E&D Fall Colloquium - Douglass
Date: 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT September 14, 2016 Location: Agnes Flanagan Chapel
Agnes Flanagan Chapel
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave and essay “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” by Frederick Douglass
The lectures will feature speakers from different traditions and disciplines discussing with one another the great works read in the fall E&D sections in an open format. Discussion will feature thoughts, ideas and concepts that will broaden students understanding of Frederick Douglass’ Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave and essay “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”
Maureen Reed, Visiting Assistant Professor and Faculty Liaison in the College Advising Center
Joseph Gantt, Director of Forensics and Instructor of Rhetoric and Media Studies
Identification and Division in “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July”?
Rhetorician and literary theorist Kenneth Burke argued that identification, the process of creating unity through rhetoric, was impossible without its counterpart of division. This talk will explore how Frederick Douglass uses division to argue that the scope of the Declaration of Independence was incomplete and limited before then pivoting back to a theme of identification, and how similar rhetorical strategies are present in the civil rights struggles of today.
Reiko Hillyer, Assistant Professor of History
Memory Matters: Frederick Douglass and the Politics of Civil War Memorialization
Recently, all over the United States, there have been heated debates about flags, statues, and other forms of historical commemoration. Conflicts over public memory—or the study of how societies remember the past and who gets to decide what is forgotten—reflect who has political power. This talk will discuss Frederick Douglass’s efforts to shape the legacy of the Civil War, and what was at stake in that contest for his generation as well as today.
This event is free and open to the Lewis & Clark Community.