The Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities
announces Fall 2012 Calendar
This fall, the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities at The University of Memphis
presents five engaging events, all free and open to the public. MOCH is dedicated
to bringing together students, graduates, faculty, and the broader Memphis community
for events that promote richer, deeper conversations about the issues that matter
to us all.
All MOCH events have a reception at 6:00 p.m. and a lecture at 6:30, with a booksigning
to follow. Unless otherwise noted, the events take place in the University Center
Theater at the University of Memphis. For more information please visit www.memphis.edu/moch or contact Dr. Aram Goudsouzian at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901-678-2520.
- On Thursday, September 13, Kristen Iversen, Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Memphis, discusses
her blockbuster new book, Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky
Flats. This event will be at the IMAX Theatre at the Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central
- On Thursday, September 27, Karlyn Campbell, Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota, delivers a timely
lecture called "Partisanship and the Presidency," tracing the historical growth of
executive power through American military engagements. She also looks at how these
issues are influencing the 2012 presidential candidates.
- On Thursday, October 18, Katherine Bassard, Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, speaks about her latest
book, Transforming Scriptures: African American Women Writers and the Bible. She examines
how the Bible initially inscribed black women as "cursed" victims, and how black female
writers have recast the Bible into an instrument of "blessing."
- On Thursday, November 1, Deborah Gray White, Board of Governors Professor of History and Women's Studies at Rutgers University,
delivers a talk entitled, "Brown Sugar Melts: African American Women at the Turn of
the Millennium." Analyzing such public events as the Million Man March, she explores
the opinions and feelings of ordinary black women about such topics as marriage, family,
gun control, and men.
- On Wednesday, November 14, Valerie Hudson, the George H.W. Bush Chair at The Bush School of Government and Public Service at
Texas A&M University, speaks about "Sex and World Peace." She argues that the very
best predictor of a state's peacefulness is not its level of wealth, its level of
democracy, or its ethno-religious identity; the best predictor of state security is
its treatment of women.