All the free public lectures in connection with the exhibit have already been delivered.
Exhibition sponsored by University Libraries and Friends of the University Libraries.
24 April 2014
Christian Brothers University Theater, 650 E. Parkway South
Community Conversation with Douglas A. Blackmon
Journalist 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 facinghistory.org/communityconversations 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
25 April 2014
223 Mitchell Hall
Teaching Tactics Brown Bag
Dr Courtney Luckhardt will talk about SoftChalk, a tool that helps teachers produce
professional-looking online content and lessons easily, a way to create engaging lectures
for online courses or to provide on-campus students with easily accessible information
about the course (syllabi, information on paper writing, etc.).
The session will conclude in time for the prospectus session at 1 pm.
The UMTech site has information about SoftChalk for those who wish to read about it in advance.
25 April 2014
203 Mitchell Hall
Prospectuses for dissertations
Presentations will be made by:
- Genevieve Donovan, Laden with Sexuality?: Conceptualizing the Erotic in Ancient Egypt
- Micki Kaleta, The Impact of Forced Migration on the Antebellum Enslaved Family on
the Cotton Frontier
- Laura Munroe, Menus of Meaning: Myth, Ritual, and the Power of Words in New Kingdom
27 April 2014
Hillwood Hall at Davies Manor, 3570 Davieshire Drive, Bartlett
Shelby County History Festival
Over 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
For more information, download a poster for the festival as an image file.
1 May 2014
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
The 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
Wunderlich Auditorium, Memphis University School, 6191 Park Avenue
Meeting of the West Tennessee Historical Society
John “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
Dr 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.
2 June 2014
Wunderlich Auditorium of Memphis University School
Meeting of West Tennessee Historical Society
Daniel Kiel will present Lessons of the Memphis 13, a documentary film he wrote and directed about the stories of the first students to
desegregate public schools in Memphis. The film premiered at the National Civil Rights
Museum on the 50th anniversary of that historic event and has been featured at film
festivals, universities, and museums across the country.
Mr Kiel is professor at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of
In 1961, seven years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racially segregated schools
were unconstitutional, Memphis City Schools were still segregated. On 3 October 1961, 13
African-American first-graders were enrolled in all-white Bruce, Gordon, Rozelle,
and Springdale elementary schools, with no more than four students per school and
only one per class. That first step toward city school desegregation, taken 50 years
ago by children too young to comprehend the significance, went forth with little advanced
news coverage or public discussion.
5 June 2014
8:30 am-4 pm
Fogelman Executive Center and Holiday Inn Ballroom
The Delta—Everything Southern!
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.
At the moment there are no events scheduled for July.