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Bicentennial Events

In November 2017, I gave the Dean’s Lecture on Race, Law, & Society at Notre Dame Law School: “Birthright Citizens: Winners and Losers in the Long History of the Fourteenth Amendment.” You can watch here.

I was interviewed by political scientist David Sehat for his podcast, MindPop, on whether “common ground” is possible between conservative and progressive thinkers. This conversation followed a two day long summer at GVSU’s Hauenstein Center on the topic. Listen in here.

Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women … and Back was a keynote I delivered at the GVSU Hauenstein Center’s Progressive/Conservative Summit. Mary 2017.

Reflections on the Future University Community featured me, along with colleagues Terry McDonald and Ruby Tapia, reviewing the January 30 discussion between Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Susanne Baer. February 2017.

My colleagues Tiya Miles and Megan Sweeney took time out to talk with me about Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women, sponsored by the Institute for Research of Women and Gender. You can watch us here. January 2017.

I spoke with Common Ground’s Joe Hogan about Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women, and before the conversation I speculated about the 2016 presidential contest. You can listen here. November 2016.

unnamed-15At Bennett College, I returned to my grandfather’s pulpit in Pfeiffer Chapel to speak about the struggle and the hope of African American women’s history. The occasion was Bennett’s 90th Founder’s Day. You can watch here. September 2016.

Wisconsin Public Television broadcast my talk for the University of Wisconsin Law School on race and citizenship in the antebellum United States. You can catch the video here. March 2016.

For the Author’s Forum, I spent an extraordinary 90 minutes with historian and novelist Tiya Miles talking about history, fiction, and the writer’s life. Don’t miss Tiya’s debut novel, The Cherokee Rose! January 2016.

I spoke about my quest to write a family history about mixed-race identity in U.S. history, and the surprises that have emerged through that research. The talk, “The Color of History,” was inspired by the work of artist Marianetta Porter and was delivered as part of a project at the University of Michigan, Multiracial in a Monoracial World. December 2015.

CSPANCSPAN’s Landmark Cases: Scott v. Sandford. I joined GWU Law’s Chris Bracey and CSPAN’s Susan Swain for a 90 minute discussion of the Dred Scott case. October 2015.

At Indiana’s Franklin College I delivered a fall convocation lecture as an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer. My subject was Loving v. Virginia. September 2015.

Reparation: A Roundtable was sponsored by the Duke University Forum for
Scholars and Publics, and featured me, Beryl Satter, and Melissa Nobles in a conversation led by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Duke University. March 2015.

“You gotta testify because the booty don’t lie”: The (Il)Legality of Black Womanhood” was part of Duke University’s day-long symposium on #Shondaland and the work of Shonda Rhimes. Duke University. February 2015.reparations_panel_duke

The Children of Loving v. Virginia: Living at the Intersection of Law and Mixed-Race
University of Michigan Law School. January 2015.

State of Missouri v. Celia, A Slave: Slavery and Sexual Violence. C-SPAN American History TV, Lectures in History. December 2014.

What African American History Teaches Us About Identity and Privacy in an Age of Hyperconnectivity. University of Michigan. September 2014.

The Ethics of Civil Rights: Finding the Strength to Love. Bennett College. February 2014.

MSJ.Podium.The Day of Jubilee? Interpreting the Emancipation Proclamation. Brown University. November 2013.

Emancipation’s Encounters: Seeing the Proclamation Through Soldiers’ Sketchbooks. University of Michigan. October 2012.

Birthright Citizenship and the Fourteenth Amendment. University of Maryland. Center forP1130856 the New America. March 2012.

Dred Scott v. Sandford. Charles H. Wright Museum of African America. December 2013.

Courthouse Stories: The Everyday Life of Freedom. With Liberty and Justice for All Symposium. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Lecture. The Henry Ford Museum. February 2011.

Reflections on Becoming a Research Subject, Or, Can an Activist Lawyer Write the History of Law? Center for Afroamerican and African Studies. 40th Anniversary Conference. March 2010.

Arming Black America: Race and Citizenship in the Era of Dred Scott v. Sandford. Institute for the Humanities. University of Michigan. February 2010.

Overturning Dred Scott v. Sandford. University of Pennsylvania Law School. September 2008.

Legacy of 1808: Deconstructing Reconstruction. National Constitution Center. November 2008.

The Legacy of 1808: A Historical Perspective. National Constitution Center. March 2008.