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ISO an any individual(s) who would have knowledge of the history of the Hernando-Desoto Bridge? Shooting a 3-part series discussing the past, present and future of the bridge with the infrastructure at the helm...

Any wisdom to part would be greatly appreciated.

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Looking for info on William Swan Wells, b. 1811 in CT. He had a plantation where Wells Station Rd. is now and the railroad took his name.
How can I find more info on him? I have been to archives and the Public Library here in Memphis.
Thanks to anyone who can direct me!
Please remember today is the deadline.

Hood luck!
I want to inform the group my cousin—John Simpson, one of the Memphis State Eight passed away this morning. Funeral arrangements are still being planned and I will let the group know when they are decided.
Hi comrades, I would like to invite those who might be interested to consider collaborating with the special issue of the Journal of Festive Studies on the Materiality of Festivities (which I am guest editing). I would also appreciate it if you could share this CFP with folks you know who might be interested.
https://journals.h-net.org/jfs/announcement/view/4
Next Thursday the University Libraries Special Collections department there is will be a talk with Murray Hudson. The talk will be on the Frisco Bridge and relates to the current exhibit the libraries have on display.

For many years the Frisco bridge was the 3rd largest in the world. Come and check out the exhibit and learn more about how railroad transportation was possible before the bridge. Stay for light refreshments.

PROFESSORS!! This is an excellent extra credit opportunity for students that might need a little push in their grades. Have questions? Shoot us an e-mail at [email protected]. Or you can message me on facebook.

We hope to see you there!
Che Guevara killed more people than you can count. He killed a poor peasant boy who stole some food. Thankfully the Green Berets killed his ass in Bolivia.
CFP: Historians of the Twentieth Century United States (HOTCUS)

This page is for faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the Department of History at The University of Memphis. This page is to promote department events, make announcements, and share information that might be of interest to the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the Department of History.

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2021 Interfaith Calendar: Major Religious Holidays, World Religion Holy Days 08/13/2021

2021 Interfaith Calendar: Major Religious Holidays, World Religion Holy Days

As we finalize our syllabi and schedules here are some dates to be mindful of to create a more flexible and inclusive classroom.

2021 Interfaith Calendar: Major Religious Holidays, World Religion Holy Days Looking for a 2021 Interfaith Calendar? Find out major religious holidays. Get inclusive calendar, list of world religion holy days, religious festivals.

Spanks for the Memories 08/12/2021

Spanks for the Memories

Professor Aram Goudsouzian interviewed Professor Stephen Stein about his work on the B**M movement in the US on Chapter 16. Be sure to check it out!

Spanks for the Memories Susan Sontag once called B**M “the furthest reach of the sexual experience.” As historian Stephen K.  Stein shows in his new book, Sadomasochism a…

Photos from Memphis Historians's post 08/10/2021

From our chair Dr. Dan Unowsky:

"Dear Friends of the Department of History:

We knew this moment would arrive: Karen Miller-Jackett’s last day working in our office will be August 20. Karen completed her nursing degree this past Spring and has accepted a position as an RN at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Tipton in Covington, TN.
CONGRATULATIONS KAREN!!!

Karen has been with the University of Memphis for 22 years, 13 of those in the Department of History. I consider myself lucky to have worked closely with Karen, first in my capacity as graduate coordinator and now as chair. I am especially grateful for all that she has done in the extraordinary circumstances we have faced due to the pandemic. I could always count on her. I know I am not the only one who will miss her smile, her devotion to our students, her dedication to the department.

Baptist Hospital is fortunate to be welcoming such a caring and wonderful new RN!

Please join me in wishing all the best to Karen Jackett!"

August 2021 University of Memphis Commencement 08/09/2021

August 2021 University of Memphis Commencement

The Department of History congratulates all those who graduated on Saturday, August 7, 2021!!!

Congratulations as well to the 2021 recipient of the Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award, Professor Beverly Bond, who gave the commencement address! Professors Bond’s remarks begin at 12:35:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QYoi9D6yPY

August 2021 University of Memphis Commencement Summer Commencement

Donovan, Genevieve Ann Marie - Kutis Funeral Home 07/28/2021

Donovan, Genevieve Ann Marie - Kutis Funeral Home

We are deeply saddened to share this news with everyone. Genevieve Donovan passed away last week. Her family and friends will gather to celebrate her life in St. Louis tomorrow and Friday. Genevieve was a PhD candidate in our Egyptology program and was an active member of GAAAH for many years. She also served a term as the PAT president. Those who knew Genevieve will recall her sharp wit, her refreshing candor, and her commitment to creating a more inclusive department and a more just society. You can leave your condolences and memories for her family at the link below, or please share them here with us and we will be sure to get the comments to her family.

