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

Dr. Perdue’s lecture is set for Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. in a location to be determined on the UM campus. Her research focuses on the Native peoples of the southeastern United States.

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”