Memphis Historians

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Eight Recommended Books by Women to Understand Black History - Ms. Magazine 02/01/2024

Congratulations to Professor Cookie Woolner! Her new book is among eight works by women recommended by Ms. as “some of the most vital books to read during Black History Month.”

Eight Recommended Books by Women to Understand Black History - Ms. Magazine Recommended book and readings written by women that shed light on Black history and the Black experience in the U.S.

Southern Graces 01/04/2024

Congratulations to Ann Mulhearn (PhD, 2012) on the publication of her book Social Justice from Outside the Walls: Catholic Women in Memphis, 1950-1970 (Lexington Books, 2023)!

Professor Aram Goudsouzian interviews Dr. Mulhearn, a lecturer at Middle Tennessee State University, on Chapter 16: https://chapter16.org/southern-graces/?fbclid=IwAR1M_86CjUqFmMbBuigGrucR6Tn7dFjbW0s_RJ-ASUt1H4Xgn1A__OErXU8

Southern Graces “We can’t throw a nun out on the street!” exclaimed Henry Loeb, the mayor of Memphis. It was April 5, 1968, one day after the assassination of Rev. Marti…

Explorer #26: Ramesses II "the Great" & 19th Dynasty of Ancient Egypt w/ Peter Brand 01/04/2024

Dr. Peter Brand has been recently featured in two podcast interviews about his new book and about the pharaohs Sety I and Ramesses II:

https://www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com/interview-sety-i-builder-warrior-father/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjDqxz-wSew

Explorer #26: Ramesses II "the Great" & 19th Dynasty of Ancient Egypt w/ Peter Brand Dr. Peter Brand is an ancient historian and Egyptologist specializing in history and culture of ancient Egypt during its imperial age (ca. 1550–1100 BCE). He...

11/09/2023

REMINDER - Today in the UC: This year's Department of History Sesquicentennial Lecture will be presented by Dr. Fallou Ngom from Boston University on "Beyond Oral Sources: Ajami Manuscripts as New Mines of African Knowledge". The lecture will be held Thursday, November 9 2023, at the Maxine A. Smith University Center's Shelby Room (UC 342) from 5:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public and is jointly sponsored by the History Department and the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities.

11/03/2023

Our sincere thanks go out to Mr. Jack Cohen and his daughter Ms. Sarah Beth Cohen-Wilcox for visiting our department and sharing his story with our students!

11/01/2023

REMINDER: The History Department invites you to an upcoming Presentation and Conversation by Jack Cohen on "Surviving the Holocaust in Greece", to be held on November 2nd 2023 (Thursday) in the Mitchell Hall Auditorium at 3:00 pm.

10/27/2023

Dr. Suzanne Onstine will be presenting her research a the UofM's NEDtalks about "The Nile River and Human Interactions: Scientific and Humanities-Based Investigations" on Wednesday Nov. 1st, 2023, at the Ned R. McWherter Library. Attached is the flyer for details.

10/26/2023

Today Dr. Dennis Laumann delivered a talk on "Yuri Smertin's Kwame Nkrumah and the Global Significance of International Publishers", at the International Publishers @ 100 Symposium at the New York University Bobst Library.

10/20/2023

Join us on Thursday, Oct. 26 2023, in Mitchell Hall 200/Auditorium for a lecture by Laura Hutchinson Bhatti, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Metal Museum, about "Heavy Metal History: The Metal Museum and Practicing History." Pizza will be served!

10/16/2023

Dr. Jacquelyn Williamson will be presenting a lecture on her work on Nefertiti and her Sun Temple at Tell el-Amarna. Come see her on October 26 2023, Thursday from 7:00 pm in the UC's Fountain view room. A reception will be held prior to the lecture at 6:15 pm.

10/13/2023

This year's Department of History Sesquicentennial Lecture will be presented by Dr. Fallou Ngom from Boston University on "Beyond Oral Sources: Ajami Manuscripts as New Mines of African Knowledge". The lecture will be held Thursday, November 9 2023, at the Maxine A. Smith University Center's Shelby Room (UC 342) from 5:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public and is jointly sponsored by the History Department and the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities.