I'll post a few additional photos in the comments but if you have any to share please post them, or feel free to email me [email protected]

Donovan, Genevieve Ann Marie - Kutis Funeral Home Donovan, Genevieve Ann Marie, age 37, of St. Louis Missouri passed away peacefully on Monday, July 19, 2021. Genevieve was born on February 19, 1984 in Fort Stewart, Georgia. She was a graduate of Jack Britt High School in North Carolina in 2002 and received her Bachelor of Arts in History from the....

Memphis Hoops: Race and Basketball in the Bluff City,1968–1997 (Sports & Popular Culture) 07/14/2021

Memphis Hoops: Race and Basketball in the Bluff City,1968–1997 (Sports & Popular Culture)

Congratulations to Keith Wood on the publication of his book, Memphis Hoops: Race and Basketball in the Bluff City, 1968–1997, with the University of Tennessee Press. Memphis Hoops weaves together a narrative of sports achievements with a history of fraught race relations in the post-civil rights era. Local icon Larry Finch is at the center of the story.

Memphis Hoops is based on Keith’s dissertation in the Department of History. He earned his Ph.D. in 2018. A longtime basketball coach at Sheffield and Millington High Schools, he now teaches at Christian Brothers High School.

Coverage in the Millington Star: http://www.millington-news.com/?p=10937

Link to the amazon page in the comments!

Memphis Hoops: Race and Basketball in the Bluff City,1968–1997 (Sports & Popular Culture) Memphis Hoops: Race and Basketball in the Bluff City,1968–1997 (Sports & Popular Culture)

National Humanities Center Names 2021–22 Teacher Advisory Council | National Humanities Center 06/16/2021

National Humanities Center Names 2021–22 Teacher Advisory Council | National Humanities Center

Congratulations to Ms. Amanda Lee Savage, one of the twenty educators selected by the National Humanities Center to serve on their Teacher Advisory Council for 2021-22.

National Humanities Center Names 2021–22 Teacher Advisory Council | National Humanities Center The Teacher Advisory Council was formed to aid the Center’s ongoing effort to provide the most effective resources for teachers of the humanities.

[04/30/21]   The University of Memphis formally announced today that Professor Beverly Bond is the recipient of the Willard R.Sparks Eminent Faculty Award, the highest distinction given to a faculty member by the University, AND the UofM Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Research in the Humanities.
Congratulations on this deserved recognition!!!

Photos from The HERC's post 04/21/2021

Congrats to two of our undergraduate majors, Sophia Rouse and Anna Wiener. Both were selected as Research Fellows with the Honors College for Summer 2021. You may recognize them--Ms. Rouse won two awards at our most recent ceremony and is the leader of the Student History Society, and Ms. Wiener recently presented her research at our annual undergrad colloquium HURC in the HERC.

Please join us in congratulating them!

FAMU’s David H. Jackson Jr. Appointed Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at NCCU - FAMU Forward 04/13/2021

FAMU’s David H. Jackson Jr. Appointed Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at NCCU - FAMU Forward

Dr. David H. Jackson Jr., who earned his PhD in our department and has taught and served in the administration at Florida A&M University since 1997, has been named Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at North Carolina Central University.

Our congratulations to Dr. Jackson!

FAMU’s David H. Jackson Jr. Appointed Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at NCCU - FAMU Forward Florida A&M University (FAMU)’s David H. Jackson Jr., Ph.D., associate provost for Graduate Education and dean of the School of Graduate Studies, Research and Continuing Education, has been appointed provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). Jack...

Looking for Sexual Healing? 04/09/2021

Looking for Sexual Healing?

Dr. Steve Stein's newest book was discussed in this piece by the New York Times!

Looking for Sexual Healing? These books will help you feel less alone.

04/06/2021

In Cairo this weekend the royal mummies from the old museum in Tahrir square to their new exhibit in the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. The BBC contacted Dr. Suzanne Onstine to do an interview. It was done live and aired on BBC World news at 12:20 am Sunday morning (and then repeated throughout this presenter's timeslot).

EDITED: The video is now attached!

Photos from Memphis Historians's post 03/30/2021

The Student History Society is collecting red dresses for an art installation designed to bring attention to the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in the U.S. Come by and see us today, or next Tuesday 6-April, in front of Mitchell Hall. Amanda Lee Savage Sophia Rouse Native RITES

03/26/2021

Professor Beverly Bond has been named the 2021 Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty award winner! This is the highest honor bestowed to a faculty member by the university. Congratulations Professor Bond!!!!

