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Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Civil War: Russwurm Lecturer Robert Levine

  • 4/3/2014 | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Location: Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge
  • Event Type: Lecture

Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Civil War: Russwurm Lecturer Robert LevineRobert S. Levine, Professor of English and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland, College Park will deliver the annual John Brown Russwurm Lecture at 6:30 pm Thursday, April 3 2014, in the Lancaster Lounge of Moulton Union. A reception in the Main Lounge will precede the lecture, and both are free and open to the public.

Professor Levine's topic, "Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Civil War" reflects his interest in Douglass, who is the subject of his current book project, The Lives of Frederick Douglass, which "aspires to offer a cultural history of how Douglass's life has been conceived over the past 170 years".

He serves on various editorial boards, including American Literary History; Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies; ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance; J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. His recent awards include a 2012-2013 National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Fellowship, and a 2013-2014 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.

Named after the first African-American graduate of Bowdoin College (class of 1826), the lecture series explores the "legacy and status of Black Americans." Notable speakers include Carl Stokes, Vernon Jordan, Shirley Chisholm, Bayard Rustin, Benjamin Hooks, and Julian Bond, among others.