WHEN: 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6
WHERE: Kansas Room, Memorial Union
WHO: John Stauffer, professor at Harvard University and a leading
authority on antislavery, social protest movements and interracial
friendship. Stauffer is one of two Spring 2014 Ruth Garvey Cochener Fink
Visiting Professors of Leadership and the 2014 Lincoln Lecturer.
Editor’s note: You may capture footage of Stauffer as he
converses with Washburn Leadership Institute and Washburn Honors
students about the leadership traits of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick
Douglass. Interviews with Stauffer may be conducted at the end of class
at 10:45 a.m.
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
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
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.