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“Compassion Fatigue and Mobilizing the Public to Fight Slavery” will be the topic of discussion as Dr. Matthew Mason delivers East Central University’s Rothbaum Lecture on Monday, Sept. 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Estep Multimedia Center inside the Bill S. Cole University Center.

The lecture, free and open to the public, is being conducted on Constitution Day, the celebration of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.

Mason is an associate professor of history at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah since 2003 and is the co-director of Historians Against Slavery, a community of scholar-activists who contribute research and historical context to today’s antislavery movements in order to inspire and inform activism and to develop collaboration that empower such efforts.

Mason is the author of several articles in various journals, mostly on the intersection of slavery and politics in early American history. He is also the author of “Slavery and Politics in the Early American Republic” (2006) and was the co-editor, with John Craig Hammond, of “Contesting Slavery: The Politics of Bondage and Freedom in the New American Nation” (2011) and with Nicholas Mason, of “The History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Anderson” by Edwards Kimber (2009).

The Rothbaum Lecture is funded through an endowment established by the late Julian Rothbaum with a $25,000 gift to the ECU Foundation, Inc. that was matched by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. He also established an endowment to fund the George Nigh Award for ECU’s top graduating senior.

Rothbaum, who lived in Tulsa, was a longtime leader in Oklahoma civic affairs, a 1986 inductee into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and a former member of the Oklahoma State Regents for High Education and the University of Oklahoma Regents.


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