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Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice

Frederick Douglass Forum

The central aim of the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice at Linfield University is to promote reflection, discussion, and debate about the rule of law, individual rights, and competing conceptions of justice. We seek to achieve this aim through an interdisciplinary major and minor in Law, Rights, and Justice, student reading/discussion groups and a lecture, debate, and conference series.

The Forum was named in honor of Frederick Douglass, who escaped from slavery and devoted his nearly six decades in public life to the “mission” of hastening “the day when the principles of liberty and humanity expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States shall be the law and the practice of every section, and of all the people of this great country without regard to race, sex, color, or religion.”

At the Douglass Forum, we hope to provide students, faculty, and members of the community with opportunities to witness and participate in serious discussions about how Douglass's mission ought to be carried on today.

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Support the forum

The Douglass Forum relies on the support of foundations, alumni, and friends who care about promoting the free discussion of ideas that matter.

Please consider making a gift to help us continue this work. Contact Professor Nick Buccola at nbuccol@linfield.edu for more details.