Douglass Illustration by Blake Chamberlain

What would Frederick Douglass think of 2018? What did his contemporaries think of him? What was Douglass’ impact, then and now?

Join us for this town/gown special event,
co-sponsored by Carolina Public Humanities.

A panel of academic and non-academic speakers will place Douglass in context and offer their perspectives on this great thinker’s ideas. We will then open the floor to community comments, questions, and interaction with our panelists. Come and learn why Douglass is one of America’s most important historical figures and share why he matters to you.


    • Max Owre, Executive Director of Carolina Public Humanities, UNC-CH (moderator and host)
    • Reginald Hildebrand, Professor Emeritus of History, UNC-CH
    • Lisa Lindsay, Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor of History, UNC-CH
    • Patrick Horn, Associate Director, Center for the Study of the American South, UNC-CH
    • Kevin KAZE Thomas and Bishop Omega, from “Intelligently Ratchet

Meeting Room B.


2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass. The Town of Chapel Hill, the Orange County chapter of the NAACP, Carolina Public Humanities, and Chapel Hill Public Library are celebrating this great figure in American history with a series of events and activities dedicated to his life and legacy. See all community events here.

  • Confederate Monuments
    August 30, 2017
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    - Carolina Public Humanities connects UNC-Chapel Hill with our neighbors outside the University and promotes public engagement. Our programs draw on humanistic traditions to encourage conversations about contemporary events and past historical eras. The overall goal is to help create a more humane world by fostering civil dialogues and new insights that emerge from the humanities.

    Keeping this spirit in mind, Carolina Public Humanities and Chapel Hill Public Library are partnering to present, “Beyond the Headlines: Confederate Monuments, Historical Memory, & Free Speech.” This special event will feature a panel discussion with UNC faculty and community members. Following the panel presentations, the audience will be invited to ask questions and discuss these issues.

    • Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue
    • Danielle Christmas, Assistant Professor of English, UNC Chapel Hill
    • Jamie Fiocco, Manager and Owner, Flyleaf Books
    • William Sturkey, Assistant Professor of History, UNC Chapel Hill
    • Harry Watson, Atlanta Alumni Distinguished Professor of Southern Culture, UNC Chapel Hill
    • Edwin M. Yoder, Jr., Contributing Columnist, Raleigh News and Observer
    • Lloyd Kramer, Professor of History and Director, Carolina Public Humanities, UNC Chapel Hill

    Meeting Room B
  • Southern Fried Fiction
    December 7, 2017
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    - To mark the 5th year of the Crook's Corner Book Prize, we are hosting a panel discussion about Southern food and its central role in Southern identity and fiction.
    • Bill Smith, James Beard award-winning chef and author
    • Bridgette A. Lacy, award-winning food and culture journalist
    • Nancie McDermott, food writer, cooking teacher and cookbook author
    • Keebe Fitch, owner of McIntyre’s Books
    • Tonya Council, granddaughter of Mama Dip & operator of Tonya’s Cookies

    • Meeting Room B.
  • Frederick Douglass
    February 22, 2018
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm