The Department of History, Geography, and Philosophy at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is pleased to announce the inaugural lecture of the annual Guilbeau Lecture Series. Historian Allyson Hobbs, Associate Professor of History at Stanford University will speak from her first book, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life (Harvard U.P., 2014). Hobbs is the Director of African and African American Studies at Stanford University. In addition to being named the New York Times Book Review Editors Choice in 2014, A Chosen Exile also received the Frederick Jackson Turner Award for Best New Book in American History and the Lawrence Levine Award for Best Book in American Cultural History. In this lecture, Hobbs examines themes of identity, history, and culture in America and asks the question, “How do you tell the history of racial loss?” The series made possible by the Guilbeau Charitable Trust. The Trust was established in 2006 through a generous donation from Jamie Guilbeau and Thelma Guilbeau to the Department of History at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The Guilbeau Lecture Series brings one guest scholar to Lafayette to speak to the public each year on a topic of historic and cultural interest. The event will take place Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the Bayou Bijou Theater in the UL Lafayette Student Union. The event is free and open to the public.