Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities

Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities

Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities Named in honor of one of the university's most beloved Professors of History, the Marcus W. Join us!

Orr Center for the Humanities (MOCH) leads and supports an array of initiatives aimed at broadening and deepening humanistic inquiry not only within the University of Memphis community but in the city of Memphis and the wider MidSouth region. MOCH-sponsored programming includes large public lectures featuring prominent and provocative thinkers from both the UM faculty and beyond; academic fellowsh

Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities (MOCH) Events 10/17/2023

Oct 23 // 6pm @ MOCH: Race, Reporting, and Memphis - A Memphis Reads affiliate event. In person at McWherther Library 2nd Floor Commons and on Zoom. Learn more here

Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities (MOCH) Events Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities (MOCH) Events

03/21/2023

Join MOCH this Thurs 3/23 for a conversation with Andy Horowitz (U Connecticut) about the legacy of Hurricane Katrina. Reception at 5:30, lecture at 6pm! All the details here: https://www.memphis.edu/moch/events/index.php

02/08/2023

Next week at the Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities: Four Ukrainian Artists on creative life and culture in Kyiv before and since the full-fledged Russian invasion - *https://www.memphis.edu/moch/events/index.php *

11/02/2022

This Thursday @ MOCH: Brent Leggs on Preserving African American Historic Places! Lecture @ 5:30pm in Wade Auditorium, Cecil C. Humphreys Law School (1 N. Front St) - *https://www.memphis.edu/moch/events/index.php *

10/13/2022

Join MOCH and the English Department tonight for an encore performance by acclaimed writer and critic Emily Lordi (Vanderbilt)! The author of three books on Black popular music and profiles of artists like Dolly Parton and FKA Twigs will share work from her forthcoming biography of Whitney Houston. Reception at 5:30, Lecture at 6pm, in the Maxine Smith UC River Room.

10/10/2022

This Week: Stax & MOCH Team Up for Two Nights w/ acclaimed music author Emily Lordi! - **

Florence Dore: Packing Literature, History, and Rock-and-Roll in Her Tour Van 10/05/2022

Check out Alex Greene's profile of Florence Dore Music for the The Memphis Flyer! Florence will be at MOCH Thursday @ 6pm, talking about Memphis music and literature with Robert Gordon and performing a few songs! In the Maxine Smith UC River Room. Free and open to all!

Florence Dore: Packing Literature, History, and Rock-and-Roll in Her Tour Van Dore wears both academic and musical hats. She’ll speak on Modernism, Music, and Memphis at U of M on October 6th, and her band performs October 7th at Bar DKDC.

09/29/2022

Join us tonight at McWherther Library to hear Cécile Fromont (Yale) on the missionary art of early Kongo and Angola! Reception at 5:30pm, Lecture at 6pm, or livestream in the link below! Always free, always open to all!

Looking for something to do tonight at the University of Memphis? Our 2nd floor Commons area will feature a lecture from a Yale University professor as part of the 2022 Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities lecture series. More details and the registration link for live streaming are at memphis.edu/moch/events/index.php.

09/26/2022

Thursday Night Lectures Start this week with Cécile Fromont (Yale) on missionary art in Angola and Kongo: 5:30 reception/6:30 lecture in McWherther Library 2nd Floor Commons. Click the link for livestream registration. *https://www.memphis.edu/moch/events/index.php*

03/24/2022

"Intertwined Separations: Indian Removal and the Domestic Slave Trade in the Native South"

At the same time the domestic slave trade transported over one million African Americans from the Upper to the Lower South, the federal policy of Indian removal expelled thousands of American Indians from their homelands in the midwestern and southeastern parts of the United States. How did chattel slavery and the domestic slave trade shaped removal processes in the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations and the lives of the individuals expelled westward to Indian Territory? Dr. Parker’s presentation will examine how Indian removal forced Indigenous people westward while simultaneously serving as another form of slave migration, as Native people brought their enslaved people west with them.

Nakia D. Parker is an Assistant Professor in the History Department at Michigan State University. Dr. Parker is a historian of nineteenth-century U.S. slavery, African American, and American Indian history. She is currently working on her book manuscript, Trails of Tears and Freedom: Black Life in Indian Slave Country, 1830-1866 which examines the lives of enslaved and self-liberated individuals of African and Afro-Native descent in Choctaw and Chickasaw communities in nineteenth-century Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma).

11/19/2021

How does the campaign for environmental justice inform the most urgent issues of our time? Nixon will look, in particular, at Black Lives Matter, the Climate Crisis, and the COVID-19 pandemic. What can we learn about the crossover concerns that connect them? How have artists sought to bring life and energy to these struggles for justice? And how does slow violence manifest in these social movements?

Slow Violence, Then and Now 11/10/2021

Check out Aram Goudsouzian 's interview with upcoming MOCH guest Rob Nixon at Chapter 16. They talk about Nixon's book Slow Violence and the balance of being an artist-activist. You can register for Nixon's lecture on 11/18 on our events page!

https://chapter16.org/slow-violence-then-and-now/

Slow Violence, Then and Now A chemical explosion in Bhopal, India. The extraction of natural resources from the Niger Delta in Nigeria. Cluster bombing in the Middle East. The threat of m…

10/05/2021

Join us tomorrow, Oct. 6, for Phillip Gordon on Faulkner and the Q***r South! In-person and live-streamed! U of Memphis Department of English

04/13/2021

Systemic Racism and COVID in Memphis, A Virtual Panel discussion

04/02/2021

A conversation about the influence of Memphis and Southern rap with German rapper Skinny Finsta (Universal Records), Jared Boyd (The Daily Memphian), and Memphis hip hop pioneer DJ Spanish Fly. Moderated by Robert Kelz (World Languages and Literatures).

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