The Villanova Center for Liberal Education (VCLE) at Villanova University is sponsoring a one-day conference on W. E. B. DuBois and Liberal Education. We have chosen to celebrate the work of W. E. B. DuBois because he is the exemplary interdisciplinary, engaged scholar, not merely a practitioner of the liberal arts but also an ardent defender of them. His writings encompassed and bridged philosophy, sociology, literature, political science, history, music, economics, Africana Studies, and cultural studies. He was also a journalist, editor, organizer, and political activist. 2018 is the 150th anniversary of his birth.
The keynote speaker for the conference will be Dr. Manisha Sinha, the Draper Professor of History at the University of Connecticut. She is the author of The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition (Yale, 2016) and The Counterrevolution of Slavery: Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolina (UNC, 2000). She is currently at work on a book about Reconstruction.
We invite papers from varied disciplines that engage with DuBois’ work, his life, his legacy and influence, as well as the application of his ideas to perennial questions.
The conference will take place on Friday, September 14 at Villanova University in Villanova, PA. Abstracts should be submitted by July 31.