La Vere served as an on-camera commentator for The History Channel's "Digging for the Truth" on an episode about North Carolina's Lost Colony of Roanoke. A former Marine infantryman, he specializes in American Indian history, particularly the Indians of the Southern Plains and the Southeast.
He has published several books, including "The Caddo Chiefdoms: Caddo Economics and Politics, 800 AD - 1835" (1998, University of Nebraska Press) and "Life Among the Texas Indians: The WPA Narratives" (1998, Texas A&M University Press).
His book, "Contrary Neighbors: Southern Plains and Removed Indians in Indian Territory" (2000, University of Oklahoma Press), examines the interactions between the Southeastern Indians who were removed to Indian Territory over the Trail of Tears with the Southern Plains Indians already living there. It won the 2001 Oklahoma Book Award for Best Nonfiction. His latest book is "Looting of Spiro Mounds: An American in King Tut's Tomb."
Knoxville attorney J. Michael Winchester established the endowment in Tennessee Tech's history department to provide lectures free to students and the public. Winchester, president of Winchester, Sellers, Foster & Steele, P.C., earned all-America honors as a member of TTU's baseball team and was inducted into the university's Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.
La Vere's lecture will be held 7-9 p.m. in Derryberry Hall Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.