Holden Lecture


2013: James L. Hudson

2012: Ronald Davenport, Sr.

2011: Henry Brady
“Class, Race, and Political Polarization in America”

2010: Dianne Pinderhughes
“Being President: Barack Hussein Obama and Black Politics after the Civil Rights Revolution”

2009: Glenn Loury
“Barack Obama and the Future of the Black Prophetic Tradition”

2008: Theda Skocpol
“What A Mighty Power We Can Be: African American Fraternal Groups and the Struggle for Racial Equality”

2007: Ira Katznelson
“The Southern Cage: Reflections on the New Deal, the Jim Crow South, and the Origins of Our Times”

Holden Reading Room

Nearly 4,000 volumes donated by Prof. Matthew Holden, Jr. and Mrs. Dorothy Holden comprise the non-circulating collection. Its strengths are in public policy, philosophy and trans-Atlantic history. The room may be reserved for meetings, seminars and roundtables.

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2008 Holden Lecturer – Theda Skocpol

2008 Holden Lecturer, Dr. Theda SkocpolTheda Skocpol presented the second Holden Lecture, “What A Mighty Power We Can Be: African American Fraternal Groups and the Struggle for Racial Equality.” Skocpol, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University, has written extensively about comparative politics, comparative and historical sociology and American politics and public policy. Among her books and edited collections are States and Social Revolutions: A Comparative Analysis of France, Russia and China; Bringing the State Back In and Diminished Democracy: From Membership to Management in American Civic Life. She served as president of the American Political Science Association and of the Social Science History Association and has been selected for membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the National Academy of Sciences.

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