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David Noble Lecture

David Noble was an American studies professor at the University of Minnesota who retired in 2009 after 50 years of teaching. Noble has made, and continues to make, 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.

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

David Noble Lecture spring 2018: 4/10/2018

Featured Previous David Noble Lecturers

  • 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"