The symposium will begin with an evening reception on Thursday, October 25. Harvard faculty members, including Professors Lawrence Bobo and Henry Louis Gates Jr., will deliver toasts to honor Du Bois, a founder of American sociology and the first African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard University.
On Friday, October 26, and Saturday, October 27, the department will host a series of panels that explore Du Bois's legacy on topics ranging from the sociological canon to racial capitalism. Professor Orlando Patterson will open the conference with a reflection on the life and scholarship of Du Bois. We are honored to welcome Professor Aldon Morris, Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern University and author of The Scholar Denied: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology, who will deliver the keynote address of the symposium and engage in a Q&A session with Professor Jason Beckfield.
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- W.E.B. Du Bois