Chicago Humanities Festival
Oct
26
4:00 PM16:00

Chicago Humanities Festival

David Blight will discuss his new book, “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” (Simon & Schuster, October 2018), at the Field Museum, James Simpson Theatre, 1400 S Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605, on October 26, at 4:00pm. This lecture is part of the Chicago Humanities Festival, Richard J. Franke Program.

For more information: https://www.chicagohumanities.org/events/david-blight-frederick-douglass/

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Library Company of Philadelphia
Oct
29
5:30 PM17:30

Library Company of Philadelphia

David Blight will give a lecture, as part of the Library Company of Philadelphia’s 288th Annual Dinner, on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. The evening will start at 5:30pm with a reception, followed by dinner, and the lecture. The event will be held at the Union League of Philadelphia, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

For more information: https://librarycompany.org/288-annual-dinner/

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Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival
Nov
9
4:00 PM16:00

Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival

David Blight will discuss his new book, “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” (Simon & Schuster, October 2018), with Judge Richard Gergel, author of “Unexampled Courage.,” at the Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival. This event will be held at The Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church Street Charleston, SC, 29401 on Saturday, November 9, 2019, at 4:00pm.

For more information: http://www.charlestontocharleston.com/schedule/2019/11/9/prophet-of-freedom

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Gettysburg College
Nov
11
7:00 PM19:00

Gettysburg College

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David Blight will give the 2019 Annual Lincoln Lyceum Lecture. The lecture will be held in Mara Auditorium, at Gettysburg College, 300 North Washington Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325, on November 11, 2019, at 7:00pm. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information: https://www.destinationgettysburg.com/event/details/14313

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Queens Public Library
Nov
16
2:00 PM14:00

Queens Public Library

David Blight will discuss his new book, “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” (Simon & Schuster, October 2018) at the Queens Public Library in Flushing, 41-17 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11355. on November 16th, 2019, at 2:00pm.

For more information: https://www.queenslibrary.org/calendar/talk-with-david-w-blight-pulitzer-prizewinning-author-of-frederick-douglass-prophet-of-freedom/002575-0819

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Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Nov
21
5:30 PM17:30

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

David Blight will discuss his new book, “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” (Simon & Schuster, October 2018), in Hartford, CT. This event, hosted by the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, will be held at the Immanuel Congregational Church, 10 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105, on Saturday, November 21, 2019, at 5:30pm.

For more information: https://www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org/programs-learning/salons-at-stowe/an-evening-with-david-blight/

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Boston Book Festival
Oct
19
1:00 PM13:00

Boston Book Festival

David Blight will give a keynote presentation at the Boston Book Festival on Saturday, October 19th, at 1:00pm. Blight will also participate in a panel with Ron Suskind and Annette Gordon-Reed on Saturday, October 19th at 2:45pm. Both events are part of the Boston Book Festival and will be held at the Church of the Covenant, 67 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116.

For more information: https://bostonbookfest.org/festival/presenters/

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The American Civil War Museum
Oct
10
7:30 PM19:30

The American Civil War Museum

David Blight will give the 24th Annual Bottimore Lecture, “Frederick Douglass's ‘Composite Nation’ 150 Years Later,” for the American Civil War Museum on Thursday, October 10th at 7:30pm. The Lecture will take place at the International Center Commons, University of Richmond, 28 Westhampton Way, Richmond, VA 23173.

For more information: https://acwm.org/calendar-events/bottimore-lecture-frederick-douglass-composite-nation-150-years-later

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North Carolina State University 2019 History Weekend
Oct
4
to Oct 5

North Carolina State University 2019 History Weekend

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David Blight will give a talk entitled “Composite Nation: Frederick Douglass's Vision of a Multi-Ethnic America” on Saturday, October 5. This event, part of the North Carolina State University 2019 History Weekend, will be held in Withers Hall/Room 232A, 101 Lampe Dr, Raleigh, NC 27607 at 10:00am. On Friday, October 4th at 7:30pm in Withers Hall/Room 140, David Blight will screen hour two of the documentary, Reconstruction: America after the Civil War. These events are free and open to the public, but registration is recommended to reserve space.   

