Rhodes College’s Memphis Center will present a two-day conference titled “From Civil War to Civil Rights: Race, Region and the Making of Public Memory” on Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1. The conference will be free and opened to the public.
According to Rhodes this event will bring together an ¨unparalleled group of historians, writers, teachers and artists by exploring the ways that the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement, and the intervening years have shaped America’s understandings of race, region, the South, citizenship and identity.¨
Attendees are encouraged to register in advance here.
The event begins with an opening reception at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, in the McCallum Ballroom of the Bryan Campus Life Center featuring the Rhodes Jazz Players in a celebration of Memphis jazz.
Kate Masur, professor at Northwestern University, will present a lecture on Friday, Feb. 28, at 9 a.m. in Barret Library 051 on campus. This day includes presentations, master classes, a documentary, an evening reception, and the keynote address—“A Deeper Black: Race in America” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor for The Atlantic—at 5:30 p.m. in the McCallum Ballroom.
The second day of the conference begins with a master class breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in Barret Library 051 on campus followed by morning presentations and a noon luncheon with Masur and Coates. The afternoon session includes touring of selected destinations around the city. Also on view at the conference will be a gallery display of photography by Ernest Withers.
Topics include how Americans confronted the political and social issues posed by the end of slavery, new approaches to teaching the Civil War and Civil Rights Movement, and the centrality of Nashville and Memphis in Civil Rights history.
Established in October 2012, Rhodes’ Memphis Center focuses on the human experience of the Memphis and Mid-South and supports Rhodes students’ engagement with Memphis organizations and neighborhoods as well as experiential learning opportunities in the community.