Hall Center For The Humanities


Quintard Taylor
Quintard Taylor
Scott & Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History, University of Washington

"Freedom's Frontier: Kansas and the Idea of African American Liberty, 1856-1877"
Special Events – (The Tuttle Lecture)

Tue., Oct. 2, 2012, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Co-sponsored by the American Studies Department, the Office of the Provost, and the Hall Center
Location: Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union

Quintard Taylor is the Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History at the University of Washington, holding the oldest endowed chair at the University.  He is the author of The Forging of A Black Community: Seattle's Central District from 1870 through the Civil Rights Era (1994) and In Search of the Racial Frontier: African Americans in the America West, 1528-1990 (1998).  He and Shirley Ann Wilson Moore are the editors of the anthology, African American Women Confront the West, 1600-2000 (2003) and he is co-editor with Lawrence B. de Graaf, and Kevin Mulroy of Seeking El Dorado: African Americans in California (2001).  In 2008 he edited a two volume collection of primary documents titled From Timbuktu to Katrina: Readings in African American History (2008).  The following year his book, America-I-Am Black Facts: The Story of a People Through Timelines, 1601-2000, was released by Tavis Smiley Books.  The most recent book, Dr. Sam: Soldier, Educator, Advocate, Friend, An Autobiography, which Taylor co-authored with the late university administrator and career army officer Sam Kelly, was released in the summer of 2010.

Taylor is also the author of over fifty articles. His work on African American Western History, African American, African, Afro-Brazilian, and comparative ethnic history has appeared in the Western Historical Quarterly, Pacific Historical Review, Oregon Historical Quarterly, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Journal of Negro History, Arizona and the West, Western Journal of Black Studies, Polish-American Studies, and the Journal of Ethnic Studies, among other jour­nals.  He is also editor of the Race and Culture Series for the University of Oklahoma Press.

The Department of American Studies and friends and family of Bill Tuttle established the annual Tuttle Lecture in 2008 to honor Bill for his 40 years of academic excellence in research and teaching, as well as his service to the university, the Lawrence community, and the nation. The Tuttle Lecture focuses on Bill's primary teaching, research, and civic concerns: African American history and culture and recent American society and politics.

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