Du Bois Symposium

Sesquicentennial Symposium W. E. B. Du Bois Symposium

Morgan State University will hold Sesquicentennial Symposium in honor of the 150th birthday of William Edward Burghardt "W. E. B." Du Bois (February 23, 1868 - August 27, 1963), in the University Student Center Theater on Friday, February 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

The two hour symposium will consist of a faculty panel and two teams from the University of Debate, founded in 2017.

The symposium will offer a rare opportunity to watch students from the University of Debate engage in a cross-examination format in a spirited debate of the competing visions of black advancement articulated by Du Bois and Booker T. Washington including the politics of Black Lives Matter.

The University of Debate offers access to some of debate's top talent to develop, grow and thrive through first hand experiences with debate and public speaking. Opportunities and services focus on the needs of communities of color that have lost access to debate due to financial, political and social reasons. All of the participants of this debate were a part of the former Baltimore Urban Debate League HS Debate Program, which is no longer servicing high school debate in Baltimore City.

Schedule of Events


10:00 a.m.. – 10:50 a.m. University Student Theater
OPENING Presiding: Dr. Dolan Hubbard, Chairperson Greetings: Dr. Gloria Gibson, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dr. Mbāre Ngom, Dean, James H. Gilliam, Jr., College of Liberal Arts

11:00 a.m. – 12 noon, University Student Theater
SESSION I: Du Bois and the Struggle for Civil Rights in the 21st Century

Moderator: TBA
’The Problem with Amusement’: Du Bois, Sport, and Black Advancement in the Early Jim Crow Period” by Dr. Dexter Blackman, Department of History and Geography, Morgan State University
“The Niagara Movement and the Urban South: The Local-National Organizing at the Birth of Jim Crow” by Dr. David Terry, Department of History and Geography, Morgan State University
“From Post War to Cold War: Black Critics and Novelists of the 1950s” by Dr. Christopher Allen Varlack, Lecturer and Webmaster, Department of English, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

SESSION II: Du Bois and Booker T. Washington including the Politics of Black Lives Matter

12 Noon, Calvin and Tina Tyler Ballroom C
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS & CLOSING REMARKS 

Reception to follow (by invitation only)