Christopher Hager to Speak at National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

. January 2, 2016

CINCINNATI, OH – The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will host author and Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Trinity College Christopher Hager on January 13, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Hager, the third speaker in the John and Francie Pepper Freedom Lecture Series, will discuss his latest work Word by Word: Emancipation and the Act of Writing. Tickets are $5.00 and available for purchase online at freedomcenter.org. A welcome reception is scheduled for 6–7:00 p.m. Hager’s lecture will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.

Word by Word: Emancipation and the Act of Writing reveals various writings by enslaved African Americans who managed to become literate during a time when slaves were forbidden to read and write and during the years of emancipation. The writings include letters by individuals sold away from their families, diary entries and petitions from freedmen. Through these writings, Hager forces us to examine the relationships between freedom and literacy.

The John and Francie Pepper Freedom Lecture Series connects the public with award-winning authors, historians and thought-leaders, discussing themes on history, race, culture and modern abolition. In addition to Christopher Hager’s lecture on January 13, the public will have the opportunity to hear from notable novelist and essayist, Marilynne Robinson on March 16, 2016.

“This series brings together nationally recognized authors and historians to explore and discuss current issues regarding race, historical slavery and modern abolition,” says Michael Battle, executive vice president and provost. “Through the lens of their own work, they reinforce key lessons promoted in the mission of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.”

The John and Francie Pepper Freedom Lecture Series with Christopher Hager at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is January 13, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Grand Hall. The lecture is open to the public. Tickets are $5.00 and are available for purchase online at freedomcenter.org. For more information visit freedomcenter.org

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