Norfolk State University has booked an expert on Frederick Douglass. Dr. Roosevelt Montás of Columbia University, is the guest speaker for the Undergraduate Research Symposium Thurs., March 23, at noon in the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library. Montás’ topic is Frederick Douglass: Literacy, Freedom, Power.
Montás was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to New York City as a teenager. He attended public schools in Queens and was admitted to Columbia University in 1991 through its Opportunity Programs. He graduated from Columbia in 1995 with a major in comparative literature. In 2003, he completed a Ph.D. in English, also from Columbia, and the following year began teaching in the school’s English Department. He regularly teaches moral and political philosophy in the Columbia Core Curriculum as well as a seminar in American studies called Freedom and Citizenship in the United States. As the director of core curriculum, Montás speaks widely on the history, place and future of the humanities in higher education.
In 2008, he was appointed associate dean of academic affairs and director of the Center for the Core Curriculum at Columbia University. Montás specializes in antebellum American literature and culture, with a particular interest in American national identity. His dissertation, Rethinking America, won Columbia University’s 2004 Bancroft Award. Montás is also the recipient of the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student and the Dominican Republic’s National Youth Prize.
For more information on the event, contact Claire Hoffman in the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library at 757-823-2418 or Dr. Karen Holmes in the NSU Psychology Department at 757-823-8573. This event is co-sponsored by Title III and the NSU Honors College.