Nathan I. Huggins Lectures

The Nathan I. Huggins Lectures were established by friends and colleagues of Nathan I. Huggins, the distinguished historian and first holder of the W. E. B. Du Bois Professorship at Harvard University. Professor Huggins served as Chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies and as Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute from 1980 until his untimely death in 1989. This series brings to Harvard a distinguished scholar to deliver a series of lectures focusing on topics related to African American history and the history of African descendants in the Americas. Previous speakers have included Ira Berlin, David Brion Davis, George M. Fredrickson, Paul Gilroy, Lani Guinier, Darlene Clark Hine, Thomas Holt, Robin D. G. Kelley, Leon F. Litwack, Waldo E. Martin, Jr., Gary B. Nash, Gerald Torres, and Rebecca J. Scott.

This series is co-sponsored with the Department of African and African American Studies and Harvard University Press

Order Nathan I. Huggins Lectures Published by Harvard University Press

  • 2019: Christopher Ehret , Ancient Africa in World History:  Invention, Innovation, Impact
  • 2018: Tony Badger, Why White Liberals Fail: Southern Politicians and Race, 1933-2018
  • 2018: Earl Lewis, Exiting Slavery, Entering Reconstruction, and Enduring Jim Crow: Understanding Mental Illness and Mental Health in Black Communities from the Civil War to World War II
  • 2018: Glenda Gilmore, Romare Bearden, A Life in Art
  • 2017: David Bromwich, Nonconformity in Black and White: Douglass, Du Bois, and Ellison
  • 2016: Charles Bonnet, The Double Capital of Kush: Kerma and Dukki Gel
  • 2016: Ben Vinson III, Before Mestizaje: Race, Mixture, and Caste in Mexico
  • 2016: David Geggus, The Saint Domingue Slave Revolt and the Rise of Toussaint Louverture
  • 2015: Philippe Girard, Profiles in Courage: Four Forgotten Figures of the Haitian Revolution
  • 2015: Sean Wilentz, No Property in Men: The Origins of Antislavery Politics
  • 2015: Eric Foner, Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad
  • 2015: Jane Landers, A View from the Other Side: The Saint Domingue Revolution through Spanish Sources
  • 2014: Franklin W. Knight, The Revolutions behind the Creation of the Atlantic World
  • 2014: Ira Berlin, The Long Emancipation: Rethinking the Demise of Slavery in the United States
  • 2013: Rebecca J. Scott, Social Facts and Legal Fictions
  • 2013: Wilson J. Moses, Thomas Jefferson and the Notion of Liberty
  • 2012: George Reid Andrews, Envisioning Afro-Latin America
  • 2012: Allen C. Guelzo, Abraham Lincoln in 1862: The Year of Jubilee
  • 2011: Charles J. Ogletree, Understanding Obama
  • 2011: Tudor Parfitt, Fabricating Black Jews?
  • 2010: Harold Holzer, Abraham Lincoln and the Hand of Freedom: Maxim and Monument, Memory and Myth
  • 2009: Peter H. Wood, Into the Light: Liberating Winslow Homer’s ‘Near Andersonville’
  • 2009: Neil Foley, Jim Crow Good Neighbors: The Failed Promise of Black-Brown Solidarity
  • 2009: Paul Finkelman, The Supreme Court and the Peculiar Institution: Marshall, Story, Taney and the Defense of Slavery
  • 2008: Richard Alba, Blurring the Color Line: Possibilities for Ethno-Racial Change in Early Twenty-first Century America
  • 2007: Steven Hahn, The Political Worlds of Slavery and Freedom
  • 2007: Darlene Clark Hine, Rehearsal for Freedom in Black Country: Three Women Performing Race, Class, Gender in South Carolina, 1870-1954
  • 2004: Gary Nash, African Americans in the Age of Revolution
  • 2004: Leon F. Litwack, Stormy Monday: Black Southerners in the Twentieth Century
  • 2003: Robin D.G. Kelley, Speaking in Tongues: Jazz and Modern Africa
  • 2002: David Brion Davis, Challenging Boundaries: A Macro, Micro, Macro View of American Slavery
  • 2001: Waldo Martin, Black Liberation, Black Culture, and the Making of America: 1945-1980
  • 1999: Thomas Holt, The Problem of Race in the 21st Century
  • 1998: Lani Guinier and Gerald Torres, The Miner's Canary