Recognizing an Imperfect Past: History, Memory and the American Public
Jun
12
9:00 am09:00

Recognizing an Imperfect Past: History, Memory and the American Public

  • Georgia Historical Society

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.

For more information: http://www.davidwblight.com/david-w-blight-slavery-civil-rights-events/2017/6/12/recognizing-an-imperfect-past-history-memory-and-the-american-public

The Charleston Forum on Race
Jun
16
5:30 pm17:30

The Charleston Forum on Race

  • Charleston Music Hall

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.”

For more information: http://www.davidwblight.com/david-w-blight-slavery-civil-rights-events/2017/4/17/the-charleston-forum-on-race


The Civil War, Race and Reunion
May
3
7:00 pm19:00

The Civil War, Race and Reunion

  • First Congregational Church of Manchester

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.

For more information: http://www.davidwblight.com/david-w-blight-slavery-civil-rights-events/2017/5/3/the-civil-war-race-and-reunion

Writing the Life of Frederick Douglass: Lessons for Our Own Time
Mar
31
7:00 pm19:00

Writing the Life of Frederick Douglass: Lessons for Our Own Time

  • University of Virginia at Wise, David J. Prior Convocation Center

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.

For more information: http://www.davidwblight.com/david-w-blight-slavery-civil-rights-events/2017/3/31/writing-the-life-of-frederick-douglass-lessons-for-our-own-time

Fourth Annual James P. Jones Lecture at Florida State University, Tallahassee
Mar
23
5:00 pm17:00

Fourth Annual James P. Jones Lecture at Florida State University, Tallahassee

  • FSU Alumni Association, Rendina Room

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.

For more information: http://www.davidwblight.com/david-w-blight-slavery-civil-rights-events/2017/3/23/fourth-annual-james-p-jones-lecture-at-florida-state-university-tallahassee

Reflections on the Impact of the Reconstruction Amendments
Mar
14
7:20 pm19:20

Reflections on the Impact of the Reconstruction Amendments

  • National Museum of African American History and Culture

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.

For more information: http://www.davidwblight.com/david-w-blight-slavery-civil-rights-events/2017/3/14/reflections-on-the-impact-of-the-reconstruction-amendments

Liberty and Responsibility in the Political Thought of Frederick Douglass
Mar
9
Mar 12

Liberty and Responsibility in the Political Thought of Frederick Douglass

  • The Liberty Fund, Inc.

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.

For more information: http://www.davidwblight.com/david-w-blight-slavery-civil-rights-events/2017/3/5/liberty-and-responsibility-in-the-political-thought-of-frederick-douglass

Chabraja Center for Historical Studies’ Distinguished Lecture at Northwestern University
Feb
16
4:30 pm16:30

Chabraja Center for Historical Studies’ Distinguished Lecture at Northwestern University

  • Northwestern University, Harris Hall

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."

For more information: http://www.davidwblight.com/david-w-blight-slavery-civil-rights-events/2017/2/6/lecture-on-frederick-douglass-at-northwest-university

The Legacy of Reconstruction: Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Feb
11
9:30 am09:30

The Legacy of Reconstruction: Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series

  • New-York Historical Society

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.

For more information: http://www.davidwblight.com/david-w-blight-slavery-civil-rights-events/2017/2/11/the-legacy-of-reconstruction-bernard-and-irene-schwartz-distinguished-speakers-series

 

The Biddle Memorial Lecture: “DOUGLASS! DOUGLASS! Writing the Life of Frederick Douglass: Why, and Why Now?”
Nov
9
12:00 pm12:00

The Biddle Memorial Lecture: “DOUGLASS! DOUGLASS! Writing the Life of Frederick Douglass: Why, and Why Now?”

  • Harvard Law School

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

The Right to Vote: Protection or Suppression Since 1965
Nov
3
4:30 pm16:30

The Right to Vote: Protection or Suppression Since 1965

  • Yale University, Linsly-Chittenden Hall

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.

(Photo by: McClure Images)

For more information: http://www.davidwblight.com/david-w-blight-slavery-civil-rights-events/2016/10/24/the-right-to-vote-protection-or-suppression-since-1965

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 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.