Amanda Lee Savage

Amanda Lee Savage

Instructor/Undergraduate Advisor

Phone
901.678.1677
Email
aksavage@memphis.edu
Fax
901.678.2720
Office
145 Mitchell Hall
Office Hours
Call for Hours

Education

M.A., History, The College of William and Mary, 2011

Fields of interest

Early American history, Native American history, Pacific World

Courses taught

History of Technology in America; US Diplomatic History; North American First Peoples; US History to 1877; US History after 1877

Academic Presentations, Panels, and Talks

"But What Are We Thankful For? Decolonizing Thanksgiving During Native American Heritage Month" Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN, Nov 2018

"Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears," closing ceremony for the Hermitage's pop up exhibit celebrating Andrew Jackson's 250th birthday, Pink Palace Museum Discovery Theater, Memphis TN, May 2018

"Exploring Native American History" Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Native American Heritage Month Celebration, Memphis District Office, Nov 2017

"The Myth of Columbus and the History of Thanksgiving," Honors College, Memphis TN, Nov 2017

Teaching and Advising Presentations, Panels, and Talks

"Grassroots Leadership: Creating Professional Communities from the Bottom Up," with K. Thurmond, MIMSAC, Memphis, TN, May 2018

"The Impact of the Executive Order on Immigration" panel with R. Laumann, C. Nunez. Critical Conversations, Memphis, TN, Feb 2017

"Designing Accessible Learning" panel with Murchison, J., Parris, M., Schaffer, S. Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, Memphis TN, November 2015

"Historical Literacy in the Online Learning Environment" Poster Presentation for the National Center for Academic Transformation, Memphis TN, October 2013

Administration/Service

Academic Advising Network Executive Committee; Teaching and Learning Advisory Committee; Coordinator, History Online Degree Program; Academic Advisor; Tiger Pantry;  Food Insecurities Committee; Critical Conversations Committee; Tiger Learning Community Committee; Faculty Advisor, Student History Society 

Honors and Awards

Women's History Month Outstanding Faculty Member, 2018
College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Award for Advising Excellence, 2017

Current Projects

My next project is an attempt to understand and use the digital humanities to create decolonized narrative about the history of Memphis, TN. A "decolonized narrative" is not one that simply adds diversity to already existing accounts (aka an "indigenous spin" on the "conventional story") but rather centers indigenous and immigrant histories instead of settler-colonist versions of the past to displace that convention. It recognizes the legitimacy of non-Western sources often excluded from the (colonized) archive, and is produced using multiple forms of knowledge from indigenous and immigrant communities. Decolonizing Memphis: The Intersections of Indigeneity and Immigration is the first of several projects intended for a large, indigenous-led digital collective tentatively titled The Mid-South Indigenous Alliance that scholars, activists, and organizers can use for their own decolonizing work. More information can be found here