Speaking Requests


Dr. Wright is available for speaking engagements.


Dr. Wright delivers talks on a number of topics including those below.

1) “A Well-Dressed Lie and the Naked Truth: The Black and Southern Roots of American Sociology.” This lecture includes an examination of the contributions of Black Americans to the discipline of sociology in the United States. Moving beyond the tremendous exploits of W. E. B. Du Bois and the Atlanta Sociological Laboratory, the significant sociological contributions of Black men and women at Atlanta University, Fisk University, Howard University and Tuskegee Institute are contextualized.

2) “The First American School of Sociology: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Atlanta Sociological Laboratory.” This lecture centers on the significance of W. E. B. Du Bois and the Atlanta Sociological Laboratory to the discipline and is rooted in his groundbreaking research and book. Dr. Wright emphasizes not only that the Atlanta Sociological Laboratory comprised the first American school of sociology, but that the school institutionalized methodological practices now considered commonplace before any American unit (e.g., insider researcher, acknowledgement of the limitations of one’s research and method triangulation).

2) “The Damnation of Hip Hop: W. E. B. Du Bois, Jay Z and the Talented Tenth.” This W. E. B. Du Bois influenced lecture focuses on the successes, failures and possibilities of contemporary hip hop artists and songs. Contemporary artists are compared and contrasted to previous generations while being challenged to achieve their potential as articulated in Du Bois’s critical essay of Harlem Renaissance artists, “The Criteria for Negro Art.”


Contact Dr. Wright at the address below for fee / honorarium information.


Dr. Wright travels under his legal name, Earl Wright II. All airline tickets should be reserved under his legal name.


Email: wrighte@rhodes.edu


Twitter: @EarlWrightII

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