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Event Calendar

October 2014 | November 2014 | December 2014

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. 


October 2014


24 October 2014
6 pm — reception
7 pm — lecture
Fountain View Suite (350), University Center
Archaeology of Imperial Borderlands: A View from Roman Egypt and Sudan”

Dr Anna BoozerLecture by Dr Anna Boozer, assistant professor of Roman Mediterranean archaeology at Baruch College, City University of New York. She will present her current work on the excavation of the Roman city of Amheida in Egypt’s Dakhieh Oasis.

The lecture is sponsored by the Egyptology Graduate Student Association. For more information, contact the EGSA at 


28 October 2014
7 pm
Jean Pittman Recital Hall of Aven Hall, Mississippi College, Clinton, MS
Lecture on the environmental legacy of World War I

New York Times front pageLecture by Dr Tait Keller, assistant professor of history and director of the Environmental Studies and Sciences Program at Rhodes College.

This is the fourth in a series of lectures on the war, sponsored by the Mississippi College School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the MC Honors Program. The next event in the series will a concert on 11 November.

For additional information, contact Dr Steven Patterson at 601.925.3469 or



29 October 2014
12:30-1:30 pm
456 Patterson Hall
“Your Cheating Heart: Adultery in the Age of Feminism and the New Right”

PosterLecture by Dr Sarah Potter, associate professor of history, in the Humanities Brown Bag Series of the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities.

Dr Potter describes her lecture:

My current book project examines the emergence of a strong public interest in adultery during the culture wars of the late twentieth century. Affairs that would have once been overlooked, such as those of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, now turn into the media circus faced by everyone from Bill Clinton to Mark Sanford to David Petraeus. By examining the ways feminists, conservatives, religious authorities, magazines, and even TV news talked about adultery during the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, Your Cheating Heart seeks to understand this change in our ideas about adultery in the context of the country’s rapidly shifting political climate.


30 October 2014
5 pm — Reception
6 pm — Lecture
Room 300, University Center
“How It Feels to be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement”

Book coverLecture by Dr Ruth Feldstein, co-winner of the Hooks Institute National Book Award, based on her book about such entertainers as Lena Horne, Miriam Makeba, Nina Simone, Abbey Lincoln, Diahann Carroll, and Cicely Tyson.

Dr Feldstein is an associate professor of history at Rutgers University, Newark. She is the author of Motherhood in Black and White: Race and Sex in American Liberalism, 1930-1965.

The lecture is sponsored by the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change and co-sponsored by the Department of History, the Department of Sociology, the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, and the Center for the Study of Women.

Dr Daniel Matlin, author of On the Corner: African American Intellectuals and the Urban Crisis, the other co-winner of the book award, will deliver a lecture on 12 February 2015; the time and location are yet to be determined.


31 October 2014
12:30-1:30 pm
223 Mitchell Hall
Teaching Tactics Brown Bag

There will be an informal discussion of teaching writing in history courses.


 November 2014


1 November 2014
11:30 am
Halls, Tennessee
Meeting of the West Tennessee Historical Society

Veterans Museum displayMurray Hudson's shopTraditionally the West Tennessee Historical Society holds its November meeting outside of Shelby County. This year the meeting will be in Lauderdale County to explore two locations: Murray Hudson’s Antiquarian Books, Maps, Prints, & Globes at 109 South Church Street and The Veterans’ Museum at 100 Veterans’ Drive, both in Halls, Tennessee.  

Members will gather at Murray Hudson’s shop at 11:30 am, take a lunch break at 12:30 pm, and reconvene at The Veterans Museum at 2 pm.


6 November 2014
5:30 pm — Reception
6 pm — Lecture
River Room of the University Center
“Smugglers, Pirates, and States: History and Political Economy in ‘Glocal’ Perspective”

Lecture by Dr Alan Karras, associate director of the International and Area Studies Academic Program, University of California-Berkeley. He teaches world history, classical political economy, Caribbean history, and the history of transnational crime.

