In honor of Black History Month faculty presented “Frederick Douglass Lives!” on the life and legacy of the great nineteenth century American abolitionist. Dr. Doug Anderson of the English department discussed the various themes of Douglass’ famous autobiography published in 1845. Dr. William Barnhart of the History department talked about the origins of abolitionism and Douglass’ contributions to the movement. Dr. Katie Kornacki of the English department presented on Frederick Douglass’ connection to the women’s rights movement that grew out of abolitionism. The panel also shared their thoughts on Douglass’ continuing relevance for a variety of human rights issues today.
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