University Honors Program Lecture Series

will host its first lecture of the year from 7-8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in the Academic Classroom Building, room 209.

The title is: “The Fighter and the Victim:  Two Enslaved Women in the Life of Frederick Douglass.”  The speaker will be Dr. William L. Andrews, the E. Maynard Adams Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UNC Chapel Hill. Synopsis:  the violent victimization of Hester Bailey is one of the most widely-discussed scenes in the acclaimed “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845).”  Why have scholars paid so little attention the heroic resistance of Nelly Kellem, an enslaved woman like Hester Bailey, but who fought back against violence done to her?  Kellem does not appear in Douglass’s narrative, but she plays an important role in Douglass’s second autobiography, “My Bondage and My Freedom” (1855).  Who was Nelly Kellem, and why did Douglass want her as well as his aunt Hester to appear prominently in “My Bondage and My Freedom?” Refreshments will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m., with an opportunity to meet the speaker.