NUI Awards Grant for #DouglassWeek: 8th-14th February, 2021
Dr Tim Groenland (IRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of English) has been awarded an NUI Grant for Early Career Academics to develop #DouglassWeek – an all-island, creative and collaborative event series commemorating the 1845/6 visit to Ireland of famed abolitionist, writer, and orator Frederick Douglass.
The event, organised by Groenland and fellow early career scholars Dr Caroline Schroeter and Sarah McCreedy, will run from the 8th to the 14th of February 2021 and will feature a variety of performative events, creative installations and critical discussions, offering a collection of responses to Douglass’s footprint in Ireland and connecting his legacy to contemporary activism around issues of equality, race, and migration. The team are collaborating with students, artists, writers and community groups around Ireland and beyond; they are also working with the support of the Frederick Douglass Family and the US Embassy in Ireland, giving the event a transatlantic dimension that will reflect the cultural encounter of Douglass’s visit.
The events will feature public participation (a poetry competition, for example, with the winning entry to be read by acclaimed actor Roger Guenveur Smith), and the organisers invite “Creative Commemorations” from the college community.