2020 Du Boisian National Convening – Just another LSA Faculty Sites Network site


The University of Michigan will host the Third National Convening of the Du Boisian Scholars Network in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The National Convening is the annual gathering of Du Boisian scholars and activists to build community with others committed to emancipatory and liberatory scholarship. The National Convening is an opportunity to not only discuss the intellectual legacy left by W.E.B. Du Bois and his contemporaries, but to imagine how the values and principles of such a legacy can be enacted today. We welcome scholars and activists of all kinds, working within and outside of higher education institutional spaces, to join us for a weekend of lively discussion.

The theme of this year’s convening is “Transformative Scholarship” and the goal will be to provide a lens to the Du Boisian tradition through the research and social justice work that is being done in southeast Michigan.   The convening program is structured to allow participants to learn from each other, reflect on ways to expand our work using a Du Boisian lens, and grow our individual networks in order to include scholars across the country and the world who maintain a similar orientation to our work. 

Registration has been POSTPONED.  

To protect the health and safety of our network members and to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, we are postponing the convening of the Third National Convening of the Du Boisian Scholars Network at the University of Michigan originally scheduled for May 15-17, 2020.  By postponing this event, we are following the general public health principle of limiting the interaction of people within larger groups to diminish disease transmission and protect everyone in our communities, particularly the most vulnerable.

There is no cost for registration.  Housing support for the Convening will be available for graduate students and faculty coming from institutions where conference travel funding may be limited. However, the University of Michigan cannot provide travel support.

If you have additional questions please contact Dubois-Scholars@umich.edu.


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