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E&D Fall Colloquium - Douglass

Date: 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT September 14, 2016 Location: Agnes Flanagan Chapel

  • Douglass - Revised
    Douglass - Revised

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?”

Guest panelists:

Maureen ReedVisiting Assistant Professor and Faculty Liaison in the College Advising Center

The Examined and Empowered Life: Frederick Douglass and the Pursuit of Knowledge
Beginning your liberal arts college education has likely raised questions about why you are learning what you are learning and what you can do with the knowledge you are gaining.  Frederick Douglass’s Narrative offers a model of how to find empowerment through education–even as what we learn may also raise our awareness of painful injustices and limitations.  This presentation will demonstrate how reading the Narrative alongside other core texts offers E&D students a way to consider the simultaneously uplifting and difficult knowledge we gain when we actively seek to learn.  

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 HillyerAssistant 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.

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