Du Bois' Darkwater and the Power of Religious Language and Imagery

A talk by Chike Jeffers, associate professor from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

In his celebrated 1903 book, The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois critically evaluates the black church as a social and political institution, suggesting that its cultural power has not been properly harnessed and that it has thus been ineffective in challenging the system of white supremacy. Against the background of this critique, Jeffers will discuss Du Bois' heavy reliance on religious language and imagery in his 1920 book, Darkwater, even at moments where he points toward the rationality of agnosticism. Jeffers will argue that, for Du Bois, there is aesthetic and moral power in religious language and imagery that cannot be forsaken even as we seek to promote the value of a scientific mindset.   

Sponsored by the philosophy department. Free and open to the public.

Friday, September 27, 2019 at 4:10pm to 6:30pm

Eliot Hall, 314
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

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