2012 Holden Lecturer – Ronald Davenport, Sr.

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2011 Holden Lecturer – Henry Brady

“Class, Race, and Political Polarization in America”

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2010 Holden Lecturer – Dianne Pinderhughes

“Being President: Barack Hussein Obama and Black Politics after the Civil Rights Revolution”

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2009 Holden Lecturer – Glenn Loury

“Barack Obama and the Future of the Black Prophetic Tradition”

2009 Holden Lecturer, Glenn Loury

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2008 Holden Lecturer – Theda Skocpol

“What A Mighty Power We Can Be: African American Fraternal Groups and the Struggle for Racial Equality”

2008 Holden Lecturer, Dr. Theda Skocpol

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2007 Holden Lecturer – Ira Katznelson

“The Southern Cage: Reflections on the New Deal, the Jim Crow South, and the Origins of Our Times”

2007 Holden Lecturer, Dr. Ira Katznelson

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Matthew Holden, Jr. Annual Lecture

Named in honor of Matthew Holden, Jr., a distinguished political scientist, the Holden Lecture features a prominent public intellectual annually.  The lecture was inaugurated in 2007 to celebrate the contributions of Professor Holden to public discourse and the gift of his personal library to Jackson State University.  Professors Ira Katznelson, Theda Skocpol, Glenn Loury, Dianne Pinderhughes, Henry BradyRonald Davenport, Sr. and James L. Hudson delivered the first seven lectures.

The Holden Lecture will be on hiatus for the 2014-2014 Academic Year.