Dr. Dolan Hubbard, professor and chairperson of the Department of English and Language Arts at Morgan State University is gearing up to cap off an amazing opportunity.

He has spent the 2012 spring semester at Harvard University as a Shelia Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American research. The fellowship will conclude on May 26.

The W.E.B. Du Bois Institute is the nation’s oldest research center dedicated to the study of the history, culture, and social institutions of Africans and African Americans. It draws its name from William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, revered civil rights activist and the first Black to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard.

“I am certainly honored to have been accepted into this institute,” Hubbard told the AFRO during an interview. “It’s very competitive.”

Throughout Hubbard’s tenure at the institution, he has worked on a book length project titled “W.E.B. Du Bois and the Luminous Darkness.” In this work, he puts Du Bois’ landmark piece The Souls of Black Folk in conversation with many other classic works such as Thomas Jefferson’s The Declaration of Independence, and Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun.

According to Hubbard, the work sets up a “call and response” between oppression and freedom.

A native of Granit Quarry, N.C., Hubbard was educated at Catawba College in Salisbury, the University of Denver and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also has received fellowships from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

His research interests include 19th and 20th Century African-American literature,

Diaspora studies and Digital Humanities.

Hubbard has authored and edited several works including The Sermon and the African-American Literary Imagination and The Souls of Black Folk: One Hundred Years Later. He is also the executive director of a forthcoming documentary titled “Black Scholars in America: The Story of the College Language Association.”

Gregory Dale

AFRO News Editor