OLLI at BCC is honored to be a partner in the monthlong celebration of the 150th anniversary of W.E.B. Du Bois’ birth in Great Barrington. We are proud to offer a course, The Remarkable Life and Tumultuous Times of W.E.B. Du Bois, curated by the volunteer co-chairs of the celebration, Multicultural BRIDGE CEO Gwendolyn Hampton-Van Zant and Randy Weinstein, founder of the Du Bois Center in Great Barrington.

The first and last sessions of the OLLI course are free public events that all are welcome to attend. Some of the schedule and location have changed for the course since the catalog went to press. Here is the most up-to-date version:


Session 1

Friday, January 19, 2018, 6pm (doors open 5:30pm)

Town of Great Barrington Du Bois 150th Festival Kickoff: "W. E. B. Du Bois:  A Man for All Times" (80 min play) followed by a panel discussion with Professor Frances Jones-Sneed, State Senator Adam Hinds, and others.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St, Great Barrington, MA


Sessions 2-5 will be at the Lecture Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. Click here for map: the Lecture Center is #16 at the top.

Session 2:

Fri, January 26, 2018, 3:30pm – 5:00pm: Du Bois 150th Festival Introduction with Dr. Frances Jones Sneed, Randy Weinstein and Gwendolyn VanSant


Session 3:

Friday Feb. 2, 2018, 3:30pm – 5:00pm: Whiteness and Intersectionality with Dr. Francisca Oyogoa, Simon’s Rock faculty


Session 4:

Fri, February 9, 2018, 3:30pm – 5:00pm: Memory's Veil: Du Bois and the Politics of Remembering Slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction with Dr. Justin Jackson, Simon’s Rock faculty


Session 5:

Fri, February 16, 2018, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm: The Voice of Time: Classical German Thought and the Ethics of Progress in Du Bois' Souls of Black Folk with Dr. Michael Saman


Session 6:

A free public event that all are welcome to attend:

Friday, February 23, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 7-9 pm • Community celebration of Du Bois’ 150th birthday with special guest Professor Reiland Rabaka and others. Professor Rabaka is Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the author and editor of a number of books about Du Bois, including W.E.B. Du Bois: A Critical Reader. He is also a published poet, spoken-word artist, and musician.

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