W.E.B. Du Bois and the Wings of Atlanta:
A Commemorative Conference at Clark Atlanta University
The year 2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of the passing of Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois. On his birthday in February of that year, it is fitting that Clark Atlanta University (CAU) celebrate his life and scholarship: Dr. Du Bois wrote his most influential works in the 23 years he spent as a professor at Atlanta University. Serving as faculty of the Departments of History and Economics, he taught at Atlanta University from 1897 to 1910, and then returned from 1934 to 1944 as chair of the Department of Sociology. Dr. Du Bois also had impact in the area of social work and as a novelist, poet and short story writer. The W.E.B. Du Bois and the Wings of Atlanta Conference will serve as a meeting at the crossroads of various paths of Du Boisís work. Conference participants will engage in an interdisciplinary and international introspection of the life, scholarship and activism of one of the most influential intellectuals of the 20th century.
In a four-day conference, beginning on February 20, 2013 and concluding on Du Boisís birthday of February 23, Clark Atlanta University will host panels that highlight his countless contributions, especially those produced in the 23 years of his tenure. Central works to be discussed include the Phylon journal (founded in 1940) and the Atlanta University Publications (which he directed 1898-1914), where he covered topics including African Americans in higher education, art, the Black church, urbanization, health, business, economics, and race relations in Georgia. Books published while in Atlanta are also central to the CAU discussion: The Souls of Black Folk (1903), Black Reconstruction (1935) and Dusk of Dawn: An Essay toward and Autobiography of a Race Concept, the second of his three autobiographies (1940).
The Wings of Atlanta conference seeks to bring together local, national and international scholars to explore themes in Dr. Du Boisís publications and collected papers in order to illuminate his experiences at Fisk University, Harvard University, University of Berlin, Atlanta University, Philadelphia, Massachusetts, New York, Chicago, Ghana and other areas where Du Bois lived and worked. Especially welcome are panels addressing the multitude of Du Boisian intellectual legacies and implications of his myriad research agendas.
This conference will be held as a conclusion to the year-long W. E. B. Du Bois Major Works Seminar Series hosted by the Clark Atlanta University Office of the President, Office of the Provost, School of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of History. The W.E.B. Du Bois and the Wings of Atlanta Conference, held on CAUís campus, offers a uniquely significant locale from which to commemorate, interrogate, and celebrate the life and work of this exquisitely educated and distinctly complex man.
As interest is wide but space limited, individual conference papers will be considered, but panels of 4-6 papers will be given preference. Panel proposals should be no more than 4 pages long and individual paper proposals no more than 2 pages. Panel submissions must identify the panel chair, names, phone numbers, email addresses, and institutional affiliation information for the chair and all panelists.
One-page proposals for undergraduate and graduate student posters are also encouraged.
Send proposals to Dr. Stephanie Y. Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions or additional information, call Dr. Evans at 404-880-6352.
Conference proposals will be accepted between January 1, 2012 and July 1, 2012.
Acceptance notification: August 15, 2012.
Excerpt from ďOf the Wings of Atlanta,Ē chapter five in The Souls of Black Folk (1903)
The function of the university is not simply to teach bread-winning, or to furnish teachers for the public schools, or to be a center of polite society; it is, above all, to be the organ of that fine adjustment which forms the secret of civilization.
CAU History Department Website: http://www.cau.edu/Academics_History_Main.aspx
Call For Proposals PDF: http://www.cau.edu/CMFiles/Docs/CAU2013DuBoisConferenceCFP.pdf
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2012 W.E.B. Du Bois Major Works Seminar Series
In 2012, Clark Atlanta University will host a year-long reading seminar on the major works of W.E.B. Du Bois.
The CAU President, Provost, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and Chair of the Department of History will engage in a sustained consideration of Du Boisian texts in preparation for the 2013 On the Wings of Atlanta Commemorative Conference. We encourage scholars of all levels to join the CAU campus, Atlanta University Center, and Atlanta-metro institutions in a nation-wide Sankofa sojourn into the writing of the most profound, relevant and complex scholar of our generation.
Jan 20, 2012
SOUL OF DU BOIS: A CAU PERSPECTIVE
The Souls of Black Folk (1903); The Gift of Black Folk (1924)
February 24, 2012
The Study of the Negro Problems (1898); The Philadelphia Negro (1899); Bibliography of the Negro American (1905); Select Discussion of Race Problems (1916)
March 23, 2012
CRIME & HEALTH
Some Notes on Negro Crime, Particularly in Georgia (1904); Health and Physique (1906)
April 27, 2012
LITERATURE & ART
The Quest of the Silver Fleece (1911); Dark Princess: A Romance (1928); The Negro Artisan (1902
July 13, 2012 AUTOBIOGRAPHY
The Autobiographies-- Darkwater: Voices From Within the Veil (1920), Dusk of Dawn: An Essay
Toward an Autobiography of a Race Concept (1940), and The Autobiography of W. E. Burghardt
Du Bois (1968)
August 31, 2012 AFRICA
The World and Africa, an Inquiry into the Part Which Africa Has Played in World History (1946/
1965); Africa, Its Geography, People and Products: Its Place in Modern History (1930)
September 28, 2012
RECONSTRUCTION & RESISTANCE
John Brown: A Biography (1909); Black Reconstruction: An Essay toward a History of the Part
Which Black Folk Played in the Attempt to Reconstruct Democracy in America, 1860-1880 (1935)
October 26, 2012
CHURCH, FAMILY & UPLIFT
Some Efforts of American Negroes for Their Own Social Betterment (1897 & 1909); Morals and
Manners (1914); The Negro Church (1903); The Family (1908)
November 23, 2012
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
The Negro in Business (1899); Business and Business Education (1947, Joseph Pierce Ed.);
Economic Cooperation (1907 & 1917)
January 23, 2013
College Bred Negro (1900 & 1910); The Common School (1901 & 1911)
February 22, 2013
BLACK FOLK, THEN & NOW
The Negro (1915); Black Folk, Then and Now (1939)
Dr. Stephanie Y. Evans
Clark Atlanta University
200w McPheeters-Dennis Hall
Atlanta, GA 30314
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