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Event Calendar

Some of the events listed here are not sponsored directly by the Department of History, but they are of interest to historians.


January 2015


26 January 2015
5 pm
Blount Auditorium, Buckman Hall, Rhodes College
Lecture by Dr Michael Nelson

Dr Michael NelsonDr Michael Nelson, Palmer Professor of Political Science at Rhodes College, will speak on his book Resilient America: Electing Nixon in 1968, Channeling Dissent, and Dividing Government. There will be a reception and book signing immediately after the lecture.

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Department of History at Rhodes College.





February 2015


2 February 2015
7 pm
Wunderlich Auditorium, Memphis University School, 6191 Park Avenue
Meeting of the West Tennessee Historical Society

Aram GoudsouzianDr Aram Goudsouzian, chairman of the Department of History at the University of Memphis, will present his book Down To The Crossroads: Civil Rights, Black Power and the Meredith March Against Fear. This narrative history of the civil rights movement is told through James Meredith’s tumultuous 1966 march from Memphis to Jackson, Mississippi, down U.S. Hwy 51 that began as a voter-registration drive.



6 February 2015
1:45 pm
Location to be announced
Presentations of dissertation prospectuses

Candidates who have been approved by their committees to present a prospectus should contact Dr Daniel Unowsky as soon as possible.


6 February 2015
6:30 pm — reception
7 pm — lecture
Fountain View Suite (room 350) of the University Center
Lecture by Dr Jeremy Pope

Dr Jeremy PopeDr Pope, assistant professor of history at the College of William and Mary, will lecture on his work on the 25th-Dynasty Nubian pharaoh, Taharqo. He is a member of the editorial board of African Archaeological Review and the author of The Double Kingdom under Taharqo: Studies in the History of Kush and Egypt c. 690-664 BC, published by E. J. Brill in 2014.

The lecture is sponsored by the Egyptology Graduate Student Association.


11-13 February 2015
16th Annual Graduate Conference in African-American History
University Center

Conference poster

The Graduate Association for African-American History has published a tentative program and has placed an event listing for the conference on Facebook.

This year’s conference will feature a luncheon and lecture by Dr Daniel Maitlin of King’s College London for the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change and a keynote address for GAAAH by Dr Eddie S. Glaude of Princeton University.


12 February 2015
Noon-1:30 pm
Bluff Room of the University Center (room 308)
Lecture by Dr Daniel Maitlin and Luncheon of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change

Book coverDr Daniel MaitlinDr Daniel Maitlin was a co-winner of the Hooks Institute National Book Award for On the Corner: African-American Intellectuals and the Urban Crisis. He is a lecturer in the history of the United States of America since 1865 in King’s College London.

The luncheon and lecture are free and open to the public.

The event is co-sponsored by the Graduate Association for African-American History as part of the 16th Annual Graduate Conference in African-American History


12 February 2015
6 pm — reception
6:30 pm — keynote address
7:30 pm — question-and-answer session
7:45-8:15 pm — book signing in lobby
University Center Ballroom

Dr Eddie GlaubeDr Eddie Glaude will speak on “The Values Gap: Race and Contemporary American Politics" as the keynote speaker for the 16th Annual Graduate Conference in African-American History.

Dr Glaude is William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies in the Department of Religion, and Chair, Center for African American Studies, at Princeton University.  His books include In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America and Exodus!: Religion, Race, and Nation in Early 19th Century Black America.



24 February 2015
5:30-7:30 pm
River Room of the University Center (room 300)
Website release party of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute For Social Change

Voter registration in Fayette County, TennesseeThe Hooks Institute will be releasing 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.



March 2015


7 March 2015
10 am
Brownsville, Tennessee
Meeting of the West Tennessee Historical Society

Elbert WilliamsWTHS member Jim Emison will present the story of Elbert Williams of Brownsville, Tennessee, who was murdered 20 June 20, 1940. Mr Williams was the first NAACP member in the nation known to have been killed for his civil-rights work. Elbert Williams, First To Die is the working title of Emison’s book in progress, chronicling the murder, the unsuccessful efforts of the NAACP to obtain a federal civil rights prosecution, a reluctant FBI’s investigation, and the U. S. Justice Department’s reversal of its decision to prosecute.

The presentation will be in the Delta Room behind Backyard Barbeque, 703 East Main Street, Brownsville, Tennessee.




26 March 2015
5:30 pm — reception
6 pm — lecture
University Center Theater
“To Gain Title to Our Bodies: Black Women and the Long Civil Rights Movement”

Dr Danielle McGuireBook coverLecture by Dr Danielle McGuire, assistant professor of history at Wayne State University.

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.  

This is the Belle McWilliams Lecture in U.S. history for 2014-2015, sponsored by the Department of History. It is also an event of the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Women, African and African American Studies, and the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change.


April 2015


At this time there are no events scheduled for April 2015.


May 2015


1 May 2015
12:30 pm
223 Mitchell Hall
“The Job Market”

ToolboxPart of a series of professionalization workshops for MA and PhD students. This session is for PhD students. It will be led by Dr Andrew Daily.

This is the last workshop in the series for the current academic year.





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