Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Student Union Ballroom

We are in the era of instant information. Through platforms such as Google, Wikipedia, Facebook, and Twitter, we have unlimited access to all the news, information, quick facts, and soundbites we can handle. How can a scholar who died over 60 years ago compete in a world where information comes at us so quickly?

This talk is about how the digital age uniquely accommodates the legacy of W. E. B. Du Bois, and serves as a perfect bridge to bring his work to a new generation. The ability to access thousands of original archival documents on a mobile device connects the past to the present, and reveals Du Bois as a master of concision… a key reason why his words are relevant in the 140-characters-or-less world in which we live.

Whitney Battle-Baptiste, an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and serves as the Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst, will be delivering the lecture. Her academic training is in history and historical archaeology.  Her research is primarily focused on the intersection of race, gender, class and sexuality.  

This event is free and open to the public.