For release: November 1, 2010
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
The University of Memphis will host its 12thAnnual Graduate Conference in African-American History on Thursday and Friday, Nov.
11 and 12. The conference will feature graduate students from across the United States
and the world in a series of panel discussions presenting their groundbreaking research.
Dr. Leon Litwack
Dr. Leon Litwack, professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, will
give the keynote address Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. His
talk is “Stormy Monday: African Americans and Race Reflections from the Civil War
to the Present.” A reception and book signing will follow Litwak’s lecture.
Litwack’s address and all panel discussion are free and open to the public.
Panels will be held in various rooms on the third floor of the University Center.
The Nov. 11 panels and times are:
8:45-10:15 a.m., “Looking to Freedom: African Americans and the Creation of Communities and Identities,
1800-1860” and “Politics and the Modern Black Atlantic,”
10:30-noon, “The Culture of Slavery” and “Politics and Performance,”
1:15-2:45 p.m., “Geographical and Cultural Borderlands” and “Race and Public Space,” and
3-4:45 p.m., “Freedom in the Age of Slavery” and “Race and Rights in Black and White.”
The Nov. 12 panels and times are:
8:30-10 a.m., “Teaching African American History” and “Black Politics in the Early Twentieth Century,”
10:15-noon, “Perspectives on Slavery and the Slave Trade” and “Re-Conceptualizing the Civil Rights Movement,”
1:30-2:30 p.m., “Transnational Black Identities” and “The Media and Black Equality,”
2:45-4:15 p.m., “The Black Power Movement in Memphis” and “Modern Black Politics,” and
4:30-5:30 p.m., “Religion, Society and Black Freedom,” and “Gender, Race and Society.”
On Nov. 12 there also will be a roundtable discussion on professional development
presented by young professors from such colleges as the University of Mississippi,
Rhodes College, and Vanderbilt University, as well as a free pizza lunch for all participants
The conference is presented by the Graduate Association for African-American History,
the Department of History, African and African-American Studies, the Benjamin L. Hooks
Institute for Social Change and the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities.
Paid parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage adjacent to the UC.
For more information, contact Dr. Aram Goudsouzian at 901-678-3383.