David Blight will give the annual Merle Curti Lectures at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, October 26-28. His lectures will include "Childhood of 'Extremes' and 'Baltimore Dreams': Slave Youth" on October 26; "'By the Rivers of Babylon': Words, the Bible, and the the Mid-Life Radical" on October 27; and "'Joys and Sorrows' at Cedar Hill: Old Age, Family, and Fame" on October 28.
David Blight will participate in a symposium at The University of the South, in Sewanee, Tennessee, marking the 150th anniversary of Tennessee’s landmark approval of the Fourteenth Amendment. This event will bring together some of the nation’s leading historians, constitutional scholars, lawyers, and judges to reflect on the Amendment’s future in light of its past.
David Blight will participate in a conversation about the Fourteenth Amendment along with Kenneth Mack (Harvard), moderated by Danielle Conway, Dean of the University of Maine School of Law. This event is sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council and the University of Maine School of Law.
For more information: http://www.davidwblight.com/david-w-blight-slavery-civil-rights-events/2016/6/1/the-14th-amendment-a-living-document
"The Future of the African American Past": A Landmark Conference to Mark the Opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
David Blight will speak at the historic conference, “The Future of the African American Past,” organized by the American Historical Association (AHA) and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), and sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities with additional support from HISTORY.
David Blight will speak at the 2016 Organization of American Historians (OAH) Annual Meeting in Providence, RI.
For more information on the 2016 OAH Annual Meeting go to: http://www.oah.org/meetings-events/2016/
David Blight will receive the 2016 Kidger Teacher/Educator Award at the New England History Teachers’ Association Reception & Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, April 5th at 5:00 p.m. The award ceremony is a part of the 46th Northeast Regional Conference on the Social Studies (NERC).
David Blight will give the Annual George B. Tindall Memorial Lecture at Furman University in Greenville, SC.
For more information: http://www.furman.edu/academics/history/Contact-History/Pages/default.aspx
David Blight will participate in a two-panel symposium on Austin Reed's "The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict," at Yale University.
David Blight, along with Eric Foner, John Stauffer, and Andrew Delbanco, will participate in a panel on Manisha Sinha's new book The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition (Yale University Press, 2016) at Yale University on February 18, 2016.
New-York Historical Society's Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series "Reconstruction at 150"
David Blight, along with Edna Greene Medford (Howard University), Eric Foner (Columbia University) and Harold Holzer (moderator) will reflect on the triumphs and tribulations of the fragile years in the wake of the brutal Civil War.
For more information: http://www.davidwblight.com/david-w-blight-slavery-civil-rights-events/2015/12/29/new-york-historical-societys-bernard-and-irene-schwartz-distinguished-speakers-series-reconstruction-at-150
David Blight, along with Edna Greene Medford (Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Howard University) and Harold Holzer (writer and editor of 50 books on Lincoln and the Civil War era) will give remarks before the screening of Glory (1989).
David Blight will speak on Frederick Douglass, from his forthcoming book, at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.
David Blight will participate on a panel at the American Historical Association’s 2016 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA.
A discussion with writer/director Gary Ross (Hunger Games, Seabiscuit) along with scholars David Blight and Steven Hahn, University of Pennsylvania, on Ross’s latest project THE FREE STATE OF JONES. The film tells the story of “Captain” Newt Knight (Matthew McConaughey), a yeoman farmer in Jones County, Mississippi, and the story of Jones County’s secession from the Confederacy during the U.S. Civil War. The program features exclusive footage from the film.
David Blight will give a lecture,"Healing and Justice? Civil War Memory in the Wake of Charleston, June 2015" at the Charleston Library Society in Charleston, SC on Monday, November 16th. This lecture is a part of the Charleston Library Society’s Wide Angle Lunches lecture series.
David Blight will participate in a panel on the Memory of the Civil War at the Southern Historical Association’s 2015 Annual Meeting in Little Rock, AR.
David Blight will host and moderate the Gilder Lehrman Center's Annual International Fall Conference, "Antislavery Republics: The Politics of Abolition in the Spanish Atlantic," held in Luce Hall at Yale University.
David Blight will give the keynote address for a conference at the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE), at Hull, UK.
David Blight will give the keynote address for a conference on the Freedmen's Convention that met in September 1865 at St. Paul's AME Church in Raleigh, NC. The conference is sponsored by the North Carolina Office of Archives and History and will be held at St. Paul's Church.
David Blight will participate in the conference "Using History to Make Slavery History," sponsored by Historians Against Slavery and hosted by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, OH. David Blight will speak about the ending of the Civil War and its meaning to Frederick Douglass.
A Panel with Edward Ball, Yale; Jelani Cobb, University of Connecticut; Glenda Gilmore, Yale; Jonathan Holloway, Yale; Vesla Weaver, Yale; Moderated by David Blight, Yale.
David Blight will speak at the conference "Ending a Mighty Conflict: The Civil War in 1864-1865," on the ending of the Civil War, at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA.
Calhoun College: What’s in a Name?
A Conversation with David Blight, Class of 1954 Professor of American History; Director, Gilder Lehrman Center; Fellow, Calhoun College, Yale University
David Blight will give a lecture for the Gilder Lehrman Institute (GLI) 2015 Teacher Seminar "9-11 and American Memory."
David Blight speaks on Lincoln and the Civil War for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Teacher Workshop "The Seat of War and Peace: The Lincoln Assassination and Its Legacy in the Nation’s Capital."
David Blight participates on the D.C. Circuit Judicial Conference panel entitled "The Reconstruction Amendments." Philadelphia, PA.
David Blight leads Gilder Lehrman Institute summer seminar on Slave Narratives. New Haven, CT.
David Blight gives the 2015 commencement address and receive an honorary degree at Dominican College. Orangeburg, NY.
No historical event has left as deep an imprint on America’s collective memory as the Civil War. In the war’s aftermath, Americans had to embrace and cast off a traumatic past. David Blight, author of Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, will explore the perilous path of remembering and forgetting, and reveal its tragic costs to race relations and America’s national reunion.
When did the Civil War end? Not with Lee’s surrender to Grant in 1865, Gregory P. Downs argues in his gripping new history, After Appomattox: Military Occupation and the Ends of War. Instead, until 1871, the U.S. Army posted troops across the South in an occupation that helped to crush slavery but gave rise to prolonged conflict with rebel forces.