About the Annual Michael D. Green Lecture in American Indian Studies

The American Indian Center sponsors an annual lecture in November in honor of Michael D. Green, professor emeritus of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Dr. Green was a distinguished historian of American Indians, and a founder of the American Indian Studies program in the American Studies Department on campus.  This lecture series recognizes his life and achievements by inviting a leading scholar in the field of American Indian Studies to give a public lecture.


2017 Featured Speaker – Dr. Kim TallBear

Thursday, November 2, 2017

3:00pm – Reception

4:00pm – Lecture: “Molecular Death and Redface Reincarnation: Indigenous Appropriations in the US and Canada”

Location: Pleasants Family Room, Wilson Library (For visitor parking information, click here. A campus map can be accessed here.)

Co-sponsors: American Indian Center, American Indian and Indigenous Studies, American Studies



2016 Featured Speaker– Dr. Nancy Shoemaker, Internationalizing American Indian Studies

2015 Featured Speaker – Professor Raymond Fogelson, Exploring Cherokee Metaphysics of Death and Life

2014 Featured Speaker – Robbie Ethridge, Ph.D.  When Giants Walked the Earth: Chief Tascaluza and Southeastern Indian Leadership in the Ancient South

2013 Featured Speaker – Daniel Justice, Ph.D.  Downriver, Up-Mountain, Across the Border: Placing Critical Indigenous Studies at Home and Abroad  

Dr. Justice provided an enlightening talk and we thank the students, Dr. Justice, American Indian and Indigenous Studies Faculty as well as the Chapel Hill community for making this event a huge success.  To read more, see the article in The Herald Sun.

2012 Featured Speaker – K. Tsianina Lomawaima, Ph.D.  The Mutuality of Citizenship and Sovereignty:  How the U.S. Constructs the Status of Indians to Validate Settler Colonial “Entitlements” to Land and Identity

2011 Featured Speaker – Daniel H. Usner, Jr., Ph.D.  From Bayou Teche to Fifth Avenue: How Chitimacha Indian Baskets Began Moving Across America

2010 Featured Speaker – Jean M. O’Brien, Ph.D.  Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians Out of Existence in New England

Inaugural Featured Speaker  –  N. Bruce Duthu, Ph.D.  Tribal Sovereignty and the Limits of Legal Pluralism in the U.S.