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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 7th Annual Tuttle Lecture will be held Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm in Woodruff Auditorium.

Pre-eminent Civil War historian David Blight will deliver this year’s Bill Tuttle Distinguished Lecture in American Studies.

With “My Pen, My Voice, My Vote: Frederick Douglass in the Age of the Civil War,” Blight, the Class of 1954 Professor of American History at Yale University, will explore one of the abolitionist movement’s greatest intellectuals and dazzling orators.

Professor Blight’s work, such as his award-winning “Race and Reunion: The Civil War and American Memory,” continues to influence academic dialogued surrounding the Civil War and its ramifications. “My Pen, My Voice, My Vote” will provide the KU community with an opportunity to hear Blight’s newest insights.

Full video of David Blight My Pen, My Voice, My Vote

The 2014 Tuttle Lecture was made possible by the support of the Department of African and African-American Studies, the Department of American Studies, the Department of English, the Department of History, the Department of Sociology, the Hall Center for the Humanities, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of the Provost, and Student Athlete Support Services.

Information about the next Tuttle Lecture will be posted in Spring 2015. If you have a suggestion for a future Tuttle Lecturer, please let us know at amerst@ku.edu.


Previous Lectures

The Education of Barack Obama: Race and Politics in the Age of Fracture.

October 10,2013, delivered by Professor Thomas Sugrue of the University of Pennsylvania.

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.


Rich legacy of civil rights activism Vilma Socorro Martínez
Rich legacy of civil rights activism Vilma Socorro Martínez http://t.co/0sjhOxZs10

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