Professor Beverly Bond has been named the 2021 Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty award winner! This is the highest honor bestowed to a faculty member by the university. Congratulations Professor Bond!!!!

03/26/2021

Professor Kwoba is the recipient of an Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award!

The chair of the award committee noted: “The committee was deeply impressed with the great success you have found year over year at the University of Memphis and all the ingenuity and talent you bring to the classroom. We are especially grateful for the inspiration and care you have given to our students in 2020, in the face of unprecedented educational obstacles. Your department and the University of Memphis as a whole is lucky to have you among its ranks. We are proud to recognize you with this high teaching honor. Congratulations!”

Professor Kwoba, who will be on leave for 2021-2022, is also the recipient of the prestigious Schomburg Fellowship from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library.

Professor Kwoba is the recipient of an Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award!

The chair of the award committee noted: “The committee was deeply impressed with the great success you have found year over year at the University of Memphis and all the ingenuity and talent you bring to the classroom. We are especially grateful for the inspiration and care you have given to our students in 2020, in the face of unprecedented educational obstacles. Your department and the University of Memphis as a whole is lucky to have you among its ranks. We are proud to recognize you with this high teaching honor. Congratulations!”

Professor Kwoba, who will be on leave for 2021-2022, is also the recipient of the prestigious Schomburg Fellowship from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library.

03/25/2021

The Spring 2021 edition of History Happenings, the department’s newsletter, is hot off the presses. This issue features Q&A’s with faculty, students, staff, and alumni of the Department of History, showcasing the different ways that we produce, study, and apply historical thinking. Check out interviews with Karen Bradley, Danyel Clark, Christine Eisel, Cody Fletcher, Sheena Harris, Ulysses Jones, Milton Moreland, Najah Muhammad, Catherine Phipps, Mantri Sivananda, Dan Unowsky, and Greg Viessman!

https://www.memphis.edu/history/newsletter/index.php

The Spring 2021 edition of History Happenings, the department’s newsletter, is hot off the presses. This issue features Q&A’s with faculty, students, staff, and alumni of the Department of History, showcasing the different ways that we produce, study, and apply historical thinking. Check out interviews with Karen Bradley, Danyel Clark, Christine Eisel, Cody Fletcher, Sheena Harris, Ulysses Jones, Milton Moreland, Najah Muhammad, Catherine Phipps, Mantri Sivananda, Dan Unowsky, and Greg Viessman!

https://www.memphis.edu/history/newsletter/index.php

03/24/2021

The Graduate History Association is sponsoring an event at 3:00 pm this Friday, entitled “Graduate School and Non-Academic Careers.” Dr. Aram Goudsouzian will moderate a discussion with Brian McClure and Katarzyna Scherr, who were both in our PhD program and have since gone on to great success in non-academic careers.

The Graduate History Association is sponsoring an event at 3:00 pm this Friday, entitled “Graduate School and Non-Academic Careers.” Dr. Aram Goudsouzian will moderate a discussion with Brian McClure and Katarzyna Scherr, who were both in our PhD program and have since gone on to great success in non-academic careers.

My Elmwood: Beverly Bond - Free People of Color 03/22/2021

My Elmwood: Beverly Bond - Free People of Color

Beverly Bond is featured in a recent My Elmwood series episode produced by Elmwood Cemetery. She spoke on Free People of Color:
https://vimeo.com/522501662?fbclid=IwAR3VRU-SsyxM8e7mlicgC8hpCqIRNZOTCA0k5seWsbto1k-9p325mK49YSY

Also, Beverly Bond and our former colleague, Peggy Caffrey, were two of the hosts for another Elmwood Cemetery event this past weekend in commemoration of Women’s History Month. Hosts welcomed visitors at graveside and told the stories of Women of Achievement honorees such as Lide Smith Meriwether, Roberta Church, Lena Angeline Warner, Maxine Smith, and others.

My Elmwood: Beverly Bond - Free People of Color This is "My Elmwood: Beverly Bond - Free People of Color" by Elmwood Cemetery on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

03/10/2021

The Student History Society invites history majors and minors with 90+ credits to submit their history research papers or projects for inclusion in our annual History Undergraduate Research Colloquium (HURC) in the HERC. This year's event will be virtual. The CFP is in this post, the event on both this page and The HERC. Contact Amanda Lee Savage for more details. Please share with your students if you're teaching!

The Student History Society invites history majors and minors with 90+ credits to submit their history research papers or projects for inclusion in our annual History Undergraduate Research Colloquium (HURC) in the HERC. This year's event will be virtual. The CFP is in this post, the event on both this page and The HERC. Contact Amanda Lee Savage for more details. Please share with your students if you're teaching!

