The Department of Sociology and the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania will hold a conference to honor the scholarly contributions of Dr. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois. This day-long gathering, to take place on Friday, February 17, 2012 , will celebrate Dr. Du Bois being posthumously bestowed with an Honorary Emeritus Professorship in Sociology and Africana Studies by the University of Pennsylvania. Appointment is pending approval by the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania. The Board of Trustees will be voting the day of the conference. The conference will also serve as a significant platform to engage participants in an interdisciplinary introspection of the achievements, research, scholarship and accomplishments of one of the most influential intellectuals of the 20th century.

Join us as we celebrate the appointment of Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois to the rank of Honorary Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. This event is hosted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Sociology and the Center for Africana Studies.


Friday, February 17, 2012
10 AM-9 PM


University of Pennsylvania
Claudia Cohen Hall, G17 Auditorium (entrance at rear of building)
249 South 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Conference Panels

Over 20 leading scholars from across the United States will gather to present new research examining conditions on Sociology.

Conference panels will focus on the following studies:

  • 10:00 AM-12:30 PM        Prologue & Panel 1 – Who was W.E.B. Du Bois?
  • 2:00 PM-3:30 PM            Panel 2 – W.E.B. Du Bois and Sociology
  • 4:00 PM-5:30 PM            Panel 3 – W.E.B. Du Bois and Africana Studies

The conference will also include:

      • 12:30 PM–2:00 PM  Opening and Tour of Art Installation- The Philadelphia Negro Reconsidered: Suite of 18 Silkcreen Prints
        Terry Adkins, Professor of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania
      • 8:00 PM-9:30 PM  Musical Tribute- Art Songs in the Kingdom of Culture
        Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr., Professor of Music, University of Pennsylvania

This event is made possible by the generous support of the University of Pennsylvania’s Office of the Provost, with contributions by the School of Arts and Sciences, the Center for Africana Studies, the Department of Sociology, the Annenberg School for Communication, and the Asian American Studies Program.


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