Restless Youth and the Global 1968: Legacies of Rebellion 50 Years Later

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Contact person: Carol Kelley

Dr. Richard Ivan Jobs is a Professor of History at Pacific University Oregon. He will discuss two of the most fascinating aspects of 1968: the prominent role played by the young and the scale of simultaneous protests around the world. What explains these two historically distinctive elements of 1968? What legacies remain?

"How Did Americans Learn to Trust Processed Food?"

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How did we learn to trust food in opaque packages? In her new book, Canned: The Rise and Fall of Consumer Confidence in the American Food Industry, Dr. Anna Zeide reveals the answers through the story of the canning industry, taking us on a journey to understand how food industry leaders leveraged the powers of science, marketing, and politics to win over a reluctant public, even as consumers resisted at every turn.

A Lecture by Sam Lovejoy

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Getting Your Passion Going to Save the Planet: A Lecture by Sam Lovejoy

From Thoreau to contemporary passive resistance movements, Sam Lovejoy will discuss political philosophy and his experiences as one of the leading environmental activists of our time. Sam Lovejoy was a founder of the non-violent, direct action NO NUKES movement. In 1974 he knocked over a 500-foot weather tower in his home town of Montague, MA, to protest a planned nuclear power plant project. He immediately turned himself into the police, and handed the sergeant a 4-page statement taking full responsibility for his actions. He was indicted for a felony and stood trial, defending himself without a lawyer. He was acquitted by the judge after an 8-day trial. Thus began the opposition to nuclear plants being built throughout the country and the world.

Anthropology and Sociology

Historian and Author Timothy Tyson: The Blood of Emmett Till

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Reception at 5:30 p.m., event to follow at 6 p.m.

The 1955 lynching of Emmett Till was a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights Movement and remