On February 23, 2012, Derrick P. Alridge, Professor in the Curry School of Education, will give the 18th Annual W.E.B. Du Bois Birthday Lecture for the Du Bois Center at the University of Massachusetts. Alridge will speak on “Ideas Have Consequences: The Radical Pedagogy of W.E.B. Du Bois.” His talk will explore Du Bois’s many meanings of pedagogy and offer a genealogy of Du Bois’s ideas about a variety of issues faced by black Americans during the 20th century. Alridge, an educational and intellectual historian, came to UVa from the University of Georgia in August 2011. He is associate editor of the Journal of African American History and, before coming to UVa, served as Director of the Institute for African American Studies and Co-Director of the Foot Solider Project for Civil Rights Studies at the University of Georgia.
Alridge is author of The Educational Thought of W.E.B. Du Bois: An Intellectual History, lead editor of Message in the Music: Hip Hop, History, and Pedagogy, and Distinguished Lecturer for the Association of the Study of African American Life and History. He is currently completing an intellectual history about hip hop as a social movement for the University of Wisconsin Press and conducting research for a book on the role of education in the civil rights movement.
Alridge will join a prominent group of scholars as the Du Bois lecturer, which include David Levering Lewis, Herbert Aptheker, John Bracey, Clayborne Carson, Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Arnold Rampersad, and Bettina Aptheker, to name a few.