David Blight will take part in the 2017-2018 Nau Center Signature Conference, "Civil War Lives," on Friday, March 30, 2018 at the University of Virginia. His talk entitled, “Frederick Douglass: His 'Mission of the War' and Transformed Life," will be part of the first session. The conference will be held in the auditorium of UVA's Special Collections Library from 8:30am to 5:00pm. The conference is free and open to the public.
David Blight will participate in Duke University’s “American Universities, Monuments, and the Legacies of Slavery” Provost Symposium, March 30-31, 2018. This symposium provides an occasion to reflect on the meaning of monuments, racism, white supremacy, the history of the South, and their meaning for the present. The symposium will be held at Duke University, Holsti -Anderson Assembly Room, Rubenstein Library, Room 153. David Blight will be the closing plenary speaker on March 31, 2018 at 4:30pm.
David Blight will participate in the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Interdisciplinary Conference, "Re-Imagining Diversity, Multiculturalism, and Social Justice," at West Chester University on April 5, 2018.
David Blight will be the plenary speaker at the 60th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Historical Association (LHA) in New Orleans, April 12-15, 2018. The plenary session, "From Appomattox to Charlottesville: The Problem of Civil War Memory, Then and Now," will be from 4:15pm to 5:30pm on Friday, April 13. This session is sponsored by the Murphy Institute of Political Economy at Tulane University and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.
David Blight will take part in the conference, “Why Frederick Douglas Matters: A Bicentennial Symposium,” hosted by the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice. The conference, marking the bicentennial of the Frederick Douglass birth year, will be held at Linfield College in the Nicholson Library (900 SE Baker Street, McMinnville, OR 97128) on Friday, April 27th from 9:00am-4:30pm.
David Blight will moderate the panel “ The Emancipation Proclamation and the End of Slavery,” at the National Archives Foundation. The panel will be on Friday, March 19th at 7:00pm in the William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20408-0001.
David Blight will give a lecture on Frederick Douglass at Wellesley College in the Library Lecture Room, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 , at 6:00pm on March 15, 2018.
David Blight will participate in the conversation "Should They Stay or Should They Go?: The Monuments Controversy" with historian Nina Silber, moderated by Germaine Williams, at the 2018 Pittsburgh Humanities Festival on March 3, 2018. The festival is hosted by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon University. This event is a Core Conversation at the 2018 Pittsburgh Humanities Festival and will be held at the Trust Arts Education Center, 805 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
David Blight will participate on a panel at Brooklyn College in tribute to John Hope Franklin on February 28th. Time & location TBA.
David Blight will give a speech on Frederick Douglass at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland on February 23, 2018, for the annual George Washington’s Birthday Convocation.
David Blight will give a lecture on Frederick Douglass at Cedar Hill, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W Street SE, Washington, DC, 20020, on February 18, 2018. This event for the bicentennial kickoff of Frederick Douglass's birth.
David Blight will take part in the panel “Frederick Douglass: The Life Behind the Times,” along with Leigh Fought, Nzadi Keita, Sarah Meer, Hannah-Rose Murray and Jacqueline Goldsby (Moderator). The panel, sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Center, is on Friday, February 16th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street, Room 102, at Yale University in New Haven, CT.
David Blight will participate in a conversation on the life of Frederick Douglass with Brent Staples, Author and op-ed columnist for the New York Times editorial board, at the New-York Historical Society on February 13, 2018. This special celebration honoring the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass is hosted by the New-York Historical Society's Frederick Douglass Council.
David Blight will discuss Frederick Douglass at the next Mondays at Beinecke gallery talk, February 12, 4 pm, at the Beinecke Library, Yale University, 121 Wall St, New Haven, CT 06511.
David Blight will give a lecture on February 7, 2018, at the Maryland Historical Society entitled “Frederick Douglass at 200.” This lecture is part of a series of events in honor of the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Douglass at the Maryland Historical Society, 201 West Monument Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201.
For more information: http://www.davidwblight.com/david-w-blight-slavery-civil-rights-events/2018/2/7/maryland-historical-society
In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass, David W. Blight will deliver a public talk entitled, "My Voice, My Pen, My Vote: Frederick Douglass's Legacies in Our Own Time." at the University of Maryland on February 5, 2018. The event will be held at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union, Atrium from 2:30pm to 4:00pm.
David Blight will participate on a panel at the American Historical Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting "Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism in Global Perspective" in Washington, DC.
For more information: http://www.davidwblight.com/david-w-blight-slavery-civil-rights-events/2018/1/4/american-historical-association-aha-132nd-annual-meeting
America’s leading Civil War and Reconstruction historians David Blight, Eric Foner, and Thavolia Glymph, explore the meaning of freedom, equality, and emancipation as part of the Constitution Center’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.
David Blight will take part in the panel “Recasting the Confederacy: Monuments and Civil War Memory,” sponsored by the University of Connecticut’s History Department.
For more information: http://www.davidwblight.com/david-w-blight-slavery-civil-rights-events/2017/11/6/recasting-the-confederacy-monuments-and-civil-war-memory
David Blight will host and moderate the Gilder Lehrman Center's Annual International Fall Conference, "Disunion in Civil War America: Parallels for Today?" held in Luce Hall at Yale University.
For more information on the conference: http://www.davidwblight.com/david-w-blight-slavery-civil-rights-events/2017/11/3/the-gilder-lehrman-centers-19th-annual-international-conference
On June 16, 2017, The Charleston Forum will host a discussion on the many issues currently facing Charlestonians, South Carolinians, and citizens all across the United States. As part of the official commemoration events of the losses suffered at Mother Emanuel in 2015, The Charleston Forum will shine a spotlight not only on the different perspectives on race dividing our country today but also on proposed steps forward. David Blight will take part in one of the forum’s conversations on “The Future of the Past.”
David Blight will give the Keynote Lecture & Discussion: History and Memory on June 12th for the week-long NEH Summer Seminar for Teachers “Recognizing an Imperfect Past: History, Memory and the American Public” hosted by the Georgia Historical Society in Savannah, Georgia.
David Blight will discuss America’s collective memory of the Civil War and the perilous path of remembering and forgetting. This lecture, part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s “First Wednesdays” lecture series, will be held at the First Congregational Church of Manchester (3624 Main St., Manchester, VT 05254) on May 3, 2017 at 7:00pm.
David Blight will give a lecture at the University of Virginia at Wise entitled “Writing Frederick Douglass’s Life: Why and Why Now?” The lecture, sponsored by the Colgate Darden Lecture Fund and the UVA-Wise Lecture Committee, is free and open to the public.
David Blight will give the Fourth Annual James P. Jones Lecture entitled “Writing Frederick Douglass’s Life: Why and Why Now?” This event, hosted by Florida State University’s Department of History, will take place on Thursday, March 23rd from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
David Blight will take part in the panel “Reflections on the Impact of the Reconstruction Amendments,” sponsored by Duke University’s Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. The panel is part of a symposium commemorating the 150th anniversary of the three Reconstruction era amendments at the new Smithsonian museum on African American history and culture and the National Archives on March 14-17th, 2017, in Washington, D.C.
David Blight will take part in the colloquium “Liberty and Responsibility in the Political Thought of Frederick Douglass,” sponsored by the Liberty Fund, Inc. This Liberty Fund colloquium will examine how after escaping from slavery at the age of twenty, Frederick Douglass devoted nearly six decades in public life to writing, speaking, and otherwise agitating on behalf of universal liberty.
David Blight will give the Chabraja Center for Historical Studies’ Distinguished Lecture at Northwestern University on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 4:30pm-6:30pm. His lecture is entitled "Writing the Life of Frederick Douglass--Why and Why Now: The Post Civil War Years."
David Blight, along with Edna Greene Medford (Howard University), Eric Foner (Columbia University) and Harold Holzer (moderator) will discuss the transformative post-Civil War era and its impact on the course of American history in continued commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Reconstruction.
The Biddle Memorial Lecture: “DOUGLASS! DOUGLASS! Writing the Life of Frederick Douglass: Why, and Why Now?”
David Blight will give the Biddle Memorial Lecture at Harvard Law School on November 9, 2016. His lecture, “DOUGLASS! DOUGLASS! Writing the Life of Frederick Douglass: Why, and Why Now?” will be moderated by Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School.
For more information: http://www.davidwblight.com/david-w-blight-slavery-civil-rights-events/2016/11/9/the-biddle-memorial-lecture-douglass-douglass-writing-the-life-of-frederick-douglass-why-and-why-now
This panel, moderated by David W. Blight, will discuss efforts to abridge and efforts to ensure the electoral franchise, from the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to the present. Panelists include: Ari Berman, The Nation; Beverly Gage, Yale University; Isela Gutiérrez, Democracy North Carolina; and Kenneth Mack, Harvard University.
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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 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.