For more information: https://history.ncsu.edu/history_weekend.php

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SCAD Museum of Art
Oct
3
5:00 PM17:00

SCAD Museum of Art

David Blight will give the keynote lecture for an event at the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) honoring the life and legacy of orator, abolitionist, writer and statesman Frederick Douglass. The lecture, part of a full day of events, will be held in the SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401, at 5:00pm.

For more information: https://www.scad.edu/event/2019-10-03-honor-frederick-douglass-scad-museum-art

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Mr. Jefferson’s Salon Series: Race and Democracy
Sep
26
6:30 PM18:30

Mr. Jefferson’s Salon Series: Race and Democracy

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David Blight will participate in a conversation with Ibram X. Kendi, Martha S. Jones, Peter Onuf and moderator, Dr. Edward L. Ayers about a conversation about how the legacy of slavery has shaped our democracy. The conversation will take place at the Historic Academy of Music Theatre, 600 Main Street, Lynchburg, VA on Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

For more information: https://www.poplarforest.org/event/mr-jeffersons-salon-series-race-democracy/

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The Free Library of Philadelphia
Sep
25
8:00 PM20:00

The Free Library of Philadelphia

David Blight will be in conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates, distinguished writer in residence at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, about Coates’ new book “The Water Dancer” (One World, September 2019). This event, sponsored by the Free Library of Philadelphia, will be held at Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, September 25, 2019 at 8:00pm.

For more information: https://libwww.freelibrary.org/programs/authorevents/index.cfm?id=90680

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Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom Book Talk | Omaha, NE
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom Book Talk | Omaha, NE

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David Blight will discuss his new book, “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” (Simon & Schuster, October 2018), at the Creighton University Harper Center Auditorium in Omaha, NE, on September 19, 2019, at 7:00pm. This lecture is cohosted by the National Park Service, National UGRR Network to Freedom, the Great Plains Black History Museum, the Kingfisher Institute, and Creighton University. The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are required, as space is limited.

For more information about the book: http://www.davidwblight.com/books/#prophet

For more information about the event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lecture-by-david-blight-tickets-66509067411

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Annual Frederick Douglass Day in New Bedford, MA
Sep
18
7:00 PM19:00

Annual Frederick Douglass Day in New Bedford, MA

David Blight will be the keynote speaker for the 2nd Annual Frederick Douglass Day in New Bedford, MA, on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at 7:00pm. The event, located at the First Unitarian Church (71 8th St, New Bedford, MA, 02740), is sponsored by the New Bedford Historical Society in cooperation with the Organization of American Historians.

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/3067357409947034/

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Frederick Douglass: Prose Poet of Democracy  | New Haven Public Library
Sep
17
6:00 PM18:00

Frederick Douglass: Prose Poet of Democracy | New Haven Public Library

David Blight will give a talk entitled “Frederick Douglass: Prose Poet of Democracy” in the Community Program Room of the New Haven Wilson Library (303 Washington Avenue, New Haven, CT, 06519) on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 5:00pm. This talk is part of the Democracy in Crisis: Conversations with NH Scholars Lecture Series hosted by the New Haven Free Public Library and the Public Humanities at Yale.

For more information: http://nhfpl.libnet.info/event/2776109

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2019 National Book Festival
Aug
31
11:00 AM11:00

2019 National Book Festival

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David Blight will participate in the panel “Changemakers” with Andrea Barnet and Andrew Roberts. This panel conversation, moderated by Kai Bird and Introduced by Shari Werb, will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001, Saturday, August 31, 11:00am - 12:15pm EDT.

David Blight will be signing his new book, “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” (Simon & Schuster, October 2018), at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, August 31, 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT.

