Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished Lecture

Sponsor: NCA First Vice President
Fri, 11/17: 5:00 PM  - 6:00 PM 
Room: Dallas Ballroom B - First Floor (Conference Center) 
The Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished Lecture is given in plenary session each year at the annual convention of the Association and features the most accomplished researchers in the field. The topic of the lecture changes annually so as to capture the wide range of research being conducted in the field and to demonstrate the relevance of that work to society at large.

The purpose of the Arnold Lecture is to inspire not by words but by intellectual deeds. Its goal is to make the members of the Association better informed by having one of its best professionals think aloud in their presence. Over the years, the Arnold Lecture will serve as a scholarly stimulus for new ideas and new ways of approaching those ideas.

The Arnold Lecturer is chosen each year by the First Vice President. When choosing the Arnold Lecturer, the First Vice President is charged to select a long-standing member of NCA, a scholar of undisputed merit who has already been recognized as such, a person whose recent research is as vital and suggestive as his or her earlier work, and a researcher whose work meets or exceeds the scholarly standards of the academy generally.

The Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished Lecture is sponsored by Pearson.


Ronald L. Jackson, University of Cincinnati  - Contact Me


NCA First Vice President


Tubman & Jackson on the Twenty Dollar Bill; Or, Ghosts, Gossip, Mediums and Debts

Considering the controversy over the redesign of the U.S. twenty dollar bill, I consult with ghosts and ghouls of the culture wars to imagine other ways of relating to traumatic histories. What discourses might emerge when our money --our main symbol and mode of accounting for value-- is engraved with the visages of ancestors who remind us of enslavement, settler colonialism and racial capitalism? I survey presidential and fugitive journeys to grave sites and school yards, then steal a glance at television shows and news headlines to ponder how the graphic Union of an escaped slave and the cartographer of the Trail of Tears could help us distinguish grief from grievance. Or, put another way, if money talks, how will the new twenty dollar bill gossip about U.S.?  


Catherine R. Squires, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities  - Contact Me