Vanessa Davies, Visiting Scholar Researcher, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
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.
Presented by Harvard Semitic Museum with support from the Marcella Tilles Memorial Fund.