“God give us grace to realize that education is not simply doing things we like, studying the tasks that appeal to us, or wandering in the world of thought whither and where we will. In a universe where good is hidden underneath evil and pleasure lurks in pain, we must work if we would learn and know. It is the unpleasant task, the hard lesson, the bitter experience that often leads to knowledge and power and good. Let us, O Lord, learn this in the days of youth while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when Thou shalt say, “I have no pleasure in them. (Ecclesiastes 11:1-7)” W.E.B. Du Bois (ca. 1910)
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Welcome to the on-line home of the W.E.B. Du Bois Teaching Workshop, sponsored by the African American Studies Department at the University of Houston. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2009, at the Shrine of the Black Madonna. Breakfast will be served from 8:30-9:00. Continuing education and professional development hours will be given.
Who is W.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963)? The brilliant author of his justly famous Souls of Black Folk (1903)? The tireless activist who co-founded the NAACP? An avowed socialist and communist investigated by the FBI? The thoughtful editor and steady writer for The Crisis between 1910 and 1934? Steely sage or fiery prophet who raged against racial oppression, Jim Crow segregation, and economic exploitation? More concretely, how does one teach Du Bois--in U.S. history? In literature? In world history? In sociology? In political science?
These questions and many more form the bedrock of the W.E.B. Du Bois Teaching Workshop. A collaborative effort between scholars, students, authors and activists, this workshop seeks to foster critical discussion and offer innovative strategies for teaching Du Bois in the twenty-first century.
Other recent events in Houston relating to W.E.B. Du Bois include San Diego State historian Edward J. Blum's lecture on Du Bois and religion at the University of Houston, at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 3, 2008. Co-sponsored by UH's African American Studies Department and History Department, Blum delivered a lecture titled "The Noose and the Cross: Race, Religion, and the Redemption of Violence in the Works of W.E.B. Du Bois." Blum's lecture featured updated material relating to his Pulitzer Prize nominated W.E.B. Du Bois, American Prophet (Pennsylvania, 2007). For more on the event, including a podcast of the lecture, click here.
© Phil Sinitiere, 2008
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