Like so many of you I watched in horror as George Floyd died brutally while in the custody of Minneapolis police. I feel as if I am still shaking off the paralyzing combination of feelings of shock, outrage, and pain occasioned by another incident of an unarmed African American dying by law enforcement hands. This situation was made all the worse because Floyd was already subdued, hand-cuffed, on the ground and begging for relief as fellow officers casually looked on. This is not right. It is not justice.
Lawrence Bobo, W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences and new dean of social science in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, spoke with the Gazette about Du Bois’ place in the history of sociology and about how many of his insights about African-Americans and the larger culture remain spot-on today.
Nodding to Professor Henry Louis (Skip) Gates Jr. at his Whaling Church panel discussion Achieving Equality in the Age of Obama last night, Princeton professor Melissa Harris-Lacewell shook her head and said: ”If you had told me this time last year, when we were all pretty emotionally up and excited, even though George W. Bush was still our President, that we would actually feel worse a year later, when Barack Obama was our President, about questions of race in America, I would have told you you were lying.”
There were plenty of problems on the table and few easy solutions at hand as an influential panel convened Thursday evening to discuss the issue that has gone unnoticed in this issue-laden presidential election year: unemployment and high poverty rates in the African American community.
The Republican party, Donald Trump and the media all came under fire in this year’s Hutchins Forum, in the midst of what will surely be remembered as one of the most consequential presidential elections in modern time.
The Du Bois Review (DBR) is a scholarly, multidisciplinary, and multicultural journal devoted to social science research and criticism about race
Now celebrating its 15th year in print, the journal provides a forum for discussion and increased understanding of race and society from a range of disciplines, including but not limited to economics, political science, sociology, anthropology, law, communications, public policy, psychology, linguistics, and history....
The American Academy of Political and Social Science (AAPSS), one of the nation's oldest learned societies, will welcome five distinguished scholars as Fellows of the Academy in 2017. The AAPSS inducts a new cohort of Fellows each spring in recognition of their contributions to society through research and public service.