Rutgers–Camden Professor to Lead Free Documentary Film Series, “Freedom, Equality, Democracy: Looking Back, Moving Forward”

Wayne Glasker, an associate professor of history at Rutgers–Camden, will lead a free documentary film series titled “Freedom, Equality, Democracy: Looking Back, Moving Forward.”

lecturecoverHe will discuss the first film, titled “The Abolitionists,” on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences, located at 307 High Street in Mount Holly. The film focuses on William Lloyd Garrison, Theodore Weld, Angelina Grimke, and Frederick Douglass, and their dissent against slavery in the period 1830-1865.

“Of course, the discussion of slavery involves the expansion of an earlier understanding of values such as liberty, equality, and democracy,” says Glasker.

According to Glasker, each presentation in the film series will feature a 15-minute introduction, followed by an hour-long documentary. He will then facilitate a 30- to 45-minute discussion, as time permits.

glasker-wayne“It is less a lecture series than a public history series, one that explores history through documentary film,” explains Glasker. “The purpose is to take ‘history’ out to the community through public libraries and institutions. We want to talk to the people, not just other historians and professionals, whom we meet at conferences.”

Glasker is a specialist in African American and 20th-century U.S. history. His fields of expertise include the civil rights movement, slavery, the Harlem Renaissance, race and ethnicity. He also teaches the courses Africa: Pre-Colonial Africa, and Africa Since 1800.

A member of the history department since 1991, Glasker served as director of the African American Studies Program at Rutgers–Camden from 1998 to 2011. He was recently honored with a Visionary Leader Award from the Camden County East chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

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