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Event Calendar

Continuing Events
 | April 2014 | May 2014 | June 2014 | July 2014 | August 2014 | September 2014

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


  Continuing Events


Through 4 May 2014
Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central Avenue
Race—Are We So Different?

Logo for exhibitionExhibition, lectures, and dialogues on the subject of race, presenting the everyday experience of living with race, its history as an idea, the role of science in that history, and the findings of contemporary science that are challenging its foundations.

All the free public lectures in connection with the exhibit have already been delivered.

For full information, visit the Web site for the events or telephone 901.636.2362.


Through 15 June 2014
Rotunda and 4th floor of McWherter Library
The Civil Rights Act of 1964: How Far Have We Come?

Exhibition sponsored by University Libraries and Friends of the University Libraries.

A research guide has been prepared for the exhibition. In addition to the welcome page, which gives general information about the exhibition, there are pages for government publicationsbooksnewspapersfilms, and additional resources.


April 2014


24 April 2014
7-8:30 pm
Christian Brothers University Theater, 650 E. Parkway South
Community Conversation with Douglas A. Blackmon

Douglas A. BlackmonJournalist Douglas A. Blackmon won the Pulitzer Prize in general non-fiction in 2009 for his book Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. A documentary film based on the book, Slavery by Another Name, was aired in 2012 on PBS stations. It can be viewed in its entirety on the PBS website.

Mr Blackmon began as a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat and as the managing editor of the Daily Record, both in Little Rock. He later worked as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Since 1995 he has worked for The Wall Street Journal and in 2012 became chief of its Atlanta bureau.

Seating is limited. To respond, please visit or call 901.452.1776, extension 221. The lecture is sponsored by Facing History and Ourselves, and The Allstate Foundation, as part of a national series of Community Conversations.


25 April 2014
1 pm
203 Mitchell Hall
Prospectuses for dissertations

PhD candidates who are planning to present should notify the Graduate Coordinator, Dr James Blythe, of their intentions as soon as they are certain they are ready to present, and remember to send him an invitation for the department to attend, with the prospectus attached, one week or more before the session so they can be forwarded to the department. In order to present, candidates must have their committee chair send Dr Blythe an e-mail stating that the committee approves the prospectus.

Candidates must observe the guidelines for the prospectus in the Guide for Graduate Students.


27 April 2014
Noon-5 pm
Hillwood Hall at Davies Manor, 3570 Davieshire Drive, Bartlett
Shelby County History Festival

Poster for Shelby County History FestivalOver 25 historically-oriented organizations will be present for visitors to view historical artifacts, purchase membership in the organizations, buy history books and other historically relevant materials, and learn about opportunities to become involved.

Admission to the festival is free. Lunch and snacks will be available for purchase. Within walking distance of the festival, on the grounds of Davies Manor, is an 1860 Living History event, “Tennessee on the Brink,” about late April to early May 1861, when Tennessee would consider the question of secession from the Union. Admission to this event is $8; students with ID, $5; children under 6 free.

The festival is sponsored by the Davies Manor Association, Shelby County Historian, Shelby County Historical Commission, and N.B. Forrest Camp 215 of Sons of Confederate Veterans.

For more information, download a poster for the festival as an image file.



May 2014


1 May 2014
2:30-4 pm
Lobby of Mitchell Hall
Retirement reception for Jim Blythe and Peggy Caffrey

The beginning time is approximate — the reception will begin after the faculty meeting. There will be desserts and coffee. Those who attend are asked to bring their favorite stories and photographs of the honorees.


1-3 May 2014
Various sites in Germantown
Tennessee Preservation Trust conference

Logo of the Tennessee Preservation TrustThe Tennessee Preservation Trust is the state’s only Statewide Partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is a membership-based organization that focuses on promoting preservation across Tennessee through education and advocacy. It supports individuals and communities across Tennessee who want to protect, restore, and promote their historic and cultural resources.

Headquartered in Nashville, its annual conference travels around the state and showcases the historic character of a different community each year.

For more information about the conference, visit the Web page for the event.


5 May 2014
7 pm
Wunderlich Auditorium, Memphis University School, 6191 Park Avenue
Meeting of the West Tennessee Historical Society

Jimmy Ogle and John GuinozzoJohn “JJ” Guinozzo and Jimmy Ogle will present more than fifty-years of Memphis baseball history. Mr Guinozzo has been the official scorer for the Memphis Redbirds and previous professional baseball teams here since 1971 and has compiled and annually updated his “Memphis Baseball Encyclopedia."






7 May 2014
3-4:30 pm (remarks at 3:30)
Fountain View Room of the University Center
Celebration of retirees in the College of Arts and Sciences

Retiring facultyDr James Blythe and Dr Margaret Caffrey from the Department of History are retiring at the end of the spring semester 2014, along with seven other faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences: Dr Stephen D. Benin, Bornblum Judaic Studies; Dr Linda Bennett, Anthropology; Dr Charles Biggers, Biological Sciences; Dr Stan Franklin, Computer Sciences; Dr Charles Hall, English; Dr Stanley (Ed) Stevens, Biological Sciences; and Bette Veteto, Mathematical Sciences.

You are invited to celebrate their careers and contributions. 




June 2014


5 June 2014
8:30 am-4 pm
Fogelman Executive Center and Holiday Inn Ballroom
The Delta—Everything Southern!

Delta Conference image

The Delta conference, now in its ninth year, is an annual, day-long celebration of the history, culture, and life of the Delta region of the nation. Unlike other purely scholarly programs, this program is for a general audience and includes entertaining as well as informative presentations. The program continues its tradition of excellence by bringing a wide variety of scholars and experts, many of whom are from the Delta.

This conference is sponsored by University Libraries with the support of the Friends of the University Libraries at The University of Memphis.

A list of presenters and events will be posted later. For more information, visit the Web site for the event or its Facebook page, or contact Anna Swearengen, 901.678.2744, or Jennifer Schnabel, 901.678.8210.


July 2014


At the moment there are no events scheduled for July.


August 2014


6 August 2014
7 pm
Hillwood Hall at Davies Manor, 3570 Davieshire Drive, Bartlett
Shelby County History Awards Dinner


September 2014


18-20 September 2014
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
2014 Mid-America Conference on History

Conference logoThe conference, sponsored by the Department of History at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, has issued a call for proposals on papers and panel sessions:

  • Proposals for both papers and panel sessions in all fields of history will be considered
  • Graduate students are encouraged to participate
  • Proposals for papers or panels should include an abstract of not more than 200 words and be accompanied by a short C.V.
  • Conference attendees who would like to serve as a session chair or commenter are encouraged to respond to this call as well
  • Deadline for submitting proposals is 15 May 2014

Please submit proposals electronically as Microsoft Word or PDF files to

Send all other conference-related questions to the same.

The keynote speaker will be Dr H. W. Brands, of the University of Texas at Austin,
where he holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History.

Full information about the conference, including an introduction, call for papers, registration form,  Fort Smith hotel accommodations, contacts at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, and guest speakers may be found in a Welcome Kit (pdf).


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