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abouT The Network

The Du Boisian Scholars Network (DBSN)  is an organization composed of scholars and activists working in the tradition pioneered by W.E.B. Du Bois. The Network is rooted in sociology and welcomes others who share its goals. Seeking to enact emancipatory change both within and beyond the academy, we advance a critical intellectual agenda, collaborate with communities and movements, and create scholarly support systems for this work.

Save the Date

Second Annual National Convening
May 3-5, 2019
Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island

The Convening agenda

The convening will start on May 3 at 6PM. That evening there will be a session from 6PM to 8PM to give updates on the work of the Du Boisian Scholar Network since the last convening, and to provide space to discuss where we want to go as an organization. The convening will end on Sunday at 2PM to allow people time to return home that Sunday.

We are currently working on finalizing the program, and we will share it with you as soon as it is ready. As a preview, we are planning to host three plenaries, one on each of the main fields of action that we defined for the network: a Du Boisian intellectual agenda, mentorship, and community engagement. In addition we aim to host ten different thematic breakout sessions to give the network ample chance to discuss important issues related to the areas defined above. Finally, we will have breakout sessions designed to develop concrete plans of action for next year.


As of now we have 165 people registered for the convening. We are very happy that our initiative is resonating with so many of you! Given that we are near capacity, we ask that you please register here before March 31st if you plan to attend. At that date we will close registration for the convening.


The meeting will take place on Brown University’s campus in Providence, Rhode Island. We would like to share with you a few logistical details to help you plan your trip.

Arriving by air

  • The closest airport is Providence TF Green airport, located about 20 minutes from downtown Providence.

  • You could also fly into Boston Logan airport, which is about 1 hour from Providence. There are Peter Pan bus connections from Logan airport to downtown Providence. Alternatively, you could also take the Silverline Bus from Logan airport to Boston South Station and then take a train (Amtrak or the MBTA Commuter Rail) from Boston to Providence.

Arriving by train or bus

  • Providence is also easily accessible by train (Amtrak) or bus (Peter Pan Bus, Greyhound, Go Bus).  

Brown does not have a conference hotel, but there are several hotels downtown, about 1 mile away from campus (uphill). It is a nice walk if the weather permits and there is also accessible public transportation via RIPTA.

Where to stay

We have secured group prices with two downtown hotels:

The Hilton Providence

21 Atwells Avenue


$169/ night (2 night minimum)

When calling, mention "Du Boisian Scholar Network" to receive the group rate. You will need to make the reservation prior to April 3rd in order to receive the group rate.

Homewood Suites by Hilton

5 Exchange Street


$189/ night (2 night minimum)

If calling, mention "Du Boisian Scholar Network" to receive group rate. You will need to make the reservation prior to April 5th in order to receive the group rate.

We are able to cover accommodation for Friday and Saturday evenings for most graduate students that have asked for lodging help. If you have received an email from us about the hotel award, we will arrange the hotel accommodation for you (unfortunately we have now exhausted our travel and lodging funds, so we cannot give any further awards).

Check back frequently for updates about the Second Annual National Convening of the Du Boisian Scholar Network.

To register, please use this form.

Use the “Contact Us” section below to send us any questions or concerns you may have.


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