The 2016-17 W.E.B. Du Bois Educational Series at Great Barrington is presented in partnership with the Berkshire Hills Regional School District for its second year. The series, launched April 2016, was inaugurated by scholar and Pulitzer Prize winning Du Bois biographer David Levering Lewis. The upcoming program features four events during the 2016-2017 school year. All events are free to the public and will take place in the Monument Mountain Regional High School Auditorium.
The series honors Du Bois, recognized as the “premier architect of the civil rights movement in America,” who was born and raised in Great Barrington, graduating from Great Barrington High School in 1884. In the spirit of Du Bois, the series is intended to heighten awareness of racism, modern slavery, gender and economic inequality and other injustices. The series’ programs and forums are intended to engage and inspire students and others through real-life focused, interactive presentations using a variety of mediums, including lecture, film, and music.
The W.E.B. Du Bois Educational Series Presents:
- Monday, March 20, Tufts University Professor Kendra Field, will deliver a presentation drawn from her forthcoming book “Growing Up with the Country: Family, Race, and Nation after the Civil War.” (Note that Professor Field will be introduced by David Levering Lewis David Levering Lewis, Julius Silver University Professor and Professor of History at New York University. Mr Lewis has twice won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography, for part one and part two of his biography of W. E. B. Du Bois).
- Tuesday, May 23, New York City playwright Clare Coss and actors Kathleen Chalfant and Peter Jay Fernandez will put on a performance of their Off Broadway success “Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington.”
Co-sponsored by Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area.
The planning committee for the series this year includes Ted Thomas as well as Du Bois Center at Great Barrington Director Randy Weinstein, Berkshire Hills Regional School District Superintendent Peter Dillon, Monument Mountain Regional High School Principal Marianne Young, NAACP-Berkshire County Branch President Dennis Powell and member Tommie Hutto-Blake (also a member of the Berkshire Human Rights Series), U Mass Du Bois Center Director of Development & Communications Carol Connare, Multicultural BRIDGE staff member Jeff Lowenstein, and parent John Horan, who coordinates the planning committee. The City of Pittsfield Schools will be partnering with the Series this year with Cultural Proficiency Coach Shirley Edgerton coordinating its student participation.