Recently discovered correspondence from the early twentieth century has shed light on a disagreement between W. E. B. Du Bois and W. M. F. Petrie, the developer of Egyptian archaeology as a scientific discipline. Their letters focused on the education of people of African descent in America and of Egyptians in Egypt and highlighted the widely divergent views and educational backgrounds of the two men. Vanessa Davies will discuss how issues raised in the Du Bois/Petrie correspondence relate to contemporary concerns about the purpose of education in the twenty-first century.
Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Race, Representation, and Museums Lecture Series
Lee D. Baker, Dean of Academic Affairs for Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Mrs. A. Hehmeyer Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University
During the early 20th century, immigrants to the US had to be free and white or free and black to obtain citizenship in the United States. However, the not-quite-white immigrants who wanted to claim the privilege of whiteness turned to anthropology among other disciplines to ratify their whiteness.