David Noble Lecture

Black and white image of a man with black framed glasses and dark hair looking to the side.
Portrait of Dr. David Noble, Professor of American Studies, University of Minnesota (Star Tribune, 1971).

David Noble was an American studies professor at the University of Minnesota who retired in 2009 after over 50 years of teaching. Noble has made substantial contributions to American studies.

Each spring, we present the annual David Noble Lecture in his honor, which features a groundbreaking scholar of American studies who offers fresh perspectives on our history and culture. 

David Noble Lecture 2024

"No Weapon Formed Against Me: The Black Intermezzi of a Vigilante State"

April 11, 2024
6:30–7:45 PM CDT

Hybrid: Online & Northrop, Best Buy Theater
FREE and Open to the Public

The Department of American Studies presents the 2024 David Noble Lecture, featuring Dr. Shana Redmond, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

April 11, 2024 | 6:30 PM | Hybrid: Northrop, Best Buy Theater & online via Zoom. 
Registration required for Zoom Webinar.

Event details

Watch the 2023 Lecture below!

Previous Noble Lectures

  • April 2023: Jason Ruiz, American Studies, University of Notre Dame: “Narco-Media: Latinidad, Popular Culture, and America’s War on Drugs”
  • April 2022: Duchess Harris, American Studies, Macalester College: “Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Kamala”
  • April 2021: E. Patrick Johnson, Northwestern University: "Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women"
  • April 2019: Gaye Theresa Johnson, University of California, Los Angeles: "The Future of Radical History: Democracy, Love and the Metaphor of Two Worlds"
  • April 2018: Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, University of Manitoba: "How Anishinaabeg Literatures Can (and Will) Save the World
  • May 2017: Roderick Ferguson, University of Illinois: "The Bookshop of Black Queer Diaspora"
  • April 2016: Professor Robin D.G. Kelley (UCLA): "'A Female Candide’: U.S. Empire, Racial Cartographies, and the Education of Grace Halsell, 1952–1986"
  • April 2015: Louise Erdrich: "Sugarbush Summer: Reflections, Readings and the Future of Snow"
  • April 2008: Professor Peter Rachleff, Macalester College: "Hard-Pressed in the Heartland: The Making, Unmaking, and Remaking of Minnesota's Labor Movement in the 20th and 21st Centuries"
  • April 2007: Nan Enstad: Presenting: "The Jim Crow Cigarette: Tracing Cultures of Transnational Capitalism Before World War II"

David Noble Graduate Research Fellowship

We also provide a David Noble Graduate Research Fellowship. This fellowship supports graduate students working within the department. Please consider supporting this fellowship.