Gilder-Lehrman Center at Yale Celebrates the 200th Anniversaries of Nat Turner and John Brown

Yale’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition will hold a public forum on October 3 to commemorate the 200th birthdays of Nat Turner and John Brown, two of America’s most controversial fighters against slavery.

Chaired by Professor Paul Finkelman of the University of Tulsa College of Law, the forum will include presentations by John Stauffer, professor at Harvard University, and Patrick Breen of the University of Georgia. The forum is at 5:30 p.m. at the Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Ave.

Stauffer is author of a forthcoming joint biography of John Brown and other abolitionists, while Breen is an expert on the Nat Turner revolt and its aftermath.

The forum on Nat Turner and John Brown is the first event in the 2000-2001 lecture series of the Gilder Lehrman Center on the theme of “Emancipation, Abolition and Resistance to Slavery in the United States.”

The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, a part of the Yale Center for International and Area Studies, is dedicated to the investigation and dissemination of information concerning all aspects of slavery and its destruction. It seeks to improve understanding of the role of slavery, slave resistance and abolition by promoting interaction and exchange among researchers and by translating scholarly information into public knowledge through publications, educational outreach and other programs and events.

The Center is supported by Richard Gilder and Lewis Lehrman through the Gilder Lehrman Institute in New York.

The forum – which incidentally falls the day after Nat Turner’s birthday on October 2 – is at 5:30

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