Department of History College of Arts and Sciences
University of Memphis Photo
Event Calendar



April 2015 | May 2015 | June 2015 | July 2015 | August 2015 | September 2015 | October 2015

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 10 May 2015
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Avenue
“This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement”

This exhibition offers a remarkable opportunity to experience the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of nine photographers who were actively involved, not as professional photojournalists but working primarily with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. It comprises 157 black-and-white images by Bob Adelman, George Ballis, Bob Fitch, Bob Fletcher, Matt Herron, David Prince, Herbert Randall, Maria Varela, and Tamio Wakayama and offers a remarkable, moving view of this crucial period in American history. An accompanying audio guide brings these photographs to life through eye- witness accounts and personal observations. 

The exhibition is organized by the Center for Documentary Expression and Art in Salt Lake City, Utah, and curated by Matt Herron, one of the contributing photographers.

For more information, visit the event’s website.

Information about the Museum’s hours and admission fees.


Through 10 May 2015
National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry Street
“Pictures Tell the Story”

From the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s permanent collection, including photographs by Ernest Withers, organized to run concurrently with “This Light of Ours.”

For more information, visit the event’s website.

Information about the Museum’s hours and admission fees.


April 2015


27 April 2015
4 pm
Barret Library 051, Rhodes College
“Emancipation and the End of the American Civil War: What did it mean? Why did it matter?”

Panel discussion by Dr Timothy Huebner, chair of the Department of History at Rhodes College, and Dr Susan O’Donovan, associate professor of history at The University of Memphis.

Dr Charles McKinney, associate professor of history at Rhodes College, will moderate.


27 April 2015
7 pm
Paradiso Theater, 584 South Mendenhall Road
“Remember the Sultana”

Sinking of the SultanaFree screening by Malco Theatres of a documentary by Mark and Mike Marshall about the sinking of the Sultana on 27 April 1865. A question-and-answer session with the filmmakers will following the screening.

The Sultana was carrying an estimated 2,200-2,400 passengers, mostly paroled Union prisoners of war. Seven miles north of Memphis, three of its four steam boilers exploded. Approximately 1,800 persons died, making it the worst maritime disaster that the United States has ever had.

In an invitation Jimmy Ogle, Shelby County Historian, noted that the seating capacity in the theater is 375, while the Sultana was certified for 376. 



30 April 2015
1-3 pm
Lobby of Mitchell Hall
Retirement reception for Dr Walter R. “Bob” Brown


May 2015


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

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.



4 May 2015
7 pm
Wunderlich Auditorium, Memphis University School
Meeting of the West Tennessee Historical Society

Book cover

Patricia LaPointe McFarland will make a presentation on the history of Memphis medicine, including the first hospital in the state in 1830; the first medical schools in 1846; the military hospital centers during the Civil War; the tragic yellow fever epidemic of 1878; the origins and development of the medical center around Forrest Park at Union and Dunlap (once the city's outskirts, eventually becoming the UTCHS complex); and Memphis’ medical contributions in the First World War.

Ms McFarland holds a master's degree in history from the University of Memphis. She retired in 2006 as curator of collections in the Memphis and Shelby County Room of the public library. She is currently working on the archives of St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, whose rich history includes the church’s role in the yellow fever epidemic. 

Ms McFarland and Dr Mary Ellen Pitts are the authors of Memphis Medicine, The History of Science and Service, with photographs curated by Dick Raichelson. The book encompasses the nearly 200-year journey of the people, institutions, and innovations that have transformed Memphis into the Mid-South's epicenter of medical knowledge, education, and expertise.


 June 2015


20 June 2015
9 am-1:30 pm
Brownsville, Tennessee
Memorial for the 75th anniversary of Elbert Williams' death

Elbert WilliamsElbert Williams, a resident of Brownsville, was the first NAACP member in the nation known to have been killed for his civil rights work. The Elbert Williams Memorial Committee has organized activities for memorializing the 75th anniversary of his death. 

A memorial service will be held 9-10:30 am in a venue to be announced. The service will include a memorial address by Cornell Brooks, national president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.  

The unveiling and dedication of a historical marker at will take place 11-11:30 am at the intersection of North Jackson and East Main Street, one block east of Court Square, and will feature brief remarks by the Tennessee State Historian, Dr Carroll Van West, and Dr Quintard Taylor, professor of history, University of Washington-Seattle.

A procession will occur 1-1:30 pm from the Tabernacle Methodist Church, 3000 Tabernacle Road, to Taylor Cemetery. A plaque to Mr Williams' memory will be dedicated at his unmarked grave.

These ceremonies constitute the June meeting of the West Tennessee Historical Society. 


 July 2015


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


 August 2015


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


 September 2015


10-12 September 2015
McKendree University, Lebanon, Illinois
37th Annual Mid-America Conference on History

For information, contact Dr Shelly Lemons, Department of History, McKendree University, 701 College Road, Lebanon, IL 62254 or email


18-20 September 2015
University of Colorado-Boulder
Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary History Conference

Sponsored by graduate students of the Department of History at the University of Colorado-Boulder, the conference provides a congenial atmosphere for students to present papers, network with fellow graduate students, gain experience in public speaking, and attend a professional development panel.  First-time presenters are especially encouraged to participate.

