This event has been postponed. We are looking to reschedule for fall 2020.
Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the Frey Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professor for 2019-20. He will deliver a free public lecture on April 7 at 5:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall.
Gates is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.
Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic and institution builder, Gates has authored or co-authored 24 books and created 21 documentaries, including the groundbreaking genealogy series Finding Your Roots on PBS.
His latest book is Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow, published in 2019.
The recipient of 55 honorary degrees and numerous prizes, Gates was a member of the first class awarded fellowships, sometimes called “genius grants,” by the MacArthur Foundation in 1981. In 1998, he became the first African American scholar to be awarded the National Humanities Medal.
The Frey Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professorship is one of the highest honors bestowed by the College of Arts & Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill to distinguished public leaders. Past speakers include Nina Totenberg, Fareed Zakaria, E.L. Doctorow, Ted Turner, Alice Walker and Christine Todd Whitman.
The Frey Foundation was established in 1974 by Edward J. and Frances Frey of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Their son, alumnus David Gardner Frey, BA ’64, JD ’67, is chairman of the foundation and a longtime supporter of UNC’s College of Arts & Sciences.