W.E.B. Du Bois and the Education of Black Folk

On March 23-24, a group of distinguished scholars and educators from across the United States will convene at the University City Sheraton. They will participate in a symposium W.E.B. Du Bois and the Education of Black Folk: Past, Present and Future, designed to re-examine and re-visit the significant contributions made by W.E.B. Du Bois to the field of education and discuss their relevance to African American education today and in the future.

The symposium organizers are Dr. Mary Frances Berry, Geraldine R. Segal Professor of Social Thought at Penn, and Dr. V.P. Franklin, Distinguished Professor of History at Drexel University. The free, two-day symposium is sponsored by the Du Bois Collective Research Institute established at Penn in 1998 and is open to the public, but those wishing to attend are asked to register in advance. Call (215) 898-9308, fax (215) 573-6078; or e-mail jamesbr@gse.upenn.edu.

Thursday, March 23

  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Book signings at the Penn Bookstore
  • 1-1:30 p.m.; Greetings & Introductions

Session One: Early Childhood Education, James Earl Davis, University of Delaware; Diane Pollard, University of Wisconsin; Deborah J. Johnson, Michigan State;1:30-3:30 p.m.

Session Two: Higher Education and The African-American Community, Maghan Keita, Villanova; Karla F.C. Holloway, Duke; James Turner, Cornell; 3:45-5:45 p.m.

Dinner and Keynote Address: Walter R. Allen, UCLA; 7 p.m.

Friday, March 24

Session Three: Educational Philosophy, James D. Anderson, University of Illinois; Linda M. Perkins, Hunter College; Edmund Gordon, CUNY; 9-11 a.m.

Session Four: Public School Segregation / Desegregation, William Trent, University of Illinois; Gloria Ladson-Billings, University of Wisconsin; Gary Orfield, Harvard; 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

Session Five: Educational Finance & Equity, Stephanie Robinson, The Education Trust ; Mark Rosenbaum, ACLU; Theodore Shaw, NAACP Legal Defense Fund; 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Session Six: Psychological and Achievement Testing, Anne Marie Cauce, University of Washington; Wade Boykin, Howard; Sharon P. Robinson, Educational Testing Service; 4:45-6:45 p.m.

Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 24, March 7, 2000

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