John Stauffer, a leading authority on antislavery, social protest movements and interracial friendship, will present “Giants: The Parallel Lives of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass,” at the annual Lincoln Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 in the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center, Washburn University. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Stauffer is a professor of English, American literature and African American studies and the chairman of the History of American Civilization program at Harvard University. He has authored eight books including “The Black Hearts of Men: Radical Abolitionists and the Transformation of Race” and “Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln,” which both won numerous awards. His essays have appeared in Time, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New Republic Raritan and the New York Sun. Stauffer has appeared on national radio and television shows and has lectured widely throughout the United States and Europe.
Stauffer received a doctorate from Yale University in 1999 and won the Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize for the best dissertation in American studies. He began teaching at Harvard the same year and leads courses on protest literature, southern literature, Douglass and Melville, the Civil War, autobiography, the nineteenth-century novel and historical fiction. He was raised in Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and now resides in Cambridge, Mass., with his wife, Deborah Cunningham, and their sons Erik and Nicholas.
The Lincoln Lecture Series was instituted in conjunction with a series of events leading up to Washburn University’s sesquicentennial celebration in 2015. Washburn was established as Lincoln College by a charter issued by the State of Kansas and the General Association of Congregational Ministers and Churches of Kansas on Feb. 6, 1865.
Amanda Hughes, university relations, 785-670-2153