All the free public lectures in connection with the exhibit have already been delivered.
Exhibition sponsored by University Libraries and Friends of the University Libraries.
18 April 2014
Location to be announced
Discussion with Dr Andrew Zimmerman
Dr Andrew Zimmerman, who lectured on the international implications of the American
Civil War on 17 April, will meet with graduate students and faculty to discuss his
article, “A German Alabama in Africa: The Tuskegee Expedition to German Togo and the
Transnational Origins of West African Cotton Growers” (American Historical Review 110:5 (2005)). The article works as an introduction to his book Alabama in Africa: Booker T. Washington, the German Empire, and the Globalization
of the New South, and demonstrates his cutting-edge use of transnational frames and social and cultural
theory to write colonial histories.
Pizza and drinks will be provided.
19 April 2014
10 am-2 pm
Art Museum of the University of Memphis (142 Communication and Fine Arts Building,
3750 Norriswood Avenue)
Ancient Egypt Family Day
Write your name in hieroglyphs, color a mask while learning about ancient Egyptian
gods, make your own copy of an ancient Egyptian amulet, and much more.
See real ancient Egyptian artifacts in the Egyptian Gallery and meet students and
Egyptologists of the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology. Guided tours of the
Egyptian collection will be offered.
Sign up for our School for Scribes, an intensive, hour-long session where you will
learn more about ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. Class size in the School for Scribes
is limited, so please call 901.678.2649 to reserve your place. Scribes must be 10
years of age or older. Adults are welcome.
For information or to make group reservations, call 901.678.2649.
Download a printable color copy of the Family Day 2014 poster for the event (jpg image file).
24 April 2014
Christian Brothers University Theater, 650 E. Parkway South
Community Conversation with Douglas A. Blackmon
Journalist Douglas A. Blackmon won the Pulitzer Prize in general non-fiction in 2009
for his book Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War
to World War II. A documentary film based on the book, Slavery by Another Name, was aired in 2012 on PBS stations. It can be viewed in its entirety on the PBS website.
Mr Blackmon began as a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat and as the managing editor of the Daily Record, both in Little Rock. He later worked as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Since 1995 he has worked for The Wall Street Journal and in 2012 became chief of its Atlanta bureau.
Seating is limited. To respond, please visit facinghistory.org/communityconversations or call 901.452.1776, extension 221. The lecture is sponsored by Facing History and
Ourselves, and The Allstate Foundation, as part of a national series of Community
25 April 2014
203 Mitchell Hall
Prospectuses for dissertations
PhD candidates who are planning to present should notify the Graduate Coordinator,
Dr James Blythe, of their intentions as soon as they are certain they are ready to
present, and remember to send him an invitation for the department to attend, with
the prospectus attached, one week or more before the session so they can be forwarded
to the department. In order to present, candidates must have their committee chair
send Dr Blythe an e-mail stating that the committee approves the prospectus.
Candidates must observe the guidelines for the prospectus in the Guide for Graduate Students.
27 April 2014
Hillwood Hall at Davies Manor, 3570 Davieshire Drive, Bartlett
Shelby County History Festival
Over 25 historically-oriented organizations will be present for visitors to view historical
artifacts, purchase membership in the organizations, buy history books and other historically
relevant materials, and learn about opportunities to become involved.
Admission to the festival is free. Lunch and snacks will be available for purchase.
Within walking distance of the festival, on the grounds of Davies Manor, is an 1860
Living History event, “Tennessee on the Brink,” about late April to early May 1861,
when Tennessee would consider the question of secession from the Union. Admission
to this event is $8; students with ID, $5; children under 6 free.
The festival is sponsored by the Davies Manor Association, Shelby County Historian,
Shelby County Historical Commission, and N.B. Forrest Camp 215 of Sons of Confederate
For more information, download a poster for the festival as an image file.
1 May 2014
Lobby of Mitchell Hall
Retirement reception for Jim Blythe and Peggy Caffrey
The beginning time is approximate — the reception will begin after the faculty meeting.
There will be desserts and coffee. Those who attend are asked to bring their favorite
stories and photographs of the honorees.
1-3 May 2014
Various sites in Germantown
Tennessee Preservation Trust conference
The Tennessee Preservation Trust is the state’s only Statewide Partner of the National
Trust for Historic Preservation. It is a membership-based organization that focuses
on promoting preservation across Tennessee through education and advocacy. It supports
individuals and communities across Tennessee who want to protect, restore, and promote
their historic and cultural resources.
Headquartered in Nashville, its annual conference travels around the state and showcases
the historic character of a different community each year.
For more information about the conference, visit the Web page for the event.
5 May 2014
Wunderlich Auditorium, Memphis University School, 6191 Park Avenue
Meeting of the West Tennessee Historical Society
John “JJ” Guinozzo and Jimmy Ogle will present more than fifty-years of Memphis baseball
history. Mr Guinozzo has been the official scorer for the Memphis Redbirds and previous
professional baseball teams here since 1971 and has compiled and annually updated
his “Memphis Baseball Encyclopedia."
5 June 2014
8:30 am-4 pm
Fogelman Executive Center and Holiday Inn Ballroom
The Delta—Everything Southern!
The Delta conference, now in its ninth year, is an annual, day-long celebration of
the history, culture, and life of the Delta region of the nation. Unlike other purely
scholarly programs, this program is for a general audience and includes entertaining
as well as informative presentations. The program continues its tradition of excellence
by bringing a wide variety of scholars and experts, many of whom are from the Delta.
This conference is sponsored by University Libraries with the support of the Friends
of the University Libraries at The University of Memphis.
A list of presenters and events will be posted later. For more information, visit
the Web site for the event or its Facebook page, or contact Anna Swearengen, 901.678.2744, or Jennifer Schnabel, 901.678.8210.
At the moment there are no events scheduled for July.
6 August 2014
Hillwood Hall at Davies Manor, 3570 Davieshire Drive, Bartlett
Shelby County History Awards Dinner
18-20 September 2014
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
2014 Mid-America Conference on History
The conference, sponsored by the Department of History at the University of Arkansas-Fort
Smith, has issued a call for proposals on papers and panel sessions:
- Proposals for both papers and panel sessions in all fields of history will be considered
- Graduate students are encouraged to participate
- Proposals for papers or panels should include an abstract of not more than 200 words
and be accompanied by a short C.V.
- Conference attendees who would like to serve as a session chair or commenter are encouraged
to respond to this call as well
- Deadline for submitting proposals is 15 May 2014
Please submit proposals electronically as Microsoft Word or PDF files to
Send all other conference-related questions to the same.
The keynote speaker will be Dr H. W. Brands, of the University of Texas at Austin,
where he holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History.
Full information about the conference, including an introduction, call for papers,
registration form, Fort Smith hotel accommodations, contacts at the University of
Arkansas-Fort Smith, and guest speakers may be found in a Welcome Kit (pdf).