The Legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois: Crossing Boundaries for Social Justice Conference

Start: Friday, May 3, 2024, 4 pm (EST)

End: Sunday, May 5, 2024 2 pm (EST)

Locations: Brown University

Salomon Center, 79 Waterman Street, Providence, RI 02906

85 Waterman Street, Providence, RI 02906

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Registration CLOSED
Non-Students - $100 | Students - Free
Deadline - March 15, 2024

The Legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois: Crossing Boundaries for Social Justice Conference is dedicated to celebrating W.E.B. Du Bois as a pioneering figure in history, the discipline of Sociology, and across diverse scholarly boundaries. This conference will provide a platform for faculty and students to explore, engage, and extend Du Boisian ideas and research to foster discussion on social justice, inequality, and activism. Participants will contribute to the ongoing dialogue surrounding Du Bois’s continued national and international influence and application in contemporary research and community action.

The conference will feature innovative, exciting keynotes, plenaries, and concurrent sessions drawing on the legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois, in general, and work that centers voices and experiences often placed on the margins, in particular. We invite submissions for concurrent sessions. Non-presenters are welcome to attend. We look forward to seeing you in Providence.

Conference Registration

Conference registration is now closed. Registration fees are not transferable or refundable.


Conference room blocks have been secured at Hampton Inn and Suites: Providence Downtown and Homewood Suites by Hilton: Providence Downtown for conference attendees outside the Brown community. Hotel reservations for the Hampton Inn must be confirmed by April 5, 2024, and for Homewood Suites by April 12, 2024.

Accessible shuttle service will operate from each hotel to Brown University. For more information about each hotel, including their amenities and locations, visit the websites below.

Hampton Inn and Suites Providence Downtown | Homewood Suites by Hilton Providence Downtown

Travel Stipends

The conference will provide a limited number of travel stipends to students from outside the Brown community. Stipends include partial transportation (reimbursed) and two-nights at one of the above listed hotels (double occupancy required). Stipends will be provided on a first-come basis. Applications for stipends are now closed.

Student Paper Competitions

The conference will feature both graduate and undergraduate student paper competitions. Although concurrent presenters need only provide abstracts, complete papers (no longer than 25 pages total, including references, tables, and appendices) are required at the time of registration for competition consideration. First ($250), second ($150) and third ($100) place prizes will be provided for both competitions. Papers should directly or broadly address some dimension of Du Boisian thought. Winners will be announced during the conference. Submissions are now closed.

Conference Updates

Click here to view the conference schedule.


Please note that parts of the conference will be photographed/filmed for promotional purposes. You will be asked during registration if you consent to be included in photos and videos. Please contact one of the event organizers if you have any questions or concerns.


Explore the city of Providence, Rhode Island, while attending the conference. Discover the rich history, cultural landmarks, and charming neighborhoods that make Providence a unique and captivating city. For detailed information on local sites and activities, please access the Visit Rhode Island webpage.

Contact Information

Conference Co-Organizers: Julian Culver, Ph.D. ([email protected]) and Sandra L. Barnes, Ph.D. ([email protected]).

Sponsored via a co-partnership with the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

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