Ned Blackhawk, photo by Derek Jennings
The University of New Mexico Center for the Southwest in the Department of History announces the 2012-2013 C. Ruth and Calvin P. Horn Lecture in Western History and Culture. Ned Blackhawk, professor of history and American studies, Yale University, presents, "The Indigenous West of Mark Twain: Samuel Clemens and American Empire, 1861-1866," on Thursday, March 21, at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building, Ballroom B.

C-SPAN will be on site to tape the lecture and Q&A; for later broadcast. Attendees who wish to ask questions will need to do so at one of the microphones placed in the aisles so that C-SPAN can capture the audio.

Distinguished Professor Virginia Scharff, who directs the history department's Center for the Southwest, said, "We are very excited that C-SPAN is coming to tape Professor Blackhawk's lecture at UNM. It is an acknowledgement of the quality of the program. The C. Ruth and Calvin P. Horn Lecture in Western History and Culture honors the Horn's passion for American Western history. We are pleased that C-SPAN will help us share it with a national audience."

Prior to his appointment at Yale, Blackhawk (Western Shoshone) was on the faculty from 1999 to 2009 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. A graduate of McGill University, he holds graduate degrees in history from UCLA and the University of Washington and is the author of "Violence over the Land: Indians and Empires in the early American West" (Harvard, 2006), a study of the American Great Basin that garnered half a dozen professional prizes, including the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize from the Organization of American Historians.

In addition to serving in professional associations and on the editorial boards of American Quarterly and Ethnohistory, Blackhawk led the establishment of two fellowships, one for American Indian students to attend the Western History Association's annual conference, the other for doctoral students working on American Indian Studies dissertations at Yale University, named after Henry Roe Cloud (Winnebago, Class of 1910).

This event is free and open to the public. A reception follows the lecture.

Visit the Calvin P. Horn Lecture Series for more about the history of the series and the benefactors.

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