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University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst

W.E.B. Du Bois Department

Current Newsletter:

Du Bois Lines Archives (PDFs):


2012 - 2013

2011 - 2012

2010 - 2011

2009 - 2010

2008 - 2009

Fall 2007

Winter 1979

Inaugural Issue, Nov. 1973



W.E.B. Du Bois Lines was first published in 1973 as the official newsletter of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies. Scanned copies of our most recent and available past issues appear here as links to downloadable PDF files.

The newsletter defined its mission as carrying information concerning: 1) the Du Bois Department; 2) programs of the New Africa House Cultural Center; 3) organizational and professional activities of faculty and staff; and, 4) information of interest to students and scholars of Afro-American Studies programs. Faculty member/artist Nelson Stevens drew the Du Bois logo.

Before the 1980s, however, the publication of Du Bois Lines was indefinitely suspended. Other newspapers and periodicals helped fill the void the cessation of Du Bois Lines created. Department faculty members worked with the publication of the award-winning art magazine DRUM. Students initiated and (with department faculty support) sustained the UMass Amherst newspaper Nommo News. For the last decade or more, however, there has been nothing, except our website and social networking efforts, to serve as the department's mouthpiece. With this new series of our newsletter we want to restore that missing voice. As individuals and as a collective, the Du Bois Department, its faculty, staff and students, are making a statement. Through Du Bois Lines we want to fulfill the original mission the newsletter. We want to tell our story as only we can. We invite you to read our lines, between the lines, and to add some lines of your own. Short essays of up to 500 words, Letters to the Editor, poems, alumni/ae updates, book/media reviews, photographs (jpeg), and drawings, they are all welcome.

Please submit information to:
The W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies
329 New Africa House
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9289 USA
Phone: 413.545.2751 Fax: 413.545.0628