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Professor Doug Ley Chosen to Participate in CIC Slave Narratives History Seminar at Yale

May 25, 2012

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Franklin Pierce University professor, Douglas Ley, has been selected as one of 28 faculty members from around the country to participate at the highly competitive Council of Independent Colleges’ (CIC) Slave Narratives history Seminar at Yale University June 10-13. Douglas Ley, Ph.D., is an associate professor in history at Franklin Pierce University, who teaches classes about the Civil War, African-American history, and colonial and nineteenth century America.  He is an avid historian and a 30-year member of the Organization of American Historians. The CIC multidisciplinary seminar will be co-sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History; applications were open to full-time faculty members teaching at the college level in the fields of history, English, and related fields.

David W. Blight, professor of American History at Yale, will lead the seminar; Blight is the author of several books, including Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory. The seminar will use slave narratives, as well as secondary readings, to attempt to comprehend the lived experience of slaves themselves in the transition from bondage to freedom.  The seminar will examine the place of slavery and abolition in American history and culture, and participants will discuss the genre of slave narratives through several exemplary texts including biographies, fiction, and autobiographies. The seminar will feature the most famous pre-war narrative, that of Frederick Douglass, and the most famous post-war narrative, that of Booker T. Washington. In addition, participants will discuss narratives from Blight’s recently published book, A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Narratives of Emancipation.

The goals of the seminar are to strengthen currently offered courses around the country at colleges and universities, to create new courses, and to advance the research pursuits of seminar participants. Professor Ley intends to make full use of these opportunities. The seminar has been held in the field of American History annually for the past five years due to the high level of interest in the subject matter among CIC colleges.




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