Professor Ira Katznelson delivered the inaugural Holden Lecture, "The Southern Cage: Reflections on the New Deal, the Jim Crow South, and the Origins of Our Times." Katznelson is the Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University. When Affirmative Action Was White and Desolation and Enlightenment: Political Knowledge after Total War, Totalitarianism and the Holocaust are highlights among his extensive work examining racial and ethnic relations, urban politics and political theory. Professor Katznelson has served as president of the American Political Science Association and the Social Science History Association and chair of the Russell Sage Foundation Board of Trustees.
2012 Holden Lecturer – Ronald Davenport, Sr.
2011 Holden Lecturer – Henry Brady
“Class, Race, and Political Polarization in America”
2010 Holden Lecturer – Dianne Pinderhughes
“Being President: Barack Hussein Obama and Black Politics after the Civil Rights Revolution”
2009 Holden Lecturer – Glenn Loury
“Barack Obama and the Future of the Black Prophetic Tradition”
2008 Holden Lecturer – Theda Skocpol
“What A Mighty Power We Can Be: African American Fraternal Groups and the Struggle for Racial Equality”
2007 Holden Lecturer – Ira Katznelson
“The Southern Cage: Reflections on the New Deal, the Jim Crow South, and the Origins of Our Times”