Yale Historian to Talk About Frederick Douglass

Civil War historian and Yale University professor of history David Blight will present a talk on Frederick Douglass on Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. at Lenoir-Rhyne University-Asheville, 26 Montford Avenue (second floor of the Chamber of Commerce building).

The talk is sponsored by the Association of Yale Alumni for Western North Carolina, Lenoir-Rhyne Graduate Center, and the Martin Luther King Association. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Administrator of the annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize, Blight is currently finishing a new biography of Frederick Douglass that will be published by Simon and Schuster in early 2018. Blight’s recent works have been published by Yale University Press, University of Massachusetts Press, and Harvard, LSU, NYU and Oxford University Presses. He is a frequent book reviewer for The New York Times, Washington Post Book World, the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, and other newspapers.

Blight is the author of Frederick Douglass’s Civil War: Keeping Faith in Jubilee. Passages to Freedom: The Underground Railroad in History and Memory, was the companion book for the opening of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.

His American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era, an intellectual history of Civil War memory, rooted in the work of Robert Penn Warren, Bruce Catton, Edmund Wilson, and James Baldwin, received the 2012 Anisfield-Wolf Award for best book in nonfiction on racism and human diversity.

Blight is also the author of A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including their Narratives of Emancipation; Beyond the Battlefield: Race, Memory, and the American Civil War; and Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, which received eight book awards, including the Bancroft Prize, the Abraham Lincoln Prize, four awards from the Organization of American Historians, and the Frederick Douglass Prize.

Since 2004, Dr. Blight has been professor of American History at Yale University. He is director of the Gilder Lehman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, and has had distinguished research fellowships at the Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, and the New York Public Library. He earlier taught at Amherst College, Harvard University, the University of Munich, and Cambridge University, UK. In 2012, Blight was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

For more information, please contact David Madden at 828-419-0730 or david@davidmadden.net.



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