Scholars Lecture — Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

  • January 17, 20196:30 pm–8:30 pm

Thursday, January 17. David Blight, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom. This is the long-awaited definitive biography of Frederick Douglass, the escaped slave who became one of the leading intellects and political leaders of his era, often called the “greatest American of the nineteenth Century.” Blight is the Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, at Yale; author or editor of fourteen other books; and winner of multiple awards, including the Bancroft, Lincoln and Frederick Douglass Prizes.

All lectures take place in the Iselin Wing at John Jay Homestead. Registration and refreshments begin at 6:30 pm. Lectures begin at 7:00 pm.

$25; $20 for members. Limited free seating is available for students.


  • January 17, 20196:30 pm–8:30 pm

Scholars Lecture – The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote

  • February 21, 20196:30 pm–8:30 pm

Thursday, February 21. Elaine Weiss, The Woman’s Hour:  The Great Fight to Win the Vote.  Weiss tells the gripping story of the climax of the fight to ratify the 19th Amendment, replete with heroism, skullduggery, and suspense, coordination and conflict with other reform movements, and leadership by individuals famous and less than famous.  The book has been optioned by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, to become a movie or limited series.  Weiss is also the author of Fruits of Victory:  The Woman’s Land Army of America in the Great War.

All lectures take place in the Iselin Wing at John Jay Homestead. Registration and refreshments begin at 6:30 pm. Lectures begin at 7:00 pm.

$25; $20 for members. Limited free seating is available for students.


  • February 21, 20196:30 pm–8:30 pm

Scholars Lecture – No Property in Man: Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation’s Founding

  • March 14, 20196:30 pm–8:30 pm

Thursday, March 14. Sean Wilentz, No Property in Man:  Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation’s Founding.  Rather than presenting the Constitution as a cynical political bargain enshrining slavery in the new nation, Wilentz argues that it actually restricted slavery’s legitimacy, and kept alive the eventual possibility of antislavery politics at the national level.  Wilentz is the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton, author of seven other books and co-author or editor of many more, and the winner of multiple prizes and awards, including the Bancroft and Pulitzer (finalist).  He is also historian-in-residence at Bob Dylan’s official website.

All lectures take place in the Iselin Wing at John Jay Homestead. Registration and refreshments begin at 6:30 pm. Lectures begin at 7:00 pm.

$25; $20 for members. Limited free seating is available for students.


  • March 14, 20196:30 pm–8:30 pm