Spring 2014 Events
Thursday, March 20
Free Markets and the Modern Political Scene
Stephen Moore reads today's political environment in light of his advocacy of free-market policies.
Mr. Moore is a member of the editorial board and senior economics writer at the Wall
Street Journal. He was the founder and former president of the Club for Growth, which
raises money for political candidates who favor free-market economic policies. He
has served as president of the Free Enterprise Fund, as a senior economist on the
Congressional Joint Economic Committee, as a budget expert for the Heritage Foundation,
and as a senior economics fellow at the Cato Institute, where he published dozens
of studies on federal and state tax and budget policy. He was a consultant to the
National Economic Commission in 1987 and research director for President Reagan's
Commission on Privatization. He is the author of five books, most recently Bullish
on Bush: How the Ownership Society Is Making America Richer.
His lecture is co-sponsored by Nationwide Financial, Young America's Foundation, the
Department of Economics, the William N. Morris Chair of Excellence, and the Department
of Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate.
Thursday, April 3
Telling Stories: The Art and Craft of Narrative History
Hampton Sides returns to his native Memphis to read from his work and discuss the possibilities
for narrative writing in the digital age. The award-winning author will talk about
his inspirations, his writing process, and his hopes for reinvigorating the narrative
tradition despite the hostility leveled at narrative history by some academic historians.
In the end, he argues, the secret to making people care about their history comes
down to two words: Tell stories.
Mr. Sides is the author of six books, including Ghost Soldiers, a World War II narrative
which sold over a million copies, was translated into a dozen foreign languages, and
was the basis for the 2005 Miramax film The Great Raid. His book Blood and Thunder,
about the life and times of controversial frontiersman Kit Carson, was named one of
the 10 Best Books of 2006 by Time magazine. He is an editor-at-large for Outside Magazine
and has written for such periodicals as National Geographic, The New Yorker, Esquire,
Preservation, and Men's Journal. His work has been twice nominated for National Magazine
Awards for feature writing.
He visits Memphis on the eve of the forty-sixth anniversary of the assassination of
Martin Luther King, a particularly appropriate date given his latest book: Hellhound
on His Trail, a riveting account of the assassination and the international manhunt
for James Earl Ray. The New York Times bestseller, in the words of critic Janet Maslin,
is "spellbinding...bold, dynamic, unusually vivid."
His lecture is co-sponsored by the River City Writers Series, the Department of History,
and the Department of Journalism.
Thursday, April 17
Radical Life on the Mississippi: A Global History of the American Civil War
Andrew Zimmerman suggests just how international our national history is. He focuses on the Civil
War – the most American of international revolutions. European, Caribbean, Latin American,
and African histories influenced, and were influenced by, the war over slavery in
the United States.
Dr. Zimmerman highlights the international currents at work in the states around the
Mississippi River during the Civil War. When war came to this region in 1861, the
struggle between secession and union was joined by revolutionary socialist émigrés
from Europe, African American rebels against slavery, and evangelical anti-slavery
fighters from "Bleeding Kansas." These groups helped create a winning "war-by-emancipation"
strategy for the Union Army by building on international experiences of armed struggle
against slavery, against aristocracy, against capitalism, and for a wide range of
secular and religious ideas of a just society. At the same time, some slaveholders
sought to be as international in their defense of slavery as these opponents, and
looked to the top-down, conservative socialisms of Napoleon III in France and Robert
Owen in Britain, as well as to their own Caribbean and Latin American slaveholding
counterparts, to modernize the ideologies and institutions of slavery.
Dr. Zimmerman is Professor of History at the George Washington University. He is the
author of Anthropology and Antihumanism in Imperial Germany and Alabama in Africa:
Booker T. Washington, the German Empire, and the Globalization of the New South.
His address is co-sponsored by the interdisciplinary student group Transcending Boundaries.