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.

Note the classroom for this course is the Simon's Rock Lecture Center


1/25: Panel discussion followed by Beyond the Veil performance at the Mahaiwe. Separate fee: $10/OLLI members

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

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

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

2/22: Dr. Tasha Alston, professor of psychology at Georgia Gwinnett College

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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