Dr Alan KarrasHis research interests are in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world, and global interactions more broadly, especially as they relate to transnational transgressions like smuggling, fraud, and corruption. He is the author of Smuggling: Corruption and Contraband in World History (2010) and Sojourners in the Sun: Scots Migrants in Jamaica and the Chesapeake, 1740-1800 (1993).

This is the Sesquicentennial Lecture of the Department of History for 2014-2015. It is also an event of the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, co-sponsored by the International Studies program and the Department of Political Science.


11 November 2014
5:30-7 pm
McWherter Library
Lecture and Exhibition: “War, Peace, History, and Memory: Military Service in the American Experience”

Veterans Day bannerDr Mark Danley will present “War, Peace, History, and Memory: Military Service in the American Experience” in connection with the University Libraries’ exhibition, “From Active Duty to Veteran: Honoring Military Service in America.”

For more information, call 901.678.8210 or contact Jennifer Schnabel, assistant professor, assistant to the dean for community engagement, at

For a complete list of university events for Veterans’ Day, visit the website for the events.


11 November 2014
7 pm
Jean Pittman Recital Hall of Aven Hall, Mississippi College, Clinton, MS
Concert featuring music and poetry of World War I

New York Times front pageThis is the final event in a series on the war, sponsored by the Mississippi College School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the MC Honors Program.

For additional information, contact Dr Steven Patterson at 601.925.3469 or





12 November 2014
12:30-1:30 pm
241 Jones Hall
“Vernacular Poetics of Metaphor: Middle English and the Corporate Subject”

PosterLecture by Dr Christina Maria Cervone, assistant professor of English, in the Humanities Brown Bag Series of the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities.

Dr Cervone describes her lecture:

How do we recognize an “other sense” that springs to life from metaphor? Is metaphor fundamental to thought? Medieval practice, like current theory, suggests perhaps so.

This book applies cognitive theory to medieval texts while highlighting medieval
linguistic innovation. In the late 14th century, when English writers increasingly
selected Middle English (rather than Anglo-French or Latin) for their philosophical and theological thought experiments, metaphor was an important element in—perhaps even fundamental to—the English vernacular’s emerging qualities.


13 November 2014
6 pm
Blount Auditorium, Buckman Hall, Rhodes College
“Between Terror and Democracy”

Dr James D. Le SueurDr James D. Le Sueur will discuss the upheaval that occurred in Algeria in the early 1990s, when Islamic reformers were democratically elected for the first time in the Middle East, only to be confronted by the Algerian military, plunging the country into a decade-long civil war. In his talk, he will examine what went wrong and discuss Algeria’s controversial experiments to achieve reconciliation with militant Islamists.

Dr Le Sueur is professor of history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The lecture is in the series Communities in Conversation.


20 November 2014
12:30-1:30 pm
213 Clement Hall
“Hamlet Speaks German: Shakespeare Reception and Theatre in German-Speaking Counties in the 18th Century”


Lecture by Dr Monika Nenon, professor of German, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, in the Humanities Brown Bag Series of the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities.

Dr Nenon describes her lecture:

In this presentation, I will focus on the reception of Hamlet and its effect on the German theatre in the 18th Century by looking at Christoph Martin Wieland’s prose translation and the German adaptions by Franz von Heufeld and Friedrich Ludwig Schröder. I will show that Wieland’s translation had a significant effect not only on Shakespeare reception in general, but also on the reform of the theatre repertoire and acting styles in the Eighteenth Century.



21 November 2014
12:30 pm
223 Mitchell Hall
“Preparing for Comprehensive Exams”

Tool boxPart of a series of professionalization workshops for MA and PhD students. This session is for both MA and PhD students. It will be led by Drs Andy Daily and Sarah Potter.

Most of the workshops for the Spring 2015 semester have not been scheduled for definite dates yet. They will be held in early February, early March, early April, and on 1 May 2015.


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.


January 2015


No events are scheduled at this time.


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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