Diversity Minor Blog

January 11, 2019

2/28/19 Aldon Morris: WEB Du Bois at the Center

Date: February 28, 2019
Place: Kane 120

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W.E.B. Du Bois was one of a handful of 20th century scholars with a sustained global impact on sociological, literary, and political thought. In this talk, Dr. Morris will draw on evidence from his award-winning book, The Scholar Denied, to demonstrate that Du Bois was the founding father of scientific sociology in the United States. This talk will explore the methods Du Bois pioneered that laid the foundations for subsequent ground-breaking empirical studies of racial inequality and the role of black activism to overthrow racial oppression.

Aldon Morris is the Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern University. Morris is the author of the award winning book, The Origins of the Civil rights Movement. He is co-editor of Frontiers in Social Movement Theory, and Opposition Consciousness. His recent book, The Scholar Denied: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology, was published in 2015 by the University of California Press. Morris has received numerous prestigious awards for his works and distinguished career.