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NOV 11

Lincoln Lyceum Lecture – 2019 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize Laureate David Blight

On Monday, November 11, prize winning David Blight will speak at the annual Lincoln Lyceum Lecture. The lecture will be held in Gettysburg College’s Masters Hall 110 Mara Auditorium at 7pm. The event is free and open to the public.

David W. Blight is the Sterling Professor of History of American History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. He previously taught at North Central College in Illinois, at Harvard University, and at Amherst College. In October of 2018, Simon and Schuster published his new biography of Frederick Douglass, entitled, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom that received the William Henry Seward Award for Excellence in Civil War Biography, Plutarch Award, Christopher Award, Francis Parkman Prize, Pulitzer Prize in History, Los Angeles Book Prize for Biography, Bancroft Prize for History, and the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize. Blight is the author of Frederick Douglass's Civil War: Keeping Faith in Jubilee (1989); Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory (2001), which garnered eight book awards, including the Bancroft Prize, the Merle Curti Award, the Gilder Lehrman  Lincoln Prize and the Frederick Douglass Prize; A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Narratives of Emancipation (2008), which won the Connecticut book award for best book in non-fiction; and American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era (2011), which won the Aniston-Wolf Prize in non-fiction for best book on race and racism. He has edited some six books, including editions of Frederick Douglass's Narrative and My Bondage and My Freedom; W. E. B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk; and Robert Penn Warren's Who Speaks for the Negro. Blight is featured in many documentary films on American history on PBS, the BBC, and other networks. He wrote one of the chapters for the book, To Dream A World Anew: A History of the African American People, a companion volume for the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. He writes frequently for the popular press, including the Atlantic, the New York Times, and many other journals.

The Lincoln Lyceum Lecture is an annual lecture at Gettysburg College that features the recent winner of the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize.

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