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Event Calendar

August 2014 | September 2014 | October 2014

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


August 2014


23 August 2014
2:45 pm-3:15 pm — Orientation for new graduate assistants
3:15 pm-3:45 pm — Orientation for new graduate students
3:45-4 pm — Question-and-answer session for graduate students
4-5 pm — Reception for new graduate students
Alumni Center, 635 Normal Street

Alumni Center map


29 August 2014
12:30-1:15 pm
147 Mitchell Hall
Ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception for the History Educational Resources Center

HERC mural

There will be drinks and fancy snacks.


29 August 2014
1:30-2:30 pm
223 Mitchell Hall
Regularly scheduled meeting of Department of History faculty


September 2014


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

Coriana Close

Coriana Close, assistant professor of art at The University of Memphis will make a presentation on “The Abandoned Cemeteries of Southwest Memphis.”

Ms Close has a BA in cinema studies with honors in studio art from Oberlin College and a MFA in photography from the University of Arizona. She has exhibited and lectured in universities and galleries across the United States. Her work has been noted in publications including the Philadelphia Inquirer, Athens News, the Chronicle Tribune, the Republican-American, and the Commercial Appeal.

There is a series of photographs of the abandoned ceremeteries on her website at!still-images/photostackergallery14=0


18-20 September 2014
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
2014 Mid-America Conference on History

Conference logoThe 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).


October 2014


6 October 2014
7 pm
Wunderlich Auditorium, Memphis University School, 6191 Park Avenue
Meeting of West Tennessee Historical Society

Dr David H. Dye will make a presentation on “The Early Inhabitants of the Mid-South Area, 800 AD-1600 AD.”

Dr Dye is an associate professor and faculty advisor to undergraduate archaeology majors in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Memphis and serves on the Tennessee Archaeological Advisory Council. He holds a PhD in Gulf formational cultures in the western Tennessee valley from Washington University in St. Louis.


16-18 October 2014
Morgan University Center, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN
30th Annual Ohio Valley History Conference

Sponsored by Austin Peay’s Department of History and Philosophy. The conference topics include a broad range of subjects including regional, American and non-American topics, interdisciplinary panels and round tables. Phi Alpha Theta and the Society for Military History also will sponsor panels.

Submission of complete panels is encouraged, but individual papers are accepted. Abstracts for papers should be approximately 200 words, typed and single-spaced. Both paper presenters and commentators should upload a CV to the OVHC webpage. The abstract and CV should be received no later than 30 June 2014. 

Full information about the conference, including forms for proposing panels and papers, hotel facilities (block rate available until 16 September 2014), and registration, is available on the OVHC webpage.

Address all inquires and abstracts to:
Dr Sheena Harris, Coordinator, OVHC
Department of History and Philosophy
Box 4486
Austin Peay State University
Clarksville, TN 37044

Telephone: 931.221.7920
Fax : 931.221.7917

(Dr Harris is a graduate of our doctoral program. She received her PhD in 2012. She wrote her dissertation, “A Female Reformer in the Age of Booker T. Washington: The Life and Times of Margaret Murray Washington,” with Dr Beverly Bond as major professor. She is now an assistant professor in the Department of History and Philosophy at Austin Peay.)




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