10/05/2023

Today (October 5th 2023) Dr. Cookie Woolner will be discussing her latest book at Lambuth Campus which is hosting LGBTQ History Month. Join her in the Wisdom Parlor in the Varnell Jones building of Lambuth Campus between 1 and 2 pm.

09/08/2023

Join Novel Memphis as they welcome University of Memphis’s Dr. Cookie Woolner in conversation with Dr. K.T. Ewing on Tuesday, Sept 12th at 6pm to celebrate the launch of Woolner's new book, The Famous Lady Lovers: Black Women & Q***r Desire before Stonewall (UNC Press). There will be a book signing after the talk and Q&A.
Note: Dr. K.T. Ewing earned her Ph.D. in our department in 2014 and is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Gender and Race Studies at the University of Alabama.

For details about the event please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/s/cookie-woolner-with-kt-ewing-t/6124685714275791/

WREG / 07 Sep 2023 / 09:00 AM / News at 9 09/08/2023

Dr. Cookie Woolner was interviewed on "WREG's News at 9" about her new book THE FAMOUS LADY LOVERS: BLACK WOMEN & Q***R DESIRE BEFORE STONEWALL! You can see her interview here:

WREG / 07 Sep 2023 / 09:00 AM / News at 9

Guest Column: Teaching this history is ‘an act of patriotism’ 08/29/2023

Professor Aram Goudsouzian offers his thoughts on teaching history in today’s Daily Memphian:

Guest Column: Teaching this history is ‘an act of patriotism’ “To study history, then, is not to regurgitate a timeline of events, but to engage in a dynamic process of interpretation, with stakes for how we define ourselves," says Aram Goudsouzian.

08/07/2023

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

The memorial service for Robert Frankle has been scheduled for Saturday, August 19th, at 1:30, in the Mansion of the Pink Palace (MOSH). Entrance to the Mansion for the memorial service is from the back of the building (west side). There is parking in the back as well.

Please share this information with anyone who might be interested in attending.

Photos from Memphis Historians's post 07/14/2023

From our department chair Dr. Dan Unowsky:

"It is with great sadness that I announce the 4 July 2023 passing of Professor Robert Frankle. Robert taught at Morehouse College and Evergreen State College before he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He joined our faculty in 1970. Robert retired in 2008, though he continued to teach classes for several more years. Robert leaves our department, our university, and our profession a rich legacy.

Robert was a gifted and inspiring teacher. His dynamic and dramatic classroom style - which included playing historical roles, jumping on desks, moving swiftly from one end of the classroom to the other - engaged generations of students, instilling in them a love of history even as he challenged them to hone their critical thinking skills. Trained as an early modern historian of England, he offered courses on European intellectual history, the Reformation, the Nature of Historical Inquiry and much more. The university recognized Robert’s mastery of the classroom by twice awarding him the Distinguished Teaching Award as well as the Thomas W. Briggs Award for Teaching.

Robert was a truly devoted department and university citizen. He was a major force behind the development of the University of Memphis General Education Program. Robert remained a tireless advocate for a broad and interdisciplinary education throughout his career at U of M. He served as president of the Association of General and Liberal Studies, of the Academic Senate of our university, and of the Memphis chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

On a personal note, Robert was among the faculty members who was most welcoming when my wife and I came to Memphis in 1999. Like so many younger faculty members who came to know Robert, I was greatly influenced by the model of teaching and service that he fully realized. Robert’s influence is still very much present in our department’s focus on excellent teaching, undergraduate education, commitment to the Humanities and interdisciplinary education, and academic service.

Yesterday I spoke with Robert’s wife, Barbara (long-time teacher and administrator at LeMoyne-Owen College, now retired). I shared some of my memories of Robert and sent her our condolences in this difficult time for her family. She wanted me to let you know that an obituary will appear in the next few days in the Commercial Appeal and that there would be a memorial for Robert in late August. We will post about both the obituary and the memorial in the days ahead on this page.

