Merle Curti Lecture Series: "Writing the Life of Frederick Douglass: Why and Why Now?"
Oct
26
Oct 28

Merle Curti Lecture Series: "Writing the Life of Frederick Douglass: Why and Why Now?"

  • University of Wisconsin

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.

For more information: http://www.davidwblight.com/david-w-blight-slavery-civil-rights-events/2016/9/10/38qvhago7fbnuq6hhv3g84tgfugzck


Incorporating Equality: The First 150 Years of the Fourteenth Amendment
Sep
15
Sep 17

Incorporating Equality: The First 150 Years of the Fourteenth Amendment

  • The University of the South

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.

For more information: http://www.davidwblight.com/david-w-blight-slavery-civil-rights-events/2016/9/8/incorporating-equality-the-first-150-years-of-the-fourteenth-amendment

The 14th Amendment: A Living Document
Jun
1
5:30 pm17:30

The 14th Amendment: A Living Document

  • Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium

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
May
19
May 21

"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

  • NMAAHC

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.

For more information: http://www.davidwblight.com/david-w-blight-slavery-civil-rights-events/2016/5/19/national-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture-opening-conference

David Blight Receives 2016 Kidger Teacher/Educator Award
Apr
5
5:00 pm17:00

David Blight Receives 2016 Kidger Teacher/Educator Award

  • Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center

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).

For more information: http://www.davidwblight.com/david-w-blight-slavery-civil-rights-events/2016/3/16/5liztpfy3eggdn4xt4obg890gk8saw

Panel on "The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition"
Feb
18
4:00 pm16:00

Panel on "The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition"

  • 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.

For more information: http://www.davidwblight.com/david-w-blight-slavery-civil-rights-events/2016/2/18/z7c2zs3nwu4wg6s6iiunpzelzal65v

New-York Historical Society's Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series "Reconstruction at 150"
Feb
13
9:30 am09:30

New-York Historical Society's Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series "Reconstruction at 150"

  • New-York Historical Society

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

New-York Historical Society’s "Justice in Film" Film Series
Feb
12
7:00 pm19:00

New-York Historical Society’s "Justice in Film" Film Series

  • New-York Historical Society

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).

For more information: http://www.davidwblight.com/david-w-blight-slavery-civil-rights-events/2016/2/12/new-york-historical-societys-justice-in-film-film-series

Discussion: THE FREE STATE OF JONES, Gary Ross, (2016)
Nov
21
7:00 pm19:00

Discussion: THE FREE STATE OF JONES, Gary Ross, (2016)

  • Warner Bros. Theater, NMAH

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.

Lecture at the Charleston Library Society
Nov
16
12:30 pm12:30

Lecture at the Charleston Library Society

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.

Conference on 1865 Freedmen's Convention
Oct
1
8:00 am08:00

Conference on 1865 Freedmen's Convention

  • St. Paul's AME Church

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.

Using History to Make Slavery History
Sep
24
Sep 26

Using History to Make Slavery History

  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

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.

Calhoun College Master's Tea
Sep
9
4:00 pm16:00

Calhoun College Master's Tea

  • Calhoun College Yale University

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

9-11 and American Memory
Jul
16
8:00 am08:00

9-11 and American Memory

  • 9/11 Memorial & Museum

David Blight will give a lecture for the Gilder Lehrman Institute (GLI) 2015 Teacher Seminar "9-11 and American Memory."

 The Civil War in American Memory: Legacies in Our Time - A Lecture by Yale Historian David Blight
May
7
7:00 pm19:00

The Civil War in American Memory: Legacies in Our Time - A Lecture by Yale Historian David Blight

  • Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium

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.

After Appomattox: Gregory Downs in Conversation with David Blight
Apr
27
6:03 pm18:03

After Appomattox: Gregory Downs in Conversation with David Blight

  • The Graduate Center

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.