Hooks Calendar of Events: 2015

November 2015

November 19

douglas blackmonDouglas Blackmon Lecture | Slavery by Another Name

University of Memphis, Michael D. Rose Theatre
5:30 pm reception | 6:00 pm lecture followed by book signing

Douglas Blackmon will give a lecture on his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. The lecture will be followed by a book signing.


OCTOBER 2015

October 15

Open House PosterBenjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change Open House

University of Memphis, Michael D. Rose Theatre
4:30pm reception, 5:00pm open house

Panel Discussion: The Hot Summer of 2015: The Nation Faces Old and Retooled Forms of Racial Discrimination: The Intractable Issue of Race in America 

 

Topics under discussion include:

  • The Black Lives Matter Movement
  • The Charleston Shootings
  • Policing in Poor and Minority Communities
  • Poverty and Opportunities for Marginalized Groups
  • How do we move our community and nation forward on these issues?
  • Panelists who are leading efforts on these fronts will lead the discussion.

Panelists include:

  • Jennifer Stollman, PhD, Academic Director and Consultant in Detecting and Eliminating Institutional and Interpersonal Biases, William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi
  • Shelia Peters, PhD, Associate Professor, Fisk University, Former Director of the Fisk Race Relations Institute, with expertise in providing training for cultural competence in communities, institutions and systems of care
  • Earle Fisher, MDiv, Preacher, Writer, Social Activist, and co-spokesperson of the Memphis Grassroots Organizations which stands in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter Movement

Moderator:

Andre E. Johnson, PhD, Associate Professor, U of M, Rhetoric, Politics and Society with Emphasis on African American culture

This event is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Director of Diversity Initiatives/Office of the Provost, the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, and the Critical Conversations Committee.


 October 6

The Hunting Ground Film Showing
University of Memphis, Michael D. Rose Theater | October 6, 2016 | 1:00-3:30 pm and 7:00-9:30 pm

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A viewing of this engaging and provocative documentary on sexual assaults on campuses and the alleged failure of university administrators to pursue aggressive action against student assailants. This event is free and open to the public.

Kirby Dick, writer/director of documentary is a panelist.

This event is sponsored by the the Director of Diversity Initiatives/Office of the Provost, the Center for Research on Women, the Critical Conversations Committee, and the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change.


SEPTEMBER 2015

September 21

Community Leaders Meeting for Critical Conversations

University of Memphis, Michael D. Rose Theatre, 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Through an engaging discussion among students, faculty, staff, and the Memphis community about key issues that impact our city and nation, we hope to sustain and facilitate a democratic civil society that values diversity, civil rights, human rights, and nonviolent movements and initiatives. In order to make this program a success and effect positive change, we need the support and collaboration of leaders and organizations from the broader Memphis area. The purpose of this meeting is to identify and implement tactics that facilitate this collaboration among the U of M and community leaders.


hotsummerThe Hot Summer of 2015: The Nation Faces Old and Retooled Forms of Racial Discrimination: The Intractable Issue of Race

September 16, 2015: Lunch/Student Discussion (limit 30 students)
October 01, 2015: Lunch/Student Discussion (limit 30 students)
The September 16th and October 1st events are open only to students and faculty facilitators.

These lunch-time discussions will focus on the Charleston Shootings, the Black Lives Matter movement, the Rachel Dolezal matter, and the continuing relevance of race in American life. Articles to facilitate discussion will be posted to the Critical Conversations website two weeks prior to the first event.

This event is sponsored by the Director of Diversity Initiatives/Office of the Provost, the Critical Conversations Committee, the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, and Multicultural Affairs.


April 2015

April 20 - 25

Nashville Film Festival | Duty of the Hour Screening

Monday | April 20, 2015 | 6:58 pm | Regal Green Hills
Saturday | April 25, 2015 | 2:43 pm | Regal Green Hills


April 9

Annual Join Hands for Change Gala
The Columns, One Commerce Square, Memphis, TN 38103, 7:00pm-11:00pm

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The theme this year is Empowering ● Supporting● Celebrating ●African American Men. The Gala will focus on those African American men who have made, or have shown great potential to make, substantial contributions to education, the arts, business, faith based and other disciplines.

For tickets or sponsorship information, please contact the Hooks Institute at 901.678.3974 or bhi@memphis.edu


 April 1

The Final Word: The Supreme Court: 
Marriage, Same Sex Couples, and the Constitution

Speakers: Memphis Attorney Maureen Holland and Plaintiffs
University of Memphis, University Center (Ballroom C), 4:30pm reception; 5:00pm program

Co-Sponsored by: Director of Diversity Initiatives/Office of the Provost; The Critical Conversations Committee at the University of Memphis; The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis; The Helen Hardin Honors Program; Outlaw American Constitution Society; Stonewall Tigers; and the Honors Student Council. 

This is a Critical Conversations Initiative. The goal of the Critical Conversations is to use our collective scholarship to sustain and facilitate a democratic civil society that values diversity, civil rights, human rights, and nonviolent movements and initiatives.

This event is free and open to the public.

March 2015

March 26

Marcus Orr Center and Hooks Institute Co-Sponsor Dr. Danielle McGuire's Lecture "To Gain Title to Our Bodies: Black Women and the Long Civil Rights Movement"

University of Memphis, University Center Theater, 5:30pm reception, 6:00pm lectureDanielle McGuire

Dr McGuire's book At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance—a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power was published by Knopf in 2010 and issued as a Vintage paperback in 2011. Her current book project will investigate the ways in which ordinary people experienced the 1967 Detroit racial uprising.

Co-sponsored by: the History Department, the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, the Center for Research on Women, African and African American Studies, and the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change.

March 24

Critical ConversationsBrown (Ferguson, MO), Garner and Martin: Police and Social Justice

University of Memphis, University Center Theater (UC 145), 5:00pm–7:00pm, reception to follow panel discussion

Co-Sponsored by: Director of Diversity Initiatives/Office of the Provost; The Critical Conversations Committee at the University of Memphis; The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis.

This is a Critical Conversations Initiative. The goal of the Critical Conversations is to use our collective scholarship to sustain and facilitate a democratic civil society that values diversity, civil rights, human rights, and nonviolent movements and initiatives.

This event is free and open to the public. Students are encouraged to express their views during the Q&A session.


February 2015

February 24

Voter Desk RegistrationStories of Civil Rights from Fayette County, TN
Website Release Party

University of Memphis, University Center River Room (UC 300), 5:30pm-7:30pm

The Hooks Institute will be launching its Mapping Civil Rights History and Tent City websites at this special release event. The Mapping Civil Rights History website will allow users to explore pivotal civil rights locations through photos and history on the interactive map. The Tent City website chronicles the struggles as well as the victories of Civil Rights Era activists in Fayette County, Tennessee.

This event is free and open to the public.

*Image from Memphis-Press Scimitar, property of Special Collections, University of Memphis Libraries


 February 12

On the CornerHooks Institute National Book Award Co-Winner Luncheon

University of Memphis, University Center Bluff Room (UC 308), Noon-1:30pm

The Hooks Institute will honor Daniel Matlin, lecturer at King's College London, author of On the Corner: African American Intellectuals and the Urban Crisis and the 2014 co-winner of the Institute's annual book award, at a special Black History Month event. The luncheon is free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by the Department of History, The Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities, the Center for Research on Women, and Harvard University Press.