Saturday, 8 April 2017

MIDS Seminar Series - April 2017

Topic: The Multinationalisms of WEB Du Bois and Rabindranath Tagore
Speaker: Hari Ramesh, PhD Candidate, Political Science, Yale University
Chair: A. R. Venkatachalapathy, Professor, MIDS
Date & Time: Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 3:30 pm
Venue: Adiseshiah Auditorium, MIDS
All are Invited!

Rabindranath Tagore and WEB Du Bois are two prominent figures frequently cited as representative of the soul of a people.

Du Bois rose to national prominence as the leader of the Niagara Movement, a group of African-American activists who wanted equal rights for blacks. In his numerous writings on India, Du Bois returned time and again to an analogy that would come to be called the internal colony thesis, claiming, as he does in 1943, that “we American Negroes are the bound colony of the United States just as India is of England.”

The picture attached is a rare copy of the manuscript of the Letter from Rabindranath Tagore to W. E. B. Du Bois, ca. July 12, 1929, which contains the poet's message of peace to the readers of the "Crisis."


Tagore, Rabindranath, 1861-1941. Letter from Rabindranath Tagore to W. E. B. Du Bois, ca. July 12, 1929. W. E. B. Du Bois Papers (MS 312). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Goyal, Yogita. "W.E.B. Du Bois, Rabindranath Tagore, and the Question of Comparison" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Puerto Rico Convention Center and the Caribe Hilton., San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2014-12-11

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