3:30 - 5pm1/25 - Mason Library,
Great Barrington
(7pm Mahaiwe Performance)Simon's Rock College
Great Barrington
 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1
Six Sessions 

W.E.B. Du Bois’ global impact on economic justice, education, civil rights and racial equity will be examined from the perspective of local leaders and nationally renowned scholars. We will examine the relevance of Du Bois’ work today both locally and regionally, as well as Du Bois’ cosmopolitanism via his writings including The Souls of Black Folk and Black Reconstruction. The course begins with a panel discussion and evening production of Beyond the Veil by Emily DeVoti, a play that imagines a fictitious meeting between W.E.B. Du Bois and Edith Wharton at The Mount, Wharton’s home, in 1910.


The first session of OLLI's course W.E.B. Du Bois: Global Citizen Rooted in the Berkshires is this Friday, January 25th, from 3:30pm to 5pm. It will be held at the Mason Library located at 231 Main Street in downtown Great Barrington, not at Simon's Rock.

The Mason Library is currently hosting an exhibit on Du Bois, which you will be able to view during the first class session, and read about here:,561684?

As festival again honors Du Bois, 'controversial' exhibit on display | The Berkshire Eagle | Pittsfield Breaking News, Sports, Weather, Traffic

GREAT BARRINGTON — On April 15, 1956, radio broadcaster Sidney Roger sent a telegram to Southern novelist William Faulkner, telling him that W.E.B. Du Bois was challenging him to a debate about civil rights in the wake of the lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till and the acquittal of his suspected killers by a white jury in Mississippi.

That Friday evening at 7pm you and the public are also invited to attend a staged reading of Beyond the Veil at the Mahaiwe, about an imagined meeting between Du Bois and Edith Wharton. Tickets are free and it is open to the public. It will be followed by a panel discussion. To reserve your free tickets and for more information, click here:

W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Festival presents A Staged Reading of Beyond the Veil, 2019-01-25 19:00. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Berkshires, Great Barrington , MA

FREE. Performed by Shakespeare & Company Written by Emily DeVoti Directed by Regge Life Panel respondent Dr. Frances Jones-Sneed Sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union, Berkshire Bank, and Multicultural BRIDGE

The OLLI class, exhibit, and performance are all part of Great Barrington's W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Festival. If you have any questions, please let us know. We are happy to help!

The OLLI Office 

1/25: Please see announcement above: Panel discussion followed by Beyond the Veil performance at the Mahaiwe.

2/1: Dr. Justin Jackson, professor of history at Bard College at Simon’s Rock

2/8: Leticia Haynes, Vice President for Institutional Diversity & Equity, Williams College

2/15: Reverend Sloan Letman IV, Second Congregational Church, Pittsfield

2/22: Dr. Tasha Alston, assistant professor of social work at Western Carolina University

3/1: Dr. Mary Nell Morgan, professor of political science at SUNY & Dr. Frances Jones-Sneed, professor emerita at MCLA

Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant, B.A. Bard College at Simons Rock; founder and CEO of Multicultural BRIDGE; Chair, Great Barrington W.E. B. Du Bois Legacy Committee. Co-curator and moderator.

Randy F. Weinstein, B.A. Westfield State University; founder of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center in Great Barrington; Vice Chair, Great Barrington W.E. B. Du Bois Legacy Committee. Co-curator and moderator.


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