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2015 Du Bois Fellows Presentations

Du Bois Fellows

October 15, 2015 4 - 5:30 p.m. Floor 26, W.E.B. Du Bois Library

Recipients of the 2015 Du Bois Library Fellowships, Nneka Dennie and Crystal Webster will discuss their research. Free and open to the public. Refreshments.

Nneka Dennie, Ph.D. (2018), W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, UMass Amherst.

"Black Male Feminism and the Evolution of Du Boisian Thought, 1903-1920”

Nneka Dennie discusses Du Bois's public and private writing from 1903 to 1920, considering whether and how Du Bois's theoretical and rhetorical exclusions of black women's oppression may be reconciled with his praxis of racial uplift, which included extensive professional networks with both black and white women. Dennie then explores the implications of Du Bois's work for black male feminism.

Crystal Webster, Ph.D. (2018), W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, UMass Amherst.

“‘The Transfiguring Soul of Childhood’: Du Bois and the Social, Political, and Cultural Role of Black Children” 

Continuing the work of literary scholars in the field of childhood studies, Crystal Webster examines the ways in which W.E.B. Du Bois resisted the subjugation of Black children through his construction of Black childhood, one that extends to his theories of racial, social, and political identity. Through access to extensive archival material, this presentation uncovers the centrality of the topic of childhood throughout various writings and correspondence and argues that Du Bois envisioned black childhood as a transgressive space in which agentive Black children possessed unique power and capabilities to shape, transgress and even transcend the color line.