For more information about the event: https://www.loc.gov/events/2019-national-book-festival/about-this-event/

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Martha's Vineyard Book Festival
Aug
3
to Aug 4

Martha's Vineyard Book Festival

David Blight will discuss his new book, “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” (Simon & Schuster, October 2018) in the Menemsha Tent at the 2019 Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival on Martha’s Vineyard, MA, Sunday, August 4, 12:30pm. David Blight will also participate on the panel “Social Justice” with Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah and Judge Richard Gergel about America's history of racism and racial inequality, the realities of African American identity in the current cultural landscape, and what can be done to promote social justice. This panel will take place on the grounds of the Chilmark Community Center, Saturday, August 3, , 12:00pm.

For more information about the event: http://mvbookfestival.com/

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Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom Book Talk | Chautauqua
Jul
4
3:30 PM15:30

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom Book Talk | Chautauqua

David Blight will discuss his new book, “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” (Simon & Schuster, October 2018) as part of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle. The book talk will be held in the Hall of Philosophy at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, NY on July 4, 2019, 3:30pm.

For more information about the book: http://www.davidwblight.com/books/#prophet

For more information about the event: https://chq.org/season/literary-arts/readers/clsc/eventdetail/19852/david-blight-clsc-author-frederick-douglass-prophet-of-freedom

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Aspen Ideas Festival
Jun
29
10:20 AM10:20

Aspen Ideas Festival

David Blight will discuss his new book, “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” (Simon & Schuster, October 2018) with John McWhorter, in the Koch Tent at the 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, CO on Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 10:20am to 11:10am. David Blight will also participate in a conversation with John Dickerson and Annette Gordon-Reed about Correcting America's Historical Memory. This conversation will take place in the McNulty Room of the Doerr-Hosier Center at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 12:00pm to 12:50pm.

For more information about the event: https://www.aspenideas.org/speakers/david-blight

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Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom Book Talk | Redwood Library & Athenaeum
Jun
12
5:30 PM17:30

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom Book Talk | Redwood Library & Athenaeum

David Blight will discuss his new book, “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” (Simon & Schuster, October 2018), at the Redwood Library & Athenaeum in Newport, RI. This lecture is presented in partnership with Stages of Freedom and is part of a four-day event entitled "Breaking Chains: Rhode Island's Role in America's 400 Years of Slavery."

For more information about the book: http://www.davidwblight.com/books/#prophet

For more information about the event:https://www.redwoodlibrary.org/programs/2019/04/26/frederick-douglass-prophet-freedom

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Diversity, Civility, and the Liberal Arts
Jun
4
10:45 AM10:45

Diversity, Civility, and the Liberal Arts

David Blight will take part in “Diversity, Civility, and the Liberal Arts: An Institute for Faculty and Administrators at Independent Colleges and Universities” hosted by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Atlanta, GA, June 2-5, 2018. David Blight, along with Vivia A. Fowler, President, Wesleyan College; Jeffrey Makala, University Archivist, Furman University; and Julian M. Hayter, Associate Professor of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond, will participate in a panel entitled “Confronting Difficult Histories on Campus” in the Grand Ballroom of the Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta, GA on June 4th at 10:45am.

A good deal of recent scholarship has recovered the histories of slavery, racism, and exclusion in American higher education. This session will begin with a presentation on historical memory and the selective commemoration of the past, then focus on case studies from three campuses that are confronting their own difficult histories.

For more information: https://www.cic.edu/p/2019-diversity-institute/Documents/2019-Diversity-Institute-Agenda.pdf

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Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom Book Talk | National Gallery of Art
Jun
2
12:00 PM12:00

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom Book Talk | National Gallery of Art

David Blight will discuss his new book, “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” (Simon & Schuster, October 2018) in the East Building Auditorium at the National Gallery of Art, June 2nd, 2019, 12:00pm. This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition In the Library: Frederick Douglass Family Materials from the Walter O. Evans Collection.

