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                                                    Contact: Karina McGill
                                                             Integrative Studies
                                                             (859) 572-6075

For Immediate Release

  Interdisciplinary Scholar to Discuss 19th-Century “Giants” Douglass,
                                 Lincoln at NKU

Highland Heights, Ky – February 11, 2010 – Leading American Studies
scholar, Dr. John Stauffer will discuss his new book, Giants: The Parallel Lives
of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, at Northern Kentucky University.
This is the inaugural lecture in an annual series hosted by the Integrative
Studies Program. The free event is open to the public and will be held
February 19, 2010, at noon in the Otto Budig Theater in the University
Center. For directions to NKU or a map of campus, please visit
       Stauffer will discuss the importance of viewing the lives of Douglass
and Lincoln in relation to each other and in relation to life in America today.
He will also explore the lives of other important nineteenth-century figures
such as Herman Melville and Walt Whitman.
       “John Stauffer’s work helps us see American society as a whole, in its
history, its present, and its future. He helps us see central dynamics of
American life and history that cannot be seen through a single discipline,”
said Dr. Robert Wallace, Regents Professor of English at NKU. “His research
spans the disciplines of literature, politics, history, visual art, and racial and
ethnic studies. He is an extremely inventive scholar and engaging speaker
with a knack for bringing together elements of America’s cultural history and
human potential that are too often kept separate.”

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          Stauffer is the Chair of the History of American Civilization Program
and Professor of English and African and African-American Studies at
Harvard University. He is the author of eight books including The State of
Jones, co-authored with Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins. The book
was a New York Times bestseller and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Also, he
has served as an advisor for documentary films and screenplays on the Civil
War era. To learn more about John Stauffer, visit his Harvard web page at
          “We are deeply honored to have Dr. Stauffer launch our annual
interdisciplinary lecture series, “ said Dr. Tamara O'Callaghan, Co-Director of
the Integrative Studies Program, “because his scholarship transcends the
boundaries between traditional disciplines. Students often ask what
integrative studies is, and his work couldn’t be a more perfect example of the

About NKU and Department of Integrative Studies

          Northern Kentucky University is a growing metropolitan university of
more than 15,000 students served by nearly 2,400 faculty and staff on a
thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. To find more information about
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          Integrative Studies is a flexible degree plan designed to allow students
to follow their own academic interests and goals. The program awards
associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, as well as numerous
professional certificates. To learn more, visit


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