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.
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.