Submissions in any discipline and national context are welcome. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Regional, National, Transnational, or International History
  • Diplomatic History
  • History of the West
  • Visual Culture and Art History
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Cultural Identity
  • Jewish Studies
  • Gender or History of Sexuality
  • History of Ideas
  • Environmental History
  • Asian History

Presentations will be strictly limited to 15 minutes, so papers should be no more than 8 pages in length, not including endnotes and bibliography. Every paper will receive commentary by another graduate student, and a faculty member will moderate each panel session. Presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer session. There will be a small monetary award for the best conference paper. 

The deadline for submission of papers is 7 June 2015. Apply online at Submit the abstract submission form, a one-page abstract of the paper, and a current CV (all files should be uploaded in .pdf). The abstract should clearly express an original argument rooted in extensive primary-source research.

Several small travel grants available. If you are interested in being considered for a travel grant include a short paragraph explaining why you need the grant. You will find a place to upload the paragraph on the abstract submission form.

Professor Paul E. J. Hammer, associate professor of history at the University of Colorado-Boulder, will be the keynote speaker for the conference. 


23-25 September 2015
Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi
The Fifteenth Amendment: From U.S. Grant to Lyndon B. Johnson’s Voting Rights Act

Logo of the eventInaugural symposium hosted by the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library and Mississippi State University.

Papers and panel submissions are due 1 April 2015. For more information, visit the website for the event.


23-27 September 2015
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia
100th convention of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History

Logo of the conventionThe theme is “A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture.”

Two members of our Department of History will participate in roundtable discussions:

  • Dr Aram Goudsouzian will be on the roundtable for “Sports History as Civil Rights History”
  • Dr Chris Johnson will be on the roundtable for “Stokely Carmichael: His Life and Legacy”

For more information, visit the website for the ASALH and the Facebook page for the convention.



  October 2015


1-3 October 2015
Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky
31st Ohio Valley Historical Conference

The conference, sponsored by the History Department of Eastern Kentucky University, has as its theme “The Sixties: A Fifty-Year Retrospective.” Papers addressing this theme will be given preference, although a broad range of subjects, including regional, American, and non-American topics, and interdisciplinary panels and round tables are also welcome.

Image for the conferenceSubmission of complete panels is encouraged, but individual papers are accepted. Abstracts for papers should be approximately 200 words, typed, and single-spaced. Both paper presenters and commentators should upload a CV to the OVHC webpage. The abstract and CV should be received no later than 1 May 2015, to guarantee consideration. The Program Committee will announce selections and send out additional information as soon as possible. 

The OVHC webpage has complete information, including a flyer for the call for papers, textual information about the call for papers, information about the host city, and a map of the Eastern Kentucky University campus. A secure link for registration for the conference will be added later.

The coordinator for the conference is Dr Thomas A. Appleton, who graduated with honors in history and foreign languages from then-Memphis State University in 1971. Dr Appleton received his PhD from the University of Kentucky, edited publications for the Kentucky Historical Society for many years, and since 2000 has been professor of history at Eastern Kentucky University. You may communicate with him by email at or


16 October 2015
Time and place to be announced
2nd Annual Shaheen Symposium

This symposium on the theme of “Keepin’ it real: The Languages of Authenticity” anticipates the lecture to be delivered on 22 October 2015 by Dr Nicholas Watson, who will speak on the issue of vernacular translation of the Bible in the Naseeb Shaheen Memorial Lecture.

The Naseeb Shaheen Memorial Lecture Committee of the University of Memphis English Department has issued a call for abstracts of proposed papers on a broad variety of issues involved in the use of the vernacular. Abstracts must be sent to the committee chair, Dr Cristina Maria Cervone (, by 26 May 2015.


22 October 2015
Time and place to be announced
Naseeb Shaheen Memorial Lecture

Dr Nicholas WatsonDr Nicholas Watson, professor of English at Harvard University, will speak on “The Word of God in the Mother Tongue, or, Why most of what we assume about the history of Bible translation is wrong.”

The lecture series memoralizes the career of Dr Nasheeb Shaheen, who taught in the Department of English for forty years, until his death in 2009, teaching Shakespeare, English Renaissance literature, and the Bible as literature. He was an authority on Shakespeare's allusions to the Bible, documenting more than 1,200 references, and he collected English translations of the Bible made before the King James Version, particularly the Geneva Bible, so that he worked from the same Bibles that were available to Shakespeare.




Text Only | Print | Got a Question? Ask TOM | Contact Us | Memphis, TN 38152 | 901/678-2000 | Copyright 2015 University of Memphis | Important Notice | Last Updated: 
Department of History | 219 Mitchell Hall | Contact us | Visit the Department of History on Facebook Facebook   Twitter Twitter
Last Updated: 4/24/15