Dr. John Stauffer on the Legacy of Frederick Douglass

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Thursday March 21

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6:30 PM  –  8:00 PM


"If there is no struggle, there is no progress." –Frederick Douglass

In many ways, the progress Douglass sought is still not fully realized, yet the struggle and resistance he helped establish continues. At this special event, scholar and best-selling author Dr. John Stauffer discusses Douglass's enduring legacy and continued relevance today, in conjunction with our special exhibit Frederick Douglass: AGITATOR.

JOHN STAUFFER is the Sumner R. and Marshall S. Kates Professor of English and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. He is the author or editor of 20 books and over 100 articles, which mostly focus on antislavery, social protest, or photography. GIANTS: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln was a national bestseller. The Black Hearts of Men was the co-winner of the Frederick Douglass Book Prize and the Lincoln Prize 2nd Place winner. Picturing Frederick Douglass was a Lincoln Prize finalist.

His essays and reviews have appeared in Time, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, and in scholarly journals and books. He has been on national radio and TV, including The Diane Rehm ShowFresh Air, and Book TV. He has served as a consultant for several films and exhibitions, including Django Unchained, The Free State of JonesThe Abolitionists, and WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY. And he has been a speaker and scholar for the U.S. State Department’s International Information Program. He lives in Cambridge with his wife, Deborah Cunningham, and their two sons, Erik and Nicholas.