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Event Calendar

November 2014 | December 2014 | January 2015 | February 2015 | March 2015 | April 2015 | May 2015

Some of the events listed here are not sponsored directly by the Department of History, but they are of interest to historians.


Continuing Events


Through 26 November 2014
Art Museum of the University of Memphis, 142 College of Communication and Fine Arts Building
“Featured Creatures: Animals in Ancient Egyptian Art”

Cat mummyIn ancient times, the Nile valley supported many different kinds of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, and insects in a complex ecosystem of river and wetlands, fertile valley, and arid mountains enclosed by a rocky desert.

Egyptian farmers kept herds of cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs. Dogs, cats, donkeys, horses, and even monkeys also shared the ancient Egyptians’ lives.

Wild animals filled every corner of river, valley, and desert. The Nile teamed with several species of catfish, Nile perch, and tilapia, as well as crocodile, hippopotami, and birds. The valley was home to species too numerous to mention, from mice to antelope to lions, and even the arid mountains supported ibex, jackals, lizards, and many other species.

This exhibit features two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects representing domesticated and wild animals that populated the world of the ancient Egyptians. Many of these items have never been exhibited previously.


Through 18 January 2015
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Avenue
“Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt”

For over a hundred years, scholars have known of the millions of ancient animal mummies—carefully preserved ibises, jackals, crocodiles, baboons, shrews, and other creatures—buried in the desert near Memphis, Egypt. Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt is, however, the first major exhibition to focus on this fascinating and mysterious aspect of ancient Egyptian culture and religion. Drawn from the renowned collection of the Brooklyn Museum, the exhibition features 69 works of Egyptian art related to the ceremonial use of animal mummification and 30 animal mummies.

Cat coffinWhether beloved pets, vital sources of nutrition, sacrificial offerings, or divine messengers, animals were central to the ancient Egyptian worldview. Most had connections to particular deities, such as the jackal god Anubis, who protected the dead, or the fearsome serpent goddess Wadjet, patron of both the royal house and women in childbirth. Soulful Creatures features several exquisite sculptures depicting these interwoven relationships. Unusually for an ancient culture, Egyptians believed animals were not only created by the gods, but that they possessed eternal souls. After death, their mummies served a variety of religious purposes, ranging from offerings of gratitude to supernatural messengers.  

Soulful Creatures explores several provocative theories about ancient Egypt’s obsession with animal mummification. It also offers dynamic presentations of its origins, techniques, and associated rituals, as well as the crucial role the practice played in Egyptian royal and religious life. The exhibition likewise investigates animal mummies through scientific examination, including CAT scans and x-radiography, revealing intriguing information about the methods used to create animal mummies. Combining archaeology, history, and modern medical imaging, Soulful Creatures presents a fresh, exciting view of art and culture in ancient Egypt. 


 November 2014


No events are scheduled at this time for the remainder of November. 


December 2014


1 December 2014
7 pm
Wunderlich Auditorium, Memphis University School, 6191 Park Avenue
Meeting of the West Tennessee Historical Society

West Tennessee Historical Society sealThe meeting will feature the University of Memphis' Freshman Honors class, led by Dr Pam Dennis. The course, “Surviving the Research Blues: A Historical Approach,” is an interdisciplinary course designed to hone students' research skills by using local history as a focal point.  Students learn about the Delta region while conducting their research using a variety of sources, from Google searching of scanned historical documents to physical primary documents. This year's topics have been related to rights (immigrant, children, the disabled, etc.) and their effect on the local area.  The students will present their findings at this meeting.


3 December 2014
7 pm
257 Art and Communication Building
“‘Every Man Were a Man’: African-American Soldier-Artists Paint World War I”

Celeste-Marie BernierLecture by Dr Celeste-Marie Bernier in commemoration of the centennial of World War I and in honor of the African-American soldiers who fought in it. The lecture is inspired by Bernier’s new book, Suffering and Sunset: World War I in the Art and Life of Horace Pippin, which will be published in June 2015 by Temple University Press.

Dr Bernier is the 2014-2015 Dorothy Kaiser Hohenberg Chair of Excellence in Art History at the University of Memphis. She is a professor of African-American Studies at the University of Nottingham, England, and associate editor of the Journal of American Studies. She is also the author of African-American Visual Arts: From Slavery to the Present and Characters of Blood: Black Heroism in the Transatlantic Imagination.


January 2015


5 January 2014
7 pm
Wunderlich Auditorium, Memphis University School, 6191 Park Avenue
Meeting of the West Tennessee Historical Society

Father Don MoweryThe Reverend Donald Edgar Mowery (“Father Don Mowery”), Episcopal priest, will tell the story of Youth Service in Memphis, Inc. and Youth Service, USA, social service agencies that he has led for decades.







February 2015


11-13 February 2015
16th Annual Graduate Conference in African-American History

Dr Eddie GlaudeThe Graduate Association for African-American History has issued a call for proposals for its 16th Annual Graduate Conference in African-American History.

This year’s conference will feature a keynote address by Dr Eddie S. Glaude, William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies in the Department of Religion, and Chair, Center for African American Studies, at Princeton University.  His books include In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America and Exodus!: Religion, Race, and Nation in Early 19th Century Black America.


12 February 2015
Time and place to be determined
Lecture by Dr Daniel Maitlin

Book coverDr Daniel Maitlin was a co-winner of the Hooks Institute National Book Award for On the Corner: African-American Intellectuals and the Urban Crisis. He is a lecturer in the history of the United States of America since 1865 in King’s College London.







March 2015


26 March 2015
5:30 pm — reception
6 pm — lecture
University Center Theater
“To Gain Title to Our Bodies: Black Women and the Long Civil Rights Movement”

Dr Danielle McGuireLecture by Dr Danielle McGuire, assistant professor of history at Wayne State University.

Dr McGuire’s book At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance—a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power was published by Knopf in 2010 and issued as a Vintage paperback in 2011. Her current book project will investigate the ways in which ordinary people experienced the 1967 Detroit racial uprising.  

This is the Belle McWilliams Lecture in U.S. history for 2014-2015, sponsored by the Department of History. It is also an event of the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Women, African and African American Studies, and the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change.


April 2015


No events are scheduled at this time.


May 2015


1 May 2015
12:30 pm
223 Mitchell Hall
“The Job Market”

ToolboxPart of a series of professionalization workshops for MA and PhD students. This session is for PhD students. It will be led by Dr Andrew Daily.

This is the last workshop in the series for the current academic year.





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