2019 National Convening



The National Convening is the annual gathering of Du Boisian scholars and activists to build community with others committed to emancipatory and liberatory scholarship. It is an opportunity to not only discuss the intellectual legacy left by W.E.B. Du Bois and his contemporaries, but to imagine how the values and principles of such a legacy can be enacted today. We welcome scholars of all kinds, working within and outside of higher education institutional spaces, to join us for a weekend of lively discussion.

This year’s convening is generously sponsored by Brown University and will take place in Providence, RI on May 3-5, 2019. The convening will focus on three key areas:

  • Du Boisian Intellectual Agenda

  • Practices of Solidarity, Caring, and Accountability

  • Community Engagement

The program is available HERE.

Registration is now closed.

If you are still interested in participating, please contact duboisianscholarnetwork@gmail.com.


Travel and Housing

arriving by Air

The closest airport is Providence T.F. Green Airport, located about 20 minutes away by car from downtown Providence.

You can also fly into Boston Logan Airport, which is about 1 hour away by car and train from downtown Providence. You may connect from the airport to downtown Providence by charter bus (Peter Pan) or public transit. If you opt to use public transit, take the Silver Line Bus from Logan Airport to Boston South Station and take Amtrak or MBTA Commuter Rail from Boston to Providence.

Arriving by Train or Bus

Providence is served by multiple train and bus services. If traveling within the northeast, Amtrak and the MBTA Commuter Rail both offer service to downtown Providence. Three private charter bus services (Peter Pan, Greyhound, and Go Bus) also have stops in Providence.

Hotel Accommodations

Brown University does not have an on-campus hotel accommodations, but downtown Providence has many affordable options about 1 mile from campus. We have secured group prices with two downtown hotels:


Due to the generous financial support provided by the Office of the Provost, the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, the Departments of Africana Studies and Sociology, and the Swearer Center at Brown University, we are able to provide some travel assistance for graduate students who wish to participate in the national convening.

Requests for travel assistance is now closed.

Graduate students who awarded travel assistance should have received an email from the Brown coordinating committee.

Travel Assistance



Friday, May 3

  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm: Organizational Townhall and Convening Overview (Karida Brown & José Itzigsohn)

Saturday, May 4

  • 8:30am - 9:00am: Continental Breakfast

  • 9:00am - 9:30am: Welcome (Laura Garbes & Prabhdeep Kehal)

  • 9:30am - 11:00am: Plenary Session: Building the Intellectual Agenda (Ricarda Hammer)

    • Zine Magubane

    • Saida Grundy

    • Fatma Müge Göçek

    • Tukufu Zuberi

  • 11:00am - 11:15am: Break

  • 11:00am - 12:45pm: Plenary Session: Community Engagement (Anthony Williams)

    • Elizabeth Hinton

    • Aidea Downie

    • Nicole Gonzalez van Cleve

  • 12:45pm - 2:00pm: Buffet Lunch

  • 2:00pm - 2:15pm: Break

  • 2:15pm - 4:00pm: Thematic Breakout Sessions I

    • Feminisms of Color (Emily Owens & Amy Chin)

    • Global Du Bois: Empire and Anticolonial Thought (Brian Meeks & Ricarda Hammer)

    • Teaching Du Bois / Du Boisian Pedagogy (Mathew Johnson & Laura Garbes)

    • The Imperial University & Communities (Claire Andrade-Watkins & Prabhdeep Kehal)

    • Speaking Truth to Power Through Art (Lisa Biggs & Julian Chambliss)

  • 4:00pm - 4:15pm: Break

  • 4:15pm - 6:00pm: Thematic Breakout Sessions II

    • Incarceration and Deportation (Dominique Morgan & Kevin Escudero)

    • Whiteness, Surveillance, and the Shifting Color Line (Saher Selod & Jennifer Mueller)

    • Doing Du Boisian Research (Abigail Sewell & Carla Shedd)

    • Indigenous Theory & the Black Radical Tradition (Tuti Baker & Alexandre White)

    • Du Bois and Black Economic Development (Paget Henry & Zophia Edwards)

  • 6:00pm - 6:15pm: Break

  • 6:15pm - 9:00pm: Reception

Sunday, May 5

  • 8:30am - 9:00pm: Warm Breakfast

  • 9:00am - 10:30am: Plenary Session: Building an Ethic of Solidarity and Accountability

    • Karida Brown

    • Pam Oliver

    • Dee Royster

    • Cedric de Leon

  • 10:30am - 10:45am: Break

  • 10:45am - 11:45am: Breakout Sessions: Enacting Our Vision

    • Developing the Intellectual Agenda (Ricarda Hammer & Amy Chin)

    • Community Engagement (Georgina Manok & George Greenidge)

    • Building Practices of Solidarity, Caring, Mutual Help, and Accountability (Prabhdeep Kehal & Renetta Walcott)

  • 11:45am - 12:00pm: Break

  • 12:00pm - 2:00pm: Closing Plenary