The Gates Lecture

The Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Lecture, established in 2012 and administered by the Department of African American Studies at Yale, will annually invite a world-renowned scholar from the diverse field of African Diaspora Studies to present an original lecture to the University and New Haven communities. These lectures are endowed in the spirit of excellence that Professor Gates (Yale ’73) brought to the Yale community, particularly in African American Studies, during his years of undergraduate study and while on the faculty.

The Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Lectureship is made possible through the generous support of Daniel and Joanna S. Rose.

Gates Lectures Online
View all of the Gates Lectures on the Yale University Youtube website.


Photo Credit: Andrew Dowe

Pictured: Elizabeth Alexander, Inaugural Gates Lecturer Kwame Anthony Appiah, former Yale President
Richard Levin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Oct. 2012)


“Nobel laureate talks modern slavery”
By Tyler Foggatt, Yale Daily News, Thursday, April 10, 2014

“New lectureship created in the name of Henry Louis Gates Jr.”
By Dorie Baker, Yale News, December 14, 2012