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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.

2023 Featured Speaker – Dr. Niigaan Sinclair

Thursday, November 9, 2023

3:00pm – Lecture 

4:00-5:00pm – Reception 

Location: University Room, Hyde Hall 

Photo credit: Portrait of Niigaan Sinclair by Hawlii Pichette, Urban Iskwew.

2022 Featured Speaker – Joy Harjo

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

2:30pm – Reading 

3:30pm – Reception 

Location: Frank Porter Graham Student Union (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, Department of History

2022 14th Annual Michael D. Green Lecture Flyer

2021 Featured Speaker – Stacy Leeds, LL.M., J.D.  “The State of Many Nations: Pushing Boundaries and a Post-McGirt Oklahoma” 

2020 Featured Speaker – Collin Gordon Callaway, Ph.D.  “Why George Washington Matters to Native American History” 

2019 Featured Speaker – Scott Manning Stevens, Ph.D. “Reclaiming Our Narratives of Place: Haudenosaunee History on the Ground”

2018 Featured Speaker – Scott Manning Stevens, Ph.D.  ” The Politics of Vanishing: Indian Removal Then and Now” (event cancelled and rescheduled)

2017 Featured Speaker – Kim TallBear, Ph.D.  “Molecular Death and Redface Reincarnation: Indigenous Appropriations in the US and Canada”

2016 Featured Speaker – Nancy Shoemaker, Ph.D.  “Internationalizing American Indian Studies”

2015 Featured Speaker – Raymond Fogelson, Ph.D.  “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”  

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”

2009 Inaugural Featured Speaker –  N. Bruce Duthu, Ph.D.  “Tribal Sovereignty and the Limits of Legal Pluralism in the U.S.”