Some of the events listed here are not sponsored directly by the Department of History,
but they are of interest to historians.
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.
Whether 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.
At this time there are no events scheduled for the remainder of December.
5 January 2014
Wunderlich Auditorium, Memphis University School, 6191 Park Avenue
Meeting of the West Tennessee Historical Society
The 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.
Father Don was the subject of articles by Darrell Uselton in The Best Times on July 30, 2014, and David Waters in the Commercial Appeal on December 3, 2014.
A biography, Spiritual Networking: Father Don Mowery and Youth Service, written by Darrell Uselton and David Yawn was published by FriesenPress in September
11-13 February 2015
16th Annual Graduate Conference in African-American History
The Graduate Association for African-American History has issued a call for proposals for its 16th Annual Graduate Conference in African-American History and has placed
an event listing for the conference on Facebook.
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
Dr 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
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”
Lecture 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
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.
At this time there are no events scheduled for April 2015.
1 May 2015
223 Mitchell Hall
“The Job Market”
Part 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.