Organized through the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, the African American Studies Program, Center for Civil War Research, and the Department of History, the Gilder-Jordan Speaker Series is made possible through the generosity of the Gilder Foundation, Inc.  The series honors Richard Gilder of New York and his family, as well as his friends, Dan and Lou Jordan of Virginia.

2015: Theda Perdue, University of North Carolina

On Wednesday, September 9 at 7pm, Theda Perdue of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will present the 2015 Gilder-Jordan Lecture in Southern History. Her talk is entitled “Indians and Christianity in the New South.” Location TBD.

Theda Perdue is Professor Emerita at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the Native peoples of the southeastern United States. She is the author or co-author of nine books including Cherokee Women: Gender and Culture Change, 17001835 (1998), which won the Julia Cherry Spruill Award for the best book in southern women’s history and the James Mooney Prize for the best book in the anthropology of the South. More recently, she has published Race and the Atlanta Cotton States Exposition of 1895 (2010) and, with co-author Michael D. Green, The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears (2007) and North American Indians: A Very Short Introduction (2010). She is the editor or co-editor of six books including Sifters: Native American Women’s Lives (2001). She has held a number of fellowships including ones from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Newberry Library, and the Rockefeller Foundation. She has served as president of the Southern Association for Women Historians (1985–86) and the American Society for Ethnohistory (2001). She is a member of the executive board of the Organization of American Historians and past president of the Southern Historical Association.

2014: Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, University of North Carolina

Dr. Hall’s lecture, “How We Tell About the Civil Rights Movement and Why It Matters Today,” was September 24 at 7pm in Nutt Auditorium on the UM campus.

2013: Walter Johnson, Harvard University

“The ‘Negro Fever,’ the South, and the Ignominious Effort to Re-Open the Atlantic Slave Trade”

Watch an interview of Dr. Johnson by UM Assistant Professor of History Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens here.

2012: Grace Elizabeth Hale, University of Virginia

“So the Whole World Can See: Documentary Photography and Film in the Civil Rights Era”

Watch an interview of Professor Hale by UM Professor of History and Southern Studies Dr. Ted Ownby here.

2011: David Blight, Yale University

“American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era and Our Own Time”

Watch the 2011 lecture in full or watch an interview of Dr. Blight by UM Professor of History Dr. John Neff here.

2010: Barbara J. Fields, Columbia University

“Racecraft and Southern History”