Some of the urban themes and racial issues raised
by W.E.B. Dubois's 1899 landmark study The Philadelphia Negro are being
given a fresh look by a new multi-disciplinary center at Penn: the W.E.B.
DuBois Collective Research Institute. Led by Dr. Margaret Beale Spencer,
the Board of Overseers Professor of Education, the institute involves
eight schools at the University and brings together researchers from health
care, business, the humanities, education, and the social sciences. It
will conduct research within a framework that takes into account the uniqueness
of the African-American experience, including the various historical,
cognitive, and behavioral responses to adverse circumstances -- and the
appropriate methodological strategies for dealing with them.