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.

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2017 Henry L. Gates Jr. Annual Lecture - Dorothy E. Roberts
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2017 Gates Lecture:  H. L. Gates, Jr.,  Gates Lecturer Dorothy E. Roberts, Gates Lecture sponsor Dan Rose and African American Studies Department chair, Jacqueline Goldsby


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