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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2009 Holden Lecturer – Glenn Loury

2009 Holden Lecturer, Glenn LouryGlenn Loury presented the third Holden Lecture, "Barack Obama and the Future of the Black Prophetic Tradition." Professor Loury, the Merton P. Stolz Professor of the Social Sciences and Economics at Brown University, has contributed to knowledge in welfare economics, industrial organization and the economics of income distribution. Among his publications are Ethnicity, Social Mobility and Public Policy: Comparing the US and UK and The Anatomy of Racial Inequality. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Loury has been elected vice president of the American Economics Association and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Econometric Society.

Lecture Text

Barack Obama and the Future of the Black Prophetic Tradition (Adobe Acrobat .pdf format)


Lecture Video

2009 Holden Lecture by Glenn Loury (Part I) from jsucus on Vimeo.

2009 Holden Lecture by Glenn Loury (Part II) from jsucus on Vimeo.

The Center thanks Col. Benjamin Wesley, who filmed the lecture.