In the Fall 2006 edition of our History Happenings Newsletter, our late colleague, Professor Bob Brown (also a beloved teacher and mentor in our department), wrote “Tribute to an Old Master” about Robert Frankle and his work on our campus:
https://www.memphis.edu/history/newsletter/pdfs/newsletter2006.pdf

Please feel free to share your own memories of Professor Robert Frankle.

Project MUSE - Journal of Sport History-Volume 49, Number 1, Spring 2022 06/08/2023

Congratulations to Professor Aram Goudsouzian!
His article, “House of Cards: Leisure, Freedom, Authority, Revolution and the Diary of Landon Carter,” was named best article published in the Journal of Sports History for 2022!

The journal editors note:
In his examination of leisure and sport in early America, Goudsouzian takes a less explored topic and demonstrates its ability to shed light on the larger conversations that animate this scholarly community. Goudsouzian's work is superb. His writing is outstanding, engaging, and creative. Further, his argument forces a reconceptualization of how we interpret leisure through the perspective of the history makers. Goudsouzian aptly integrates how race created an elevated class status ultimately factoring into expressions of leisure.

The article can be found here in Volume 49, Issue 1: https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/48909

Congratulations again!

Project MUSE - Journal of Sport History-Volume 49, Number 1, Spring 2022 The Journal of Sport History is published three times a year in spring, summer, and fall by the North American Society for Sport History. The purpose of the North American Society for Sport History is to promote, stimulate, and encourage study and research and writing of the history of sport, and to...

BBC Radio 3 - Free Thinking, Sidney Poitier 05/08/2023

There’s a new play in London, “Retrograde,” about Sidney Poitier and the Cold War blacklist. Our Bizot Family Professor of History, Aram Goudsouzian, got invited to join a BBC radio discussion about Poitier with the playwright, Ryan Calais Cameron, writer Jan Asante, and host Matthew Sweet:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001lc20?fbclid=IwAR25jT-hPl8bGZI82F1x5IscFhcHE9e7e2CagyAvr1FdGUMntbMIsD9rvmw

BBC Radio 3 - Free Thinking, Sidney Poitier Matthew Sweet and guests discuss the career of Bahamian-American actor Sidney Poitier.

05/05/2023

A message from Dr. Daniel Unowsky, chair of the History Department:

On behalf of the Department of History, I wanted to congratulate all of our Spring 2023 BA, MA, and PhD graduates!

COVID overshadowed much of the time you worked toward your degree. Yet, you persevered. You read, analyzed, researched, presented, wrote, and learned with us. We are proud of all that you have accomplished! Send us a line now and again; read our department History Happenings newsletter; follow us on Facebook and other social media. Keep in touch!

Whatever your future plans, remember: History Matters!

‎What Are You Going to Do with That? on Apple Podcasts 04/18/2023

"What Are You Going to Do with That?"

A question lobbed at many humanities majors! Maybe you've got a good answer, or maybe you're still figuring it out. Maybe it's your job to help these humanities students find their answer. If any of that sounds familiar, this might be a postcast for you.

"This podcast explores everyday folks’ decisions to study the humanities as undergraduates and their pathways to fulfilling careers. It is designed for students drawn to study the humanities in college who might be concerned about what that might mean for their career. It's also for those who advise such students, whether as parents or professionals. The stories in this podcast debunk widespread misperceptions about humanities majors’ career prospects by highlighting some of the limitless possibilities for applying humanities knowledge and skills in today’s workforce."

‎What Are You Going to Do with That? on Apple Podcasts ‎Business · 2023

Gladys Bentley Was a Gender Outlaw 03/28/2023

Dr. Cookie Woolner just wrote this timely Harper’s Bazaar piece on Prohibition era performer Gladys Bentley for Women’s History Month.

Gladys Bentley Was a Gender Outlaw In a political climate increasingly hostile to studying gender and Black history, the remarkable life of 1920s drag performer Gladys Bentley is an inspiration.

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