Photos from The HERC's post 02/12/2021

Dr. Aram Goudsouzian and Dr. Charles McKinney (Rhodes) continue their good work! Please share with your students if you're at UofM!

Welcome Hooks Academic Research Fellow: Le’Trice Donaldson | Uplift Memphis, Uplift the Nation: The Blog for Community Engagement 02/12/2021

Welcome Hooks Academic Research Fellow: Le’Trice Donaldson | Uplift Memphis, Uplift the Nation: The Blog for Community Engagement

Welcome Hooks Academic Research Fellow: Le’Trice Donaldson | Uplift Memphis, Uplift the Nation: The Blog for Community Engagement Welcome Hooks Academic Research Fellow: Le’Trice Donaldson Posted on February 12, 2021 by Andre Johnson Le’Trice Donaldson is an Assistant Professor of History in the Applied Social Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She earned her Ph.D. in African American History from the...

[02/12/21]   Congratulations to Dr. Le'Trice Donaldson! She will be one of the Hooks Academic Research Fellows! Dr. Donaldson is currently an assistant professor at UW-Stout and her monograph, Duty Beyond the Battlefield: African American Soldiers Fight for Racial Uplift, Citizenship, and Manhood, 1870-1920, was published in February 2020.

Quaesitum Volume 5 01/26/2021

Quaesitum Volume 5

Congratulations to Amanda “Mandy” Campbell, whose article “‘Chaplain of the New Left’: Reverend Richard Moon's Community of Influence and the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike” was published by QUAESITUM, an academic journal that highlights undergraduate research at the University of Memphis. Mandy graduated in Spring 2020 with a double major in History and African and African-American Studies and a minor in English. She won the Dean’s Award, given by the College of Arts and Sciences to one exceptional undergraduate student every year.

Quaesitum Volume 5 Environmental Enrichment Alters Mesolimbic Dopamine Release in MiceShelby Towers, Josiah Comstock, Nick Paige, Price Dickson, Deranda Lester

Council Office of Racial Equity 01/19/2021

Council Office of Racial Equity

Brian McClure, who earned his Ph.D. from the Department of History at the University of Memphis in 2013, was recently appointed to create and lead the new Council Office of Racial Equity (CORE) for the city of Washington DC. CORE creates training, tools, and processes for local officials, staff, and the community to identify implicit biases and systemic inequities in policymaking. This is the first initiative of its kind.

https://www.dcracialequity.org

Council Office of Racial Equity EVERYTHINGIS A MATTEROF RACIAL EQUITY.Painted by César Maxit as part of the MuralsDC51 campaignPhoto credit: WAMU Our MissionThe Council Office of Racial Equity’s mission is to eliminate racial disparities and achieve racial equity within the District of Columbia. READ MORE Our WorkOur most i...

Interview: Martin Luther King Jr.’s modern legacy 01/18/2021

Interview: Martin Luther King Jr.’s modern legacy

Rebekkah Mulholland, Assistant Professor of History at California State at Sacramento, a recent graduate of our PhD program, spoke about the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Fox40 Sacramento:

https://fox40.com/morning/interview-martin-luther-king-jr-s-modern-legacy/

Interview: Martin Luther King Jr.’s modern legacy Friday is his actual birthday, but Monday will be the 35th observance of the federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A father, a preacher, a fighter for dignity and change in the rule…

www.localmemphis.com 01/12/2021

www.localmemphis.com

In this midst of our current moment, some insight into the 25th Amendment by Professors Scott Marler and Aram Goudsouzian:

www.localmemphis.com There is no doubt the riot at the Capitol will be in history books, but will removing the President be included?

When was the last time people stormed the US Capitol? 01/07/2021

When was the last time people stormed the US Capitol?

Professor Aram Goudsouzian and Professor Charles McKinney (Rhodes College) discussed the storming of the Capitol on Memphis local news last night. You can watch their segment here:

When was the last time people stormed the US Capitol? Local historians in the Mid-South discuss the riot at the US Capitol and describe its difference from past demonstrations.

Dr Major L Wilson - View Obituary & Service Information 01/07/2021

Dr Major L Wilson - View Obituary & Service Information

With great sadness we announce the passing on December 27, 2020 of Major L. Wilson. Professor Wilson joined the faculty in 1964 and retired in 1995.

Professor Wilson was a highly regarded scholar, mentor, and teacher. In recognition of Professor Wilson’s contributions to the department and the university, the Department of History awards the annual Major L. Wilson Prize to the best undergraduate and graduate history papers.

Our thoughts and sympathies go out to his wife, Donna, and the rest of his family.

Dr Major L Wilson - View Obituary & Service Information Share Memories and Support the Family.

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