On Friday and Saturday, February 6-7, 2004, Oberlin College is hosting "The Lane Debates: The Making of Radical Abolition and the Oberlin Commitment to Racial Egalitarianism." Fifteen historians from around the country will reenact (in costume) the debates over slavery, colonization, immediatism, and black rights that took place at Cincinnati's Lane Seminary in February 1834 and at Oberlin College in February 1835. This event is free and open to the public. It will take place at historic First Church (Charles Grandison Finney's church) in Oberlin on Friday, 9-5, and Saturday, 9-3.
Participating scholars include Robert Abzug, Hugh Davis, Nancy S. Dye, Douglas Egerton, Robert Forbes, Robert Hall, Scott Hancock, Peter Hinks, Gary Kornblith, Carol Lasser, Richard Newman, John Quist, John Stauffer, and James Brewer Stewart. Sponsors include Oberlin College, the Beecher House Society, the Liberty Legacy Foundation, the Ohio Humanities Council, the University of Connecticut, the Oberlin Heritage Center/OHIO, the Oberlin African American Historical and Genealogical Group, the Friends of the Oberlin College Library, and First Church.
For more information, go to http://www.oberlin.edu/EOG and click on The Lane Debates.
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