American INSIGHT

American INSIGHT's 2021 Free Speech Award Ceremony hosted by WCU

Saturday, October 9, 2021
3-5 PM, Sykes Theater

Featuring a conversation with Nettie Washington Douglass and Paul Oakley Stovall moderated by Karen Curry, followed by announcement and screening of the winning film and interview with the filmmaker.

Nettie Washington Douglass is the great-great-granddaughter of Frederick Douglass and the great-granddaughter of Booker T. Washington. She is the cofounder and chairwoman of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiative, an organization that promotes racial equity and social justice.

Paul Oakley Stovall is currently playing George Washington in the national tour of Hamilton. He is working on a song cycle about Frederick Douglass's experience in Ireland and has collaborated with the Irish Institute for Music and Song.

Tickets are free but advance registration is required.

Announcing the Winner of American INSIGHT'S 2021 Film Festival - Footsteps in the Wind

Footsteps in the Wind is an animated short film to Sting’s song “Inshallah.”  Based on the harsh and intense reality of refugees around the world, this film is a narrative journey told through the eyes of children who never give up on their dreams.

Masks are required in Sykes Student Union.

Register for the Free Speech Film Festival Award Ceremony

Frederick Douglass Letters—Special Collections Brunch with Nettie Washington Douglass (BY INVITATION ONLY)

Sunday, October 10, 2021
10 AM-12 PM Francis Harvey Green Library, Rm 615

The FHG Library's Special Collections houses the letters that Frederick Douglass wrote to George Morris Philips, then principal of West Chester Normal School, about his visit on February 1, 1895 -- his last public lecture. Participants will be able to view the letters and enjoy brunch and conversation after a brief program. The signed copy of Douglass's The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, is one among a large collection of signed books that is part of the collection housed in the Philips Autograph Library and will also be on display during the brunch. Join us for the exhibit of the letters and conversation with Nettie Douglass and WCU faculty, staff, and students.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Hyoejin Yoon.

Made possible with generous support by College of Arts & Humanities, The Center for Women's and Gender Equity, Francis Harvey Green Library, WCU Foundation, WCU Poetry Center, and The Frederick Douglass Institute.

WCU 150th Anniversary Diversity Speaker Series Sponsors

American INSIGHT flyer

Contact Information

  • K. Hyoejin Yoon, Ph.D.
  • "hay-jin" she/her/hers
  • Senior Associate Dean
  • College of Arts and Humanities
  • Dean's Office, Main Hall, Suite 144
  • 610-436-4977 |
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