History Weekend 2019

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 4

7:30 PM: Withers Hall, Rm 232A. Dr. Blight will screen hour two of the documentary, Reconstruction: America after the Civil War.  Following the screening, there will be a short Q& A session with Dr. Blight.

Saturday, October 5

9:30 AM: Coffee and Bagels, Withers Hall Lobby

10:00 AM: Main Event, Withers Hall 232A


David Zonderman, Head, History Department

Tom Birkland, Associate Dean for Research and Engagement, 
College of Humanities and Social Sciences


David Blight, Sterling Professor of History, African American Studies, Yale University. “Composite Nation: Frederick Douglass's Vision of a Multi-Ethnic America” The lecture will discuss Frederick Douglass's post Civil War vision for a new, reconstructed, re-imagining of America  - a second founding, in which the country had the opportunity to create an unprecedented multi-ethnic, multi-racial republic.  

11:30 AM: Book Signing (books may be purchased in advance or on site)

Blight, David Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom. Simon & Schuster, 2018. 

Events are free and open to the public, but registration is recommended to reserve space.

Please contact Ingrid Hoffius at ibhoffiu@ncsu.edu (919) 513-2313 with any questions. 


David W. Blight  is a teacher, scholar and public historian. At Yale University he is Sterling Professor of History, joining that faculty in January, 2003. As of June, 2004, he is Director, succeeding David Brion Davis, of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. In his capacity as director of the Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale, Blight organizes conferences, working groups, lectures, the administering of the annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize, and many public outreach programs regarding the history of slavery and its abolition.  His latest book is a new full biography, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, published in October, 2018 by Simon and Schuster.  Blight works in many capacities in the world of public history, including on boards of museums and historical societies, and as a member of a small team of advisors to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum team of curators.  For that institution he wrote the recently published essay, “Will It Rise: September 11 in American Memory.” In 2012, Blight was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and delivered an induction address, “The Pleasure and Pain of History.”

Read Smart Discussion Series

 Thursday, Sept 26 – Cameron Village Library

Dr. David Zonderman will lead a discussion of Dr. Blight's Pulitzer Prize winning book, "Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom." The discussion will primarily focus on the following parts of the book: the Introduction, Chapters 7, 13-15, and 17-22, which cover Douglass’s rise as an abolitionist speaker and the Civil War. 

Read Smart Discussion Series

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