The Learning Center at Senior Citizens, Inc. will sponsor a lecture, “Steel and Velvet Mind and Heart”: The Paradox of Lincoln’s Legacies, on Thursday, May 21, at 6pm at the Congregation Mickve Israel on Bull and Gordon Streets at Monterey Square.
The Lecturer for this event will be David Blight.
David Blight is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on Lincoln and the Civil War. Most recently, in his book, A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Own Narratives of Emancipation (2007), Blight’s creative sleuthing uncovered two previously unknown narratives, adding to the canon of writing by American slaves.
Having won the Lincoln Prize, as well as the Bancroft and Douglass Prizes for his research and writing on the Civil War, Blight brings perspectives of special relevance in this bicentennial year.
Blight is a professor of history at Yale University and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale.
Blight earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.
Among his books are Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory (2001) and A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Own Narratives of Emancipation. (2007).
There is no charge for admission. Funding is provided by the City of Savannah.
This project is supported by the Georgia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly.