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The Tuttle Lecture

The Department of American Studies and friends and family of Bill Tuttle established the annual Tuttle Lecture in 2008 to honor Bill for his 40 years of academic excellence in research and teaching, as well as his service to the university, the Lawrence community, and the nation. The Tuttle Lecture focuses on Bill's primary teaching, research, and civic concerns: African American history and culture and recent American society and politics. The Tuttle Lecture provides an open forum for distinguished lecturers to talk frankly about American culture and society, speaking truth to power.

The 6th Annual Tuttle Lecture was held Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 4:00 pm in Woodruff Auditorium.

This year's lecturer was Professor Thomas Sugrue of the University of Pennsylvania. His lecture was titled "The Education of Barack Obama: Race and Politics in the Age of Fracture."

The 2013 Tuttle Lecture was made possible by the support of the Department of History, the Hall Center for the Humanities, the School of Public Affairs & Administration, the Department of Political Science, and the Department of African and African-American Studies.

Information about the next Tuttle Lecture will be posted in Spring 2014. If you have a suggestion for a future Tuttle Lecturer, please let us know at amerst@ku.edu.


Previous Lectures

October 2, 2012, delivered by Quintard Taylor, Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History at the University of Washington.


Rehearsal for Freedom: Black Professional Women's Health Care Activism before Brown

October 26, 2011, delivered by Darlene Clark Hine, Board of Trustees Professor of African American Studies and Professor of History at Northwestern University.


The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

October 7, 2010, delivered by Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University.


From Jim Crow to the Civil Rights Movement: the Continuity of Struggle

March 22, 2009, delivered by William Chafe, Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of History at Duke University.


Tuttlefest Inaugural Lecture

March 8-10, 2008, delivered by Leon Litwick, Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of History Emeritus at UC Berkeley.


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