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Greetings, Readers!

I want to congratulate our many participants on a terrific first round of events.  An informal (but highly scientific!) poll among staff reveals that our discussion of the autobiographical writings of Frederick Douglass and David Walker’s presentation of his graphic history The Life of Frederick Douglass were perhaps our best Challenge events ever!  Many thanks to both David Walker and Bryan Jack, our Frederick Douglass scholar and facilitator.

Now July is upon us and I hope you will all join me in making Douglass’ “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” (1852) your holiday reading.  This and Douglass’ other speeches are to be found in The Portable Frederick Douglass pp. 195-410, in the section titled “Speeches.”  We’ll discuss these writings with Dr. Jack on Wednesday, July 28 at 7pm.

And if you haven’t begun The Good Lord Bird yet, don’t wait!  You are in for a special pleasure.  McBride’s portrayal of the enigmatic John Brown is superb, and we will have much to ponder this month.  My colleague Lindsay will lead the discussion of parts 1 and 2 of the novel on Monday, July 26 at 7pm. 

Both events will take place via Zoom; invitations will be emailed to you the week prior.
 
In the meantime, keep up with us via the blog, and keep those pages turning!
 

Keynote Presentation with Bryan Jack,
Associate Professor of History at SIUE
Available online beginning May 26
 
Portable Frederick Douglass: Online Discussion
led by Bryan Jack
7 p.m. Wednesday, June 23

Life of Frederick Douglass: Online Discussion
featuring author David F. Walker
7 p.m. Monday, June 28

The Good Lord Bird: Online Discussion
Parts 1 & 2
7 p.m. Monday, July 26

Portable Frederick Douglass: Online Discussion
led by Bryan Jack
7 p.m. Wednesday, July 28

Portable Frederick Douglass: Online Discussion
led by Bryan Jack
7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25

 
The Good Lord Bird: Online Discussion
Part 3
7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30
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