The Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies and the Department of History are proud to announce that Thomas C. Holt will deliver the History Department’s 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium Lecture on January 18, 2016. Holt is James Westfall Thompson Professor of American and African American History and the College at the University of Chicago.

A veteran of the civil rights movement with the Southern Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Professor Holt earned B.A. and M.A. degrees at Howard University, followed by a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1973. He has received MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships and served on the Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities. His latest book, Children of Fire: A History of African Americans, debuted in 2011. He was a faculty member at the University of Michigan in History and African and African American Studies from 1979 to 1988.

Professor Holt's lecture is free and open to the public and occurs in conjunction with the University of Michigan’s 29th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium. Following the lecture, Professor Holt will participate in workshop for graduate students. Details for both events, including venues and times, will be available in the fall.

The History Department’s 2016 Martin Luther King Symposium Lecture is presented by the Department of History and the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, with support from Kenneth and Frances Aftel Eisenberg.