Frederick Douglass: The Heroic Slave
October 9-10, 2014
A public event to observe and assess the publication of the first scholarly edition of The Heroic Slave, the only significant work of fiction by the 19th century’s best-known African American: Frederick Douglass (1818-1895). A runaway slave, Douglass rose to become an internationally recognized orator, reformer, journalist, and diplomat.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Hine Hall, 850 W. Michigan St., Indianapolis
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Registration
12:00 – 1:00 PM Luncheon
1:15 – 3:00 PM Session 1: The Heroic Slave in History
3:30 – 4:45 PM Session 2: The Heroic Slave in Literature
5:00 – 5:45 PM Plenary Session: “Madison Washington, Frederick Douglass, and the African American Revolutionary Tradition” John Stauffer, Professor of English, Harvard University
6:00 – 7:00 PM Public Reception
7:00 – 8:30 PM Keynote Address: “Heroic Slaves: Madison Washington and My Bondage and My Freedom” Robert S. Levine, Distinguished University Professor of English, University of Maryland.
Robert S. Levine is Distinguished University Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of Conspiracy and Romance (1989), Martin Delany, Frederick Douglass, and the Politics of Representative Identity (1997), and Dislocating Race and Nation (2008). He is also the General Editor of The Norton Anthology of American Literature.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Jewel Center, 3333 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis
Held in Conjunction with the Second Annual Madame C.J. Walker/Frederick Douglass Public Lecture and Workshop
8:00 – 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast
9:15 – 9:45 AM Welcome
10:00 – 11:00 AM Session 1: Slave Rebels throughout American History
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Session 2: The African American Literature of Slavery
12:30 – 2:30 PM Luncheon
Keynote Address: “The Power to Define: History, Scholarship, and Social Change,” V.P. Franklin, Editor of the Journal of African American History
V.P. Franklin, holds a University of California Presidential Chair and is Distinguished Professor of History and Education at the University of California, Riverside. Franklin is the co-editor of five books, the author of The Education of Black Philadelphia (1979); Black Self-Determination: A Cultural History of African American Resistance (1984, 1992); Living Our Stories, Telling Our Truths: Autobiography and the Making of the African American Intellectual Tradition (1996); Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Biography (1998); and co-author of My Soul Is a Witness: A Chronology of the Civil Rights Era, 1954-1965 (2000). Since 2002 he has served the Editor of The Journal of African American History (formerly The Journal of Negro History).
Awards Presentation: Bessie House-Soremekun, Director of Africana Studies Program
Hosted by the Frederick Douglass Papers, Institute for American Thought, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, Africana Studies Program, Department of History, Department of English, the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, the IUPUI Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Indiana Humanities.
Free and open to the public. Registration is required.