Cumberland Times-News

December 10, 2012

Frostburg State to host Frederick Douglass workshop in February

Two-day event features role-playing game

For the Cumberland Times-News
Cumberland Times-News

— FROSTBURG —  Frostburg State University will hold a two-day workshop introducing the educational role-playing game Frederick Douglass, Slavery, Abolitionism and the Constitution: 1845, on Feb. 16 and Feb. 17. Registration is free. Participants are encouraged to apply by Dec. 21.

An escaped slave from Maryland named Frederick Douglass has just published an autobiography in 1845 that is causing a sensation. Abolitionists are publicly calling for the dissolution of the United States and riots have broken out.

The U.S. Constitution protects slavery by requiring the return of fugitive slaves to their owners. Are Americans accountable to the Constitution or to a higher law? Can abolitionists be suppressed before they destroy the Union? Participants are invited to travel to the past and join the debate. Can America’s leading figures be persuaded to embrace the rights and liberties on which our country was founded?

The workshop will be led by Mark Higbee of Eastern Michigan University.

Applications submitted by Dec. 21 will be assured full consideration. Registration includes all meals and game materials. Space will be limited to 30 participants. In case of extreme weather, the workshop will be held on March 2 and 3.

The workshop is presented in partnership with Reacting to the Past and the FSU Department of Philosophy and History, African-American Studies Program, Women’s Studies Program, International Studies Program, Center for Teaching Excellence Advisory Group, President’s Advisory Council for Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Black Student Alliance and National Council of Negro Women.

Financial support is provided by the Maryland Humanities Council, the FSU President’s Experiential Learning Fund, the Office of the Provost, the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Faculty Development and Sabbatical Subcommittee.

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