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W.E.B. Du Bois and the Black Experience
Taught by: Manning Marable

Description
E-Seminar Description
Professor Manning Marable (pictured left) leads an exploration of the life and work of W.E.B. Du Bois, the leading African American writer and political activist of the twentieth century and the author of The Souls of Black Folk.

E-Seminar Length:3-5 hours
Start Date:Anytime
Credits:Not-for-Credit
Prerequisites:None
Moderator:None
Columbia Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni:FREE

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E-Seminar Objectives | Outline | Instructor's Background | Lessons | Technical Requirements

E-Seminar Objectives
•    Explain the significance of W.E.B. Du Bois's contribution to the civil-rights movement and intellectual climate of twentieth-century America.

•    Identify major turning points in Du Bois's life that may help explain his increasingly radical worldview.

•    Relate Du Bois's artistic, sociopolitical, and educational contributions to the transformation of modern American society.

•    Describe Du Bois's actions and thoughts in relation to significant events in United States history.

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Outline
1.The Cultural Imagination of Du Bois
2.The International Vision of Du Bois
3.Du Bois as Radical Democrat

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Lessons
This e-seminar is divided into three sections and contains a number of interactive elements to engage you as a participant in the course. Each section begins with a "Conversation Starter," which is a series of questions that provide a preview of the section's content. Questions will be provided to guide your exploration as you move through the rich resources we have provided. At the end of each "Conversation Starter" and throughout the section itself, Professor Marable asks open-ended questions to which students may respond using a discussion board (this will be explained in the seminar). You can then post your response to the Discussion Forum where you can interact with your peers.

There are no required outside reading assignments. At the end of the seminar, Professor Marable has listed additional web resources and a reading list of books for those students interested in further study of W.E.B. Du Bois.

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Instructor's Background
Instructor's Background
Manning Marable is Professor of History and Political Science, and the Founding Director of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University. Dr. Marable was the founding director of Colgate University's Africana and Hispanic Studies Program, from 1983 to 1986. He was Chairman of the Department of Black Studies at Ohio State University, from 1987 to 1989, and was also Professor of Ethnic Studies, History and Political Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder from 1989 to 1993. Dr. Marable is the author of thirteen books, including—among others—Dispatches from the Ebony Tower: Intellectuals Confront the African American Experience (2000); Black Leadership (1998). In January 1999, Dr. Marable initiated Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, a new quarterly journal examining key theoretical issues within black America, Africa and the Caribbean. Since 1976, Dr. Marable has written "Along the Color Line," a syndicated commentary series on African American politics and public affairs. Dr. Marable was a cofounder of the Black Radical Congress, a progressive coalition of African American activists. He is a national co-chairperson of the Committees of Correspondence, a democratic socialist organization. Dr. Marable also donates much of his time with civil-rights, labor, religious and social-justice groups.

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Technical Requirements

IBM-COMPATIBLE PC
Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, or NT
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 4 or above (Internet Explorer 5 strongly recommended) or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

MACINTOSH
MAC OS 8.6 or higher
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or above or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

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