Yale Historian Ned Blackhawk to Deliver Annual Davis Lecture at Williams College

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., October 15, 2019—Ned Blackhawk, award-winning author and professor of history and American studies at Yale University, will deliver the Davis Lecture at Williams College. Blackhawk’s talk, titled “Settler Uprising: Recovering the Indigenous Origins of the American Revolution,” will take place on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7:15 p.m. in the Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Blackhawk has written widely in the field of American Indian and U.S. history. He is the author of Violence over the Land: Indians and Empires in the Early American West (2006), which won several prizes, including the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize from the Organization of American Historians, awarded for the most significant first book in U.S. history. He has published numerous state-of-the-field essays, anthology chapters, and articles in a variety of journals, volumes, and newspapers, including The New York Times Book Review.

His co-authored publications include the co-edited anthology, Indigenous Visions: Rediscovering the Legacy of Franz Boas (2018); a special issue of Daedalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2018); and a “Brief for Amici Curiae Historians and Legal Scholars,” submitted in 2015 to the Supreme Court of the United States in Dollar General Corp. v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

Blackhawk’s talk is drawn from his current project, The Rediscovery of America: American Indians and the Unmaking of U.S. History, an interpretive synthesis of American Indian history that analyzes the many ways that the study of Native America has revolutionized the study of the American past.

The W. Allison Davis 1924 and John A. Davis 1933 Lecture commemorates the remarkable work of the two distinguished scholars for which the Center is named: brothers who, throughout their adult lives, made important contributions to equal rights and opportunity in the United States. Allison Davis, valedictorian of the Class of 1924, was a pioneer in the social anthropological study of class and caste in the American South. John A. Davis pursued wide-ranging political science work on race in both the United States and Africa. The Davis Lecture is delivered each year by a scholar whose work concentrates on some aspect of race, class, or education in the United States.


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