The Davis Lecture

The W. Allison Davis ’24 and John A Davis ’33 Lecture

The W. Allison Davis 1924 and John A. Davis 1933 Lecture commemorates the remarkable work of the two distinguished scholars for which the Center is named. Brothers who, throughout their adult lives, made important contributions to equal rights and opportunity in the United States. Allison Davis, valedictorian of the Class of 1924, was a pioneer in the social anthropological study of class and caste in the American South. John A. Davis pursued wide-ranging political science work on race in both the United States and Africa. The Davis Lecture is delivered each year by a scholar whose work concentrates on some aspect of race, class, or education in the United States.

The 2019 Annual Davis Lecture: Settler Uprising: Recovering the Indigenous Origins of the American Revolution

Professor Ned Blackhawk

Thursday, October 24 | 7:15 pm | Brooks-Rogers Auditorium

Professor Ned Blackhawk

Ned Blackhawk (Western Shoshone) is a Professor of History and American Studies at Yale University and has written widely in the field of American Indian and U.S. history. He is the author of Violence over the Land: Indians and Empires in the Early American West (2006) which won several professional prizes, including the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize from the Organization of American Historians for the most significant first book in U.S. history. He has published numerous state of the field essays, anthology chapters, and articles in a variety of journals, volumes, and newspapers, including The New York Times Book Review. His co-authored publications include the co-edited anthology, Indigenous Visions: Rediscovering the Legacy of Franz Boas (2018); a special issue of Daedalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2018); and a “Brief for Amici Curiae Historians and Legal Scholars,” submitted in 2015 to the Supreme Court of the United States in “Dollar General Corp. v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.” His talk is drawn from his current project, The Rediscovery of America: American Indians and the Unmaking of U.S. History, an interpretive synthesis of American Indian history that  analyzes the many ways that the study of Native America has revolutionized the study of the American past.


Previous Davis Lecturers:

  • Dr. Beverly Wright

  • Monique W. Morris

  • Sonia Sanchez

  • Donna Murch

  • Ted Shaw

  • Khalil Gibran Muhammad

  • Danielle Allen

  • Robin D.G. Kelley

  • Angela Riley

  • Richard Thompson Ford

  • Charles H. Long

  • Pedro Noguera

  • Dorothy Roberts

  • Patricia Williams

  • Johnetta Cole

  • Frank Wu

  • Richard Rodriguez

  • Manning Marable

  • Michael Dorris

  • Ishmael Reed

  • Charles Joyner

  • David Levering Lewis

  • Lloyd Richards

  • Margaret Wilkinson

  • Toni Cade Bambara

  • Joseph E. Harris

  • Cornel West