For release: March 11, 2013
For press information, contact Dr. Aram Goudsouzian, 901-678-2520
Dr. Marshall Poe
Dr. Marshall Poe, associate professor of history at the University of Iowa, will deliver
a new understanding of how the Internet is shaping our world, and he does it by starting
at the dawn of human history. Poe will discuss “From Grunts to Tweets: Communication
and History” on Thursday, March 21, in the University Center Theatre at the University
of Memphis. A reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the lecture at 6:30.
Presented by the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, the event is free and open
to the public. Parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage adjacent to the University
In his recent book A History of Communications, Poe explains the origins and impact of different forms of communication: speech,
writing, print, electronic devices and the Internet. He argues that new types of media
are pulled into widespread use by broad historical trends, and then these media push
social institutions and beliefs in predictable directions. This view allows us to
see for the first time what is truly new about the Internet, what is not, and where
it is taking us.
Poe is a former writer and editor for The Atlantic Monthly and a scholar of Russian history. His many books include The Russian Moment in World History. He has been a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, the Harriman Institute,
and the Kennan Institute. He is best known, however, as the founder and editor of
the website “New Books in History,” which brings interviews with historians to popular
Poe’s address is the Sesquicentennial Lecture in History and is further made possible
by Public Service Funds.
More information about this event or the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities is
available online at www.memphis.edu/moch, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone from Dr. Aram Goudsouzian at 901-678-2520.