One of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century will be the focus of a discussion, “W.E.B. Du Bois: Black Identity and American Democracy,” on November 2. The author of such seminal works as The Souls of Black Folk and a co-founder of the NAACP, Du Bois was an intellectual pioneer who explored the issue of race in America in his scholarship, writing, and advocacy.
Moderated by visiting assistant professor Dr. Michael Weinman, the panel discussion will discuss Du Bois’s work and his influence on identity today.
"The central inspiration for this panel discussion is my conviction that W.E.B. Du Bois is the foremost thinker with whom to confront the questions about identity and identification that form the backbone of this year’s Themester,” said Dr. Weinman. “As soon as I saw the theme selected, I knew that I wanted to center my course on his work and bring to the IU community an event with world-class leading experts on Du Bois’s work, his life, and his legacy.”
"Black Identity and American Democracy" examines the life and work of American sociologist and historian W.E.B. Du Bois, who analyzed the intersections between Black and African American identities, including during the Jim Crow Era and civil rights movements of the 1950s/1960s. Weinman says he looks forward to discussing the theme of "identity politics" and how it is used now in modern society, especially compared to Du Bois's earlier teachings.