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Centennial Annual Meeting and Conference for the
Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)


Last week Dr. Cornelius Gilbert, Dr. Kerry Burch, and Sarah Frielink attended and presented at the Centennial Annual Meeting and Conference for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in Atlanta, Georgia.  Drawing upon a number of works by W.E.B. Du Bois, which included The Souls of Black Folk, they each presented analyses of how his work can serve as heuristic devices for making meaning in higher education. 

Panel discussion title:  W.E.B. Du Bois' Discourse on the Soul as a Heuristic Device for Social Justice in Higher Education 

Panel Chair:

Joseph Flynn 


Sarah Lynne Frielink (W.E.B. Dubois’ Discourse on the Soul as a Heuristic Device for Social Justice in Higher Education

Kerry Burch (Platonic and Freirean Interpretations of W.E.B. Du Bois’ “Of the Coming of John”

Cornelius Gilbert (Reviving W.E.B. Du Bois’ Legacy of Liberal Arts and Humanities in Adult and Higher Education) 


In honor of ASALH’s centennial celebration of Black life, history, and culture, the authors of this panel will speak to the legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois’ literary contributions to Black life and education—specifically how Du Bois’ narratives of transformation in The Souls of Black Folk can serve as heuristic devices for making meaning out of spirituality, consciousness, personal and political awakening in higher education programs. For example, one author will demonstrate how Du Bois’ “Of the Coming of John” story can be used in teacher preparation programs to enliven discussions about contestations of educational purpose owing to its capacity to drive home the cardinal principle that education must be directed toward personal and social transformation. Another author will address Du Bois’ concept of double-consciousness in “Of Our Spiritual Strivings,” and how narratives of the Black experience can be used to challenge issues of injustice in higher education. In addition, one author will discuss how Du Bois’ literary contributions can serve as a bridge to revive the strengths and the tenets of a liberal arts/ humanities-based curriculum in adult and higher education degree programs. Finally, the last panelist will speak to the pedagogical value of Du Bois’ concept of soul and its relationship to non-religious spirituality and social justice as critical educational components of the higher education classroom.

Graduate School Fair September 29, 2015

CAHE will be represented at the Graduate School Fair September 29th at the Holmes Student Center, Ellington Ballroom, 10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M.  You can find more information here!

**CAHE Students:  The Graduate School has asked us to notify our students that they were unable to secure funding to support graduate student travel this academic year.  There will not be Graduate School Travel Grants available for FY 16.**

Student Health Insurance Update 8/10/15

From the Student Health Insurance Office:  Effective immediately, all students will be able to waive student health insurance if they show evidence that they are covered by insurance that meets the standards of the Affordable Care Act. 

For some students, an ACA compliant policy will be less costly than student health insurance; for others, such a policy will not be less costly.  Before students purchase any alternative insurance, they should read the information soon to be available on the student health insurance website.

 NASPA "Shake It Off" Video

The NIU “Shake it Off” video will be submitted to NASPA and included in the 2015 Annual Conference Opening Session!  Check it out here:


  Spring 2015 NIU Ally Training Dates 

CAHE Info Session, Monday, November 17th in Gabel 146, 5:00 - 6:00

Interested in finding out more about our Counseling or Adult and Higher Education master's and doctoral programs? Attend our info session on Monday, November 17th from 5:00 - 6:00 for a chance to meet some of our program faculty, gain insight into program offerings, and discuss the application process. If you are interested in attending the info session please RSVP with your name, phone number, preferred e-mail, and which program you are interested in to CAHE_advisor@niu.edu. Light refreshments will be served.

AHE Doctoral Qualifying Exam Change

Before attempting the candidacy examination, students pursuing the Ed.D. in adult and higher education are required to pass a qualifying examination. This examination must be taken after completion of at least 15, but not more than 24 semester hours of an approved official program of courses, not including deficiency courses or courses taken as part of a master's program.

AHE Doctoral Admission Deadline February 1.

The AHE doctoral program admits students for Fall admission only. To be assured of consideration for admission to the doctoral program in adult and higher education, completed applications and all supporting credentials must be received by the Graduate School no later than February 1 for admission to fall semester.

New AHE Candidacy Exam Guidelines Effective Fall 2013

New candidacy exam guidelines will be effective Fall 2013. Information about the new candidacy exam procedures can be found at http://www.cedu.niu.edu/cahe/ahe/forms_doc.shtml Please note that students must meet with their dissertation committees one semester prior to enrolling in CAHA 798 under these new guidelines. Also note options for those who have already successfully completed CAHA 798.

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