Amanda Lee Savage

Amanda Lee Savage

Instructor/Undergraduate Advisor

145 Mitchell Hall
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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

Teaching and Advising Presentations, Panels, and Talks

 "Decolonizing Your Syllabus" Tennessee Meeting for the National Association for Multicultural Education, Cookeville, TN, July 2019

"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

Community Engagement

Cultural Humility Task Force Lunch and Learn for Church Health Center, November 2019

Territorial Acknowledgement for the City of Memphis, co-authored with the Chickasaw Nation

"Lessons on Land Acknowledgement" invited guest speaker for Memphis Performing Arts Summit: Cultivating Equity, hosted by the Memphis Performing Arts Coalition, April 2019

"But What Are We Thankful For? A History of Thanksgiving from an Indigenous Perspective" with Zyanya Cruz, Community Speaker Series at Calvary Episcopal Church, Memphis, TN, Nov 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

University Administration/Service

University: SafeZone Trainer; Academic Advising Network Executive Committee; Teaching and Learning Advisory Committee; co-founder of Tiger Pantry;  Food Insecurities Committee; Dr. Rosie Phillips Bingham Student Emergency Fund Committee; Tiger Learning Community Committee; Accessibility Committee (advisory committee regarding accessibility on campus)

DepartmentStudent History Society (and MACH) faculty advisor, History Online Degree Program coordinator; Online Committee; Teaching and Mentoring Committee; department webmaster; social media coordinator 

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 incorporates indigenous epistemologies, recognizes the legitimacy of sources often excluded from the (colonized) archive, and takes form in a way that is useful and productive for indigenous--and immigrant--communities. Decolonizing Memphis: The Intersections of Indigeneity and Immigration is the first of several projects intended for a large, indigenous-led initiate tentatively titled Native RITES (Reclaiming Indigenous Truths, Education, and Sovereignty) that aims to bring together indigenous peoples across the MidSouth for the purposes of fellowship, advocacy, outreach, and education. As part of it's mission, Native RITES will host meetings, create educational programming, and organize cultural events to bring members together, and to create materials that they can share with other indigenous peoples, scholars, activists, and organizers to use for their own decolonizing work. More information can be found here