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Frederick Douglass Institute

The Writings of Frederick Douglass

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Frederick Douglass Institute

Address: 408 Francis Harvey Green Library
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2766

FDI 2018 Bicentennial Conference

Frederick Douglass


Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Interdisciplinary Conference
Fourth Annual Frederick Douglass Debate Society System-wide Tournament


Re-imaging Diversity, Multiculturalism, and Social Justice

APRIL 5-6, 2018



The Frederick Douglass Collaborative within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) invites you to submit abstracts/papers/proposals for the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Conference scheduled on April 5-6, 2018 at West Chester University. This bicentennial celebration will examine Douglass’ legacy within the contexts of his era and today’s society. Scholars, academics, researchers and intellectuals of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to submit abstracts, papers or proposals related to the conference theme including, but not limited to, the following topics:

Literacy and multicultural education:

  • Literary and rhetorical traditions of resistance and dissent
  • Race and (post-racial) society
  • Gender, race, ethnicity in the 21st century
  • Ethnicity, immigration, and citizenship in the 21st century
  • Race, social justice and cultural identity in the USA
  • Constructing class and social justice through the media
  • Historical consciousness of America’s journey to freedom
  • Politics, policy, and people of color
  • Complications of religion and freedom
  • Equality, law, and the justice system

Please send your abstract of about 500 words. Please take note of the following important dates:

  • Proposal submission deadline: December 30, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: January 15, 2018
  • Registration Begins: January 30, 2018

*Background image taken from West Chester University of Pennsylvania Statue of Douglass - Created by Richard Blake

For more information about the conference see the FDI website:

If you have any conference-related questions, please contact FDI Director, Dr. Chris Kwame Awuyah.