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ALST invites you to the annual Shirley Graham and W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture. This year's lecture is given by Oyèrónkẹ́ Oyěwùmí, professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University, and winner of the 2021 Distinguished Africanist Award, presented by the African Studies Association in 2021.

Professor Oyěwùmí's lecture is entitled "W. E. B. Du Bois, Sociology, and Race: Rethinking the Place of Africa in Contemporary Scholarship."

To paraphrase Dubois’ most famous line: the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of racism. In the twenty-first century, Dubois’ role as father of American Sociology was finally recognized but not without struggle by Black sociologists. The marginalization of Dubois in sociology seems to parallel the marginalization of Blacks in African Studies. My lecture will ask questions about whether the belated recognition of Dubois’ role in the formation of the discipline will open up space for the study of Africa given that the continent was important in his intellectual evolution. Is there any real place for Africa in the current delineation of disciplines? I hope to bring to bear my own decades of experience as a sociologist of Africa in the United States’ academy. The issue of racism is still very much a problem of our time, conspicuously marked in higher education and our intellectual pursuits. How do we overcome it?
Light refreshments will be available at 4:15pm.

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