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Introduction and Welcome: John Stauffer, Chair, History of American Civilization and Professor of English and African and African-American Studies, Harvard University
James Brewer Stewart, James Wallace Professor of History Emeritus, Macalester College, and founder, Historians Against Slavery
The Scholar in a Republic: Wendell Phillips, Historical Memory and the Present Moment.
Thursday, June 2, 1:00 pm
1563 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02138
Significant sites in the life of Phillips and the interracial abolitionist movement on Boston's Beacon Hill.
On June 14, 1876, Wendell Phillips gave a lecture to benefit the preservation of the Old South Meeting House. He said, “What does Boston mean? Since 1630, the living fibre, running through history, which owns that name, means jealousy of power, unfettered speech, keen sense of justice, readiness to champion any good cause.”*
Thursday, June 2, 3:00 pm
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Saturday, June 4, 1:00 pm
Tours will start from the Park Street T Station (Green and Red Lines), on the corner of Boston Common, at the intersection of Park, Tremont, and Winter Streets in downtown Boston.
* William Carlos Martyn, Wendell Phillips: The Agitator (1890), p.420.
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Reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibition
“Peace if possible, or justice at any rate”: Wendell Phillips at 200, Peter X. Accardo, curator.
Thursday, June 2, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Amy Lowell Room
This exhibition will remain on view until August 26th, 2011.
Harvard Law School
1563 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02138
|Friday, June 3, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm|
|9:00 – 9:15||Coffee|
|9:15 – 9:45||Introduction and Welcome: David J. Harris, Managing Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard Law School and A J Aiséirithe, Director, Wendell Phillips Bicentennial Project|
|Panel One, Phillips's Constitutionalism|
|9:45 – 10:05||Paul Finkelman, President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy, Albany Law School, “Explaining Phillips’s Constitutionalism and Disunionist Views”|
|10:05 – 10:25||Daniel Malachuk, Assistant Professor of English, Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, “Phillips's Legacies: Exposing Slavery’s Constitution, Theorizing Higher Law”|
|10:25 – 10:35||Q & A|
|10:35 – 10:45||Break|
|Panel Two, International Influences on Phillips's Thought|
|10:45 – 11:05|| Caleb McDaniel, Assistant Professor of History, Rice University, "The 'Ever-Restless Ocean': Wendell Phillips and Deliberative Democracy"
|11:05 - 11:25||Peter Wirzbicki, Ph.D. Candidate, History, New York University, "Wendell Phillips and Transatlantic Radicalism"|
|11:25 – 11:35||Q & A|
|11:35 – 1:00||Break for Lunch|
|Phillips and Religion|
|1:00 – 1:20||Dan McKanan, Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association Senior Lecturer in Divinity, Harvard Divinity School, “A Puritan Radical: Wendell Phillips’s New England Religion”|
|1:20 – 1:30||Q & A and Break|
|Panel Three, Phillips and the Civil War|
|1:30 – 1:50||Jörg Nagler, Professor of North American History, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany, "Transnational Enlightenment: Wendell Phillips and German-American Radicalism"|
|1:50 – 2:10||A J Aiséirithe, Consulting Editor, The Frederick Douglass Papers, "Wendell Phillips's Civil War"|
|2:10 – 2:20||Q & A|
|2:20 – 2:30||Break|
|Panel Four, Phillips and the Limits of Reform|
|2:30 – 2:50||Angela Murphy, Assistant Professor of History, Texas State University, "Wendell Phillips and the American Indian"|
|2:50 – 3:10||Hélène Quanquin, Associate Professor of American Civilization, Université Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle, “Wendell Phillips as Woman’s Rights Man"|
|3:10 – 3:20||Q & A|
|3:20 – 3:30||Break|
|3:30 – 3:50|| Comment and Closing Remarks: 3:30 - 3:50 PM Manisha Sinha, Associate Professor of Afro-American Studies and History, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Donald Yacovone, W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University
|3:50 – 4:05||Harvey Winje, of The Alley newspaper, in the Phillips Community, Minneapolis, Minnesota – on Wendell and Ann Phillips as inspirational patron saints for social justice in contemporary multiracial, low-income urban neighborhoods|
|4:05 – 5:00||Discussion|
Saturday, June 4, 10:00 am
One Beacon Street (enter on Somerset Street),
A Multigenerational Public Discussion about Social Justice, Then and Now
Saturday, June 4, 3:00 pm
Old South Meeting House
310 Washington Street
We hope you will return to this page at the end of the bicentennial weekend to give us your feedback. It will help us to make future programs interesting and successful. Many thanks!