"W. E. B. Du Bois and Scientific Sociology" - The Melvin Tumin Lecture
Delivered by Professor Aldon Morris, Northwestern University
Location: Robertson Hall, Bowl 02
Date/Time: 03/26/13 at 4:30 pm - 03/26/13 at 6:00 pm
This event is free and open to the public.
W.E.B. Du Bois was one of a handful of scholars of the 20th century with a sustained global impact on sociological, literary, and political knowledge. In this talk, Morris will draw on evidence from his forthcoming book demonstrating that Du Bois was the founding father of scientific sociology in the United States; that is, American scientific sociology was founded in a segregated black university by a black man. This research disconfirms the accepted wisdom that American scientific sociology was founded solely by white sociologists in elite white universities. This talk will explore the methods Du Bois pioneered and his novel theorizing that laid the foundations for subsequent sociological analyses. Morris will offer an account of the dynamic forces that undergirded knowledge production in social science during Du Bois’ era.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology and the Center for African American Studies. This annual lecture honors the memory of Professor Melvin Tumin, whose writing on social inequality edified and inspired a generation of American social scientists.
Aldon Morris is the Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern University. His interests include race, social inequality, religion, politics, theory and social movements. Morris is the author of the award winning book, "The Origins of the Civil rights Movement." In 1986 "Origins" won the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award by the American Sociological Association. He is co-editor of the volumes, "Frontiers in Social Movement Theory" and "Opposition Consciousness." He has published widely on a variety of topics. He is currently completing a book on the sociology of W. E. B. Du Bois and his role as a founder of American sociology. He is working on a volume on the civil rights movements throughout the United States rather than focusing exclusively on the Southern Civil Rights Movement. In 2009 Morris won the Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award for a lifetime of research, scholarship and teaching from the American Sociological Association. Morris is a former Chair of Sociology, Director of Asian American Studies and Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University.
Department: Center for African American Studies