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In addition to his substantial contributions to sociology and civil rights activism, W.E.B. Du Bois was an early champion of using data to investigate and highlight the history and reality of Black Americans. In particular, Du Bois’s visualization contributions to the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris provided a powerful lens through which to understand the progress made by Black Americans – and especially Black Southerners – since Emancipation in the mid-nineteenth century. 

In this talk, Ph.D. student Alexander Yoshizumi will explore Du Bois’s data visualization contributions to the 1900 Exposition Universelle and discuss the inspiration behind the W.E.B. Du Bois Visualization Exhibit at NC State. Circumstances allowing, a selection of exhibit contributors will also showcase their work and share their ongoing research related to racial justice and equity.

This event is part of the NC State University Libraries' ongoing Coffee & Viz series and GIS Week at NC State. Attendees will be entered into a drawing to receive (via mail) their choice of a coffee bag or tea tin and a mug from locally-owned sweet shop Anisette.

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