This year for Women's History Month, the Center for Research on Women celebrated the
lives and contributions of Tennessee Women, who not only impacted women's history,
but the history of humankind.
CROW highlighted the "lives and times" of some of the phenomenal women featured in
U of M Associate Professor of History Beverly Bond's edited volume, Tennessee Women:
Their Lives and Times, through interpretive readings and music featuring U of M faculty
and staff, and a panel discussion of the book.
Women in Tennessee History
Listen to CROW Director Lynda Sagrestano, Ph.D., Director of African and African American
Studies, Beverly Bond, Ph.D., and Associate Professor of History, Arkansas State University,
Sarah Wilkerson Freemann, Ph.D., as they discuss women's role in the making of Tennessee
history for the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities radio show, Counterpoint Radio.
Reading in the Rotunda
On Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 in the Rotunda of the McWherter Library on the U of
M campus, the lives of five women featured in Tennesse Women were highlighted. Theatrical
interpretive readings by Phoebe Omlie, Wilma Dykeman, Mary Church-Terrell, and Francis
Wright were performed by faculty from the College of Communications and Fine Arts,
including Brandon Riley, Lauren Scott, Sarah Brown, Moira Logan, and Kimberly Johnson.
Memphis blues singer Joyce Cobb, accompanied by J.T. Page, performed the music of
Tennessee Women: Panel Discussion
U of M Professors Beverly Bond, Janann Sherman, Aram Goudsouzian along with Rhodes
College Associate Professor Gaily Murray, Arkansas State University Associate Professor
Sarah Wilkerson and Laura Helper-Ferris presented on Tennessee Women Mily Swan Price,
Phoebe Fairgrave Omlie, Wilma Rudolph, Jocelyn Dan Wurzburg, Bettye Berger and Charl
Ormond Wiliams in a panel discussion on Wednesday, March 31st in the McWherter Library.
Audience members and panelists engaged in a lively discussion about historical Tennessee
women featured in the book. Joining the discussion was audience member Jocelyn Dan
Wurzburg. Wurzburg is featured in Tennessee Women and provided animated anecdotal
stories, as well as answered audience questions.
* All events sponsored by the Center for Research on Women; University of Memphis
Libraries; Department of History; Department of Theatre and Dance; Women's and Gender
Studies Program; African and African-American Studies; and the College of Communication
and Fine Arts.