This course will examine the historical philosophy of the towering Black scholar and great freedom fighter of the 20th Century. We shall engage in close readings of Du Bois’ classic work, “The Souls of Black Folk” (1903) as well as subsequent essays in his magisterial corpus, especially his classic autobiography, “Dusk of Dawn” (1940) - Dartmouth

“I want to express my gratitude to each and every one of you for your willingness to spend this summer with each other reading W.E.B Du Bois, on this magnificent campus in the summertime,” he said in welcome to more than 160 students and auditors. “I’ve never taught a summer school in my life. I want to thank you all for allowing me to do something new.”

"From there, the famous activist, social critic, and professor of the practice of public philosophy at Harvard Divinity School held forth for nearly three hours, tracing Du Bois’ intellectual influences from ancient Athens and Jerusalem to the German modernist philosophers of the 19th century and African American traditions shaped by the catastrophic traumas of slavery and systematic racism."

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