Events

The David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library is pleased to announce the following events accompanying the exhibition “To Stand by the Side of Freedom”: Abraham Lincoln and 19th-Century America.  All of these events will be virtual.

We are grateful to David Rubenstein for sharing his collections and for his generous sponsorship for the exhibition and for this series of events. 

Abraham Lincoln and the American Experiment: A Conversation with David M. Rubenstein and Thavolia Glymph

February 16, 2022, 5:30 pm (online)

David M. Rubenstein T’70 P’15 and Peabody Family Distinguished Professor of History Thavolia Glymph discuss Abraham Lincoln’s contributions to shaping the beliefs and values that define the United States.

 Co-sponsors include the Rubenstein Library, Forum for Scholars and Publics, Franklin Humanities Institute, African & African American Studies, Department of History, and the Duke Alumni Association. 

 “Standing on the Side of Freedom”: Slavery and Emancipation in America 

This series of conversations pairs artists and historians to explore the role of art in creating narratives and knowledge.  It accompanies the exhibition “’To stand by the side of Freedom’: Abraham Lincoln and 19th Century America.”  These conversations center Black voices and consider the history of American slavery, the Civil War, and American freedom struggles. 

Co-sponsors include the Rubenstein Library, Forum for Scholars and Publics, Franklin Humanities Institute, African & African American Studies, Department of History, the Vice Provost for the Arts, and the MFA/EDA Program. 

“Waiting to Be Discovered”: a conversation between poet Crystal Simone Smith and historian Adriane Lentz Smith.  December 6, 2021.

  • Recording Coming Soon

Boundless: a conversation between artist Stephen L. Hayes and historian William Sturkey.  January 19, 2022.

November 16, 2021 – May 14, 2022
Duke University Libraries