University of Rochester

EVENT: Talk by Harvard scholar John Stauffer on Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 4:30 p.m. March 6 in the Hawkins-Carlson Room on the first floor of Rush Rhees Library on the University of Rochester's River Campus. A reception follows.

ADMISSION: Both the talk and reception are free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the Library Lot. Please RSVP to Richard Peek at or (585) 275-9335.

February 26, 2009

John Stauffer, professor of English and American literature and language at Harvard University, is the author of Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, published in fall 2008. This dual biography describes the transformations in the lives of these two self-made men during a major shift in cultural history, when men rejected the status quo and embraced new ideals of personal liberty.

Lincoln was born dirt poor, had less than one year of formal schooling, and became the nation's greatest president. Douglass spent the first 20 years of his life as a slave, had no formal schooling—in fact, his masters forbade him to read or write—and became one of the nation's greatest writers and activists.

His talk is titled "Douglass and Lincoln: From Dred Scott to Obama."