Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, has welcomed twenty-one fellows for the 2015-2016 academic year. “We are delighted to welcome one of our most distinguished classes of W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellows,” says Gates. “The geography of early modern Atlantic militancy, hiphop in the American South, debt among the urban poor, living politics among South Africa’s urban poor, the circulation of the black body in the global art economy, art as excuse, a literary map of rap music, black-white collaborations in the move from rhythm and blues to soul and rock, and racial equity in education policy and practice are among the exciting projects which the 2015-2016 Class of Fellows will be pursuing at the W. E. B Du Bois Research Institute, housed in the Hutchins Center.”
At the heart of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, the institute’s fellowship program accepts established and emerging scholars from both the humanities and social sciences and occasionally from fields such as engineering and the medical sciences. Fellows are participants in a range of activities including colloquia, public conferences, lectures, readings, and workshops.