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Symposium to explore legacy of W.E.B. DuBois and The Crisis magazine

October 22, 2010

Wendy S. Loughlin
(315) 443-2785

Syracuse University will host the afternoon-long symposium “Who’s Been Telling Our Story? W.E.B. DuBois and 100 Years of The Crisis Magazine,” on Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 1-5:30 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium in Newhouse 3. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Magazine Department in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the Africa Initiative of the Department of African American Studies (AAS) in The College of Arts and Sciences. Parking is available in SU pay lots.

The event will begin with a screening of “The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords,” followed by a panel discussion moderated by Newhouse Dean Lorraine Branham. Panelists include Horace Campbell, professor in AAS, and Francis Ward, professor in the Department of Newspaper and Online Journalism at Newhouse.

At 2:45 p.m., Herbert Ruffin, assistant professor in AAS, will speak on “W.E.B. DuBois and The Crisis.”

At 3 p.m., students will lead the panel discussion “What’s the Crisis Today?” They will discuss the issues and events that shape this generation and how they’re covered by the media today.

AsimAt 4 p.m., Jabari Asim, current editor of The Crisis magazine, will deliver the keynote address. A reception will follow at 5 p.m.

The Crisis, a pre-eminent journal of politics, ideas and culture published by the NAACP, was founded by W.E.B. Du Bois in 1910.

For more information, contact Harriet Brown at (315) 443-7372 or

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