Frederick Douglass and Ireland: The Making of a Human Rights Champion

News Story: January 24, 2019
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SHU in Dingle, the Department of History and the Isabelle Farrington College of Education and the Human Journey Colloquia Series present “Frederick Douglass and Ireland: The Making of a Human Rights Champion” on Wednesday, February 13, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Schine Auditorium at Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield. The guest speaker will be Christine Kinealy, Ph.D., director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University. The event is free and open to the public. Frederick Douglass spent four months in Ireland at the end of 1845 that proved to be, in his own words, ‘transformative.’ He reported that for the first time in his life he felt like a man, and not a chattel. Whilst in residence, he became a spokesperson for the abolition movement, but by the time he left the country in early January 1846, he believed that the cause of the slave was the cause of the oppressed everywhere. Kinealy, editor of Frederick Douglass and Ireland: In His Own Words, will share insight into Douglass’ time in Ireland. For additional information, contact History Professor John Roney at 203-371-7741 or roneyj@sacredheart.edu.