Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture: Frederick Douglass by David W. Blight

Howard Zinn Lecture Series: Frederick Douglass

 
David W. Blight, Sterling Professor of History at Yale University, will deliver the fourth Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture at Boston University on Monday, Dec. 2. Blight’s topic is “Frederick Douglass: Prose Poet of American Democracy.” The event will take place at Tsai Performance Center and is free but registration is required.

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David W. Blight is author of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winning Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom.

Blight is a teacher, scholar and public historian. His latest book is a full biography, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (2018, Simon and Schuster) has won numerous awards including the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History, 2018 Los Angeles Book Prize for Biography, and the 2019 Bancroft Prize for History.

Blight is a frequent book reviewer and has written many articles on abolitionism, American historical memory, and African American intellectual and cultural history. Read the popular article “The First Decoration Day,” a people’s history of Memorial Day in Charleston, South Carolina at the Zinn Education Project.

The Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture Series was created in 2008 by former Zinn student Alex H. MacDonald (CAS’72) and his wife Dr. Maureen A. Strafford (MED’76). Read more about Zinn’s impact on students in the Our Favorite Teacher series and consider adding your story.

Previous Howard Zinn Memorial Lectures:

Eric Foner, March 2019

Bob Herbert, 2011

Bill Moyers, 2008

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