For more information about the book: http://www.davidwblight.com/books/#prophet

For more information about the event: https://www.nga.gov/calendar/lectures/lectures-signings/frederick-douglass-prophet-of-freedom.html

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Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom Book Talk | Retired Men's Association of Greenwich
May
29
11:00 AM11:00

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom Book Talk | Retired Men's Association of Greenwich

David Blight will discuss his new book, “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” (Simon & Schuster, October 2018), at the Greenwich Retired Men’s Association. This event will be held the First Presbyterian Church, 1 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830 on May 29th, 2019 at 11:00am.

For more information about the book: http://www.davidwblight.com/books/#prophet

For more information about the event: http://greenwichrma.org/speakers/future-speakers-3/

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National Memory in a Time of Populism
May
23
to May 25

National Memory in a Time of Populism

David Blight will give the closing keynote address, “Composite Nation: Frederick Douglass and the Question of Whether America Can Ever Achieve a Unifying Narrative,” for the National Memory in a Time of Populism Conference at Washington University, Danforth Campus. The closing keynote address will be given at Hillman Hall, Washington University, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130 on May 25, 2019 at 4:00pm.

For more information: https://global.wustl.edu/national-memory-conference/

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Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom Book Talk | Concord Museum
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom Book Talk | Concord Museum

David Blight will discuss his new book, “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” (Simon & Schuster, October 2018), with John Stauffer, Harvard University professor of English and American Literature, American Studies and African American Studies. This event will be held at the Concord Museum, 53 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord, MA 01742, May 15th, 2019, 7:00pm.

For more information about the book: http://www.davidwblight.com/books/#prophet

For more information about the event: https://concordmuseum.org/events/frederick-douglass-prophet-of-freedom/

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2019 Rall Symposium
May
14
8:30 AM08:30

2019 Rall Symposium

David Blight will give the keynote address, “The Legacies of Frederick Douglass and the Struggle Against Slavery in Our Own Time,” for the 2019 Rall Symposium at North Central College. The keynote address will be given in the Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center of North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, IL 60540 on May 14, 2019 at 8:30am. The Rall Symposium, named for the late Joseph Rall, M.D., Ph.D., Class of 1940 at North Central and internationally renowned scientist and administrator at the National Institutes of Health, is an all-day symposium that welcomes students of all majors to present their work in a professional forum.

For more information: https://www.northcentralcollege.edu/news/2019/04/25/pulitzer-prize-winner-deliver-rall-keynote

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Bay Area Book Festival
May
4
to May 5

Bay Area Book Festival

As part of the Bay Area Book Festival on Saturday, May 4, from 1:30pm to 2:45pm, David Blight will discuss his new book, “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” (Simon & Schuster, October 2018), with San Francisco Chronicle columnist Otis R. Taylor, Jr. on the San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park.

On Sunday, May 5, from 1:30pm to 2:45pm, David Blight, along with Stephanie Jones-Rogers and Caitlin Rosenthal, will examine how the brutal history of slavery laid the foundation of American capitalism and shaped today’s racial and economic inequality. This Bay Area Book Festival event will be held in the Crystal Ballroom of the Hotel Shattuck Plaza.

For more information about the Saturday, May 4 event: https://www.baybookfest.org/session/prophet-of-freedom-frederick-douglass/

For more information about the Sunday, May 5 event: https://www.baybookfest.org/session/the-business-of-brutality-slavery-and-the-foundations-of-capitalism/

For more information about the Bay Area Book Festival: https://www.baybookfest.org/

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National Antiracist Book Festival
Apr
27
3:00 PM15:00

National Antiracist Book Festival

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David Blight, author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, joins Martha Jones, author of Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America, for a conversation about the nineteenth century fight of African Americans for freedom and civil rights. This panel, moderated by Marcia Chatelain, is part of the 1st Annual National Antiracist Book Festival hosted by the Antiracist Research and Policy Center. It will be held in Grossman Hall B of the American University Washington College of Law, 4300 Nebraska Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20016 on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 3:00pm.

