W.E.B. Du Bois’ work had been systematically marginalized within canonical histories. The Chicago School of Sociology – acknowledged as the first American sociology department – played a part in ignoring Du Bois’ contributions to the discipline. 

On May 17th, University of Chicago is holding a one-day symposium inspired by Aldon Morris’ The Scholar Denied: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology. The symposium brings together influential sociologists, historians, political scientists, and literary scholars to honor DuBois’ contributions to sociology and other disciplines, to engage with the exclusionary politics of disciplinary histories, and to imagine the legacy and the future of race scholarship.

Awards for Aldon Morris and The Scholar Denied

  • Eduardo Bonilla-Silva Outstanding Book Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems
  • 2017 Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award, American Sociological Association, History of Sociology Section
  • 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, American Sociological Association, History of Sociology Section
  • 2016 Oliver Cromwell Cox Book Award, American Sociological Association
  • 2016 William Julius Wilson Award, Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology
  • 2016 R.R. Hawkins Award, PROSE Award for Excellence

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