Immediate Release: February 3, 2016
Contact: Robert Kinney
The Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst Library
Whitney Battle-Baptiste, will lead a Discussion on W.E.B. Du Bois’s
Connection to Hartford Connecticut
(Hartford) Whitney Battle-Baptiste, will lead a discussion on W.E.B. Du Bois’s connection to Hartford, Connecticut on February 18, 2016, from 12:00 pm-12:45 pm, at the Connecticut State Library. William Edward Burghardt “W. E. B.” Du Bois was a leading African-American sociologist, writer, and activist. He was also a founding member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and editor of its magazine. Du Bois rose to national prominence as the leader of the Niagara Movement, a group of African-American activists who wanted equal rights for blacks. Baptiste’s talk is part of the State Library and Museum of Connecticut History’s Third Thursday Brownbag Lunchtime Speaker series. This series features a variety of speakers on various aspects of Connecticut history. All programs are free and open to the public and attendees should feel free to bring their lunch.
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About the Presenter: Whitney Battle-Baptiste serves as an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is the Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst Libraries. She is an historical archaeologist who focuses on the intersection of race, class, and gender in the shaping of cultural landscapes across the African diaspora. Her theoretical interests include black feminist theory, African-American material, and expressive culture and critical heritage studies. Her work includes historic sites as varied as the home of Andrew Jackson in Nashville, Tenn., Rich Neck Plantation in Williamsburg, Va., the Abiel Smith School in Boston, the W.E.B. Du Bois Homesite in Great Barrington, Mass. and the Millars Plantation on the Bahamian Island of Eleuthera.