For more information about the event: https://www.american.edu/centers/antiracism/book-fair/

For ticket information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-antiracist-book-festival-tickets-58283302928

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The Greater Reconstruction: American Democracy after the Civil War
Apr
20
3:15 PM15:15

The Greater Reconstruction: American Democracy after the Civil War

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David Blight will take part in the University of Connecticut, Storrs, national conference, “The Greater Reconstruction: American Democracy after the Civil War,” April 19-20, 2019. The conference will be held in the UConn Wilbur Cross North Reading Room, 233 Glenbrook Road, Storrs, Connecticut 06269. His plenary talk, "Hatred of States' Rights: Frederick Douglass's Vision of Reconstruction," will be part of the concluding plenary panel on Reconstruction at 3:15pm on Saturday, April 20th, 2019.

For more information: http://www.cvent.com/events/reconstruction-conference/event-summary-33ded93de8984e5fb0d59029f690914d.aspx

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Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom Book Talk | The Graduate Center, CUNY
Apr
15
6:30 PM18:30

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom Book Talk | The Graduate Center, CUNY

David Blight will discuss his new book, “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” (Simon & Schuster, October 2018), with James Oakes, Distinguished Professor at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. This event will be held in Elebash Recital Hall at The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY on April 15th, 2019, 6:30pm.

For more information about the book: http://www.davidwblight.com/books/#prophet

For more information about the event: https://www.gc.cuny.edu/All-GC-Events/Calendar/Detail?id=47963

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Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom Book Talk | Yale University
Apr
1
4:30 PM16:30

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom Book Talk | Yale University

David Blight will discuss his new book, “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” (Simon & Schuster, October 2018), with Robert Stepto, John M. Schiff Professor of English and Professor of African American Studies at Yale University. This event, moderated by Crystal Feimster, Associate Professor of African American Studies, American Studies, and History at Yale University, will be held in Henry R. Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven, CT on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 4:30pm.

For more information about the book: http://www.davidwblight.com/books/#prophet

For more information about the event: https://www.amacad.org/events/conversation-about-frederick-douglass

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Impact: Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Through Social Change
Mar
30
11:00 AM11:00

Impact: Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Through Social Change

David Blight will take part in the Yale Alumni Association conference “Impact: Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Through Social Change,” at the Yale School of Management, 165 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT, on Saturday, March 30, 2019, 11:00am.

For more information about the conference: https://alumni.yale.edu/events/impact-advancing-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-through-social-change

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Three Conversations on Contemporary Biography
Mar
29
1:00 PM13:00

Three Conversations on Contemporary Biography

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David Blight will take part in “Three Conversations on Contemporary Biography: A Beinecke Symposium,” at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 121 Wall Street, New Haven, CT, on Friday, March 29, 2019, 1:00 to 4:00pm.

For more information about the conference: https://beinecke.library.yale.edu/event/three-conversations-contemporary-biography

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Virginia Festival of the Book
Mar
22
4:00 PM16:00

Virginia Festival of the Book

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David W. Blight (Frederick Douglass) and Raymond Arsenault (Arthur Ashe: A Life) and will discuss, through their acclaimed biographies, the extraordinary lives of the famous African-American activist-leaders Frederick Douglass and Arthur Ashe. This discussion, entitled “Overcoming the Odds: Biographies of Great American Leaders,” is part of the Virginia Festival of the Book and will be held at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903, on Friday, March 22, 2019, 4:00pm.

For more information about this event: https://www.vabook.org/program/overcoming-the-odds-bios-of-great-american-leaders/

For more information about the Virginia Festival of the Book: https://www.vabook.org/

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Abraham Lincoln Institute 22nd Annual Symposium
Mar
16
9:00 AM09:00

Abraham Lincoln Institute 22nd Annual Symposium

David Blight will take part in the Abraham Lincoln Institute’s Twenty-Second Annual Symposium “The Latest in Lincoln Scholarship,” Saturday, March 16, 2019, from 9:00am to 5:00pm, at Ford’s Theatre, 1200 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20004.

For more information: https://lincoln-institute.org/abraham-lincoln-institute-symposium-2019/

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