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Department of History
University of Mississippi

Gilder-Jordan Lecture

The Gilder-Jordan lecture series, which was first organized in 2010 through the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, the African American Studies Program, and the Department of History, honors the support of Richard Gilder and Dan and Lou Jordan. Richard Gilder, one of America’s leading philanthropists, has supported the study of American history through the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York, Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, and other organizations. Good friends of Richard Gilder and his wife Lois Chiles, Dan and Lou Jordan are University of Mississippi alumni. Dan Jordan served for years as the president of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation in Charlottesville, Virginia.

2023-2024 Gilder-Jordan Lecture:
Kidada E. Williams
Wayne State University
“The Devil was Turned Loose: African Americans in the War against Reconstruction”
September 19, 2023

2022-2023 Gilder-Jordan Lecture:
Daina Ramey Berry
University of California, Santa Barbara
“Teaching the Truth: Race and Slavery in the Modern Classroom”
September 13, 2022

2020-2021 Gilder-Jordan Lecture:
Carol Anderson
Emory University
“One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy”
October 13, 2020

2019-2020 Gilder-Jordan Lecture:
Martha S. Jones
Johns Hopkins University
“Birthright Citizens: Winners and Losers in the History of American Belonging”
September 17, 2019

2018-2019 Gilder-Jordan Lecture:
James Oakes
The Graduate Center at the City University of New York
“The Triumph of Abolitionism”
September 12, 2018

2017-2018 Gilder-Jordan Lecture:
Rhonda Williams
Case Western Reserve University
“Concrete Demands: The Search for Black Power, Then and Now”
September 6, 2017

2016-2017 Gilder-Jordan Lecture:
Edward L. Ayers
University of Richmond
“When History Doesn’t Move in a Straight Line: The Civil War Then and Now”
September 7, 2016

2015-2016 Gilder-Jordan Lecture:
Theda Perdue
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Indians and Christianity in the New South”
September 9, 2015

2014-2015 Gilder-Jordan Lecture:
Jacquelyn Dowd Hall
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“How We Tell About the Civil Rights Movement and Why It Matters Today”
September 24, 2014

2013-2014 Gilder-Jordan Lecture:
Walter Johnson
Harvard University
“The ‘Negro Fever,’ the South, and the Ignominious Effort to Re-Open the Atlantic Slave Trade”
September 18, 2013

2012-2013 Gilder-Jordan Lecture:
Grace Elizabeth Hale
University of Virginia
“So the Whole World Can See: Documentary Photography and Film in the Civil Rights Era”
October 10, 2012

2011-2012 Gilder-Jordan Lecture:
David Blight
Yale University
“American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era and Our Own Time”
November 16, 2011

2010-2011 Gilder-Jordan Lecture:
Barbara Fields
Columbia University
“Racecraft and Southern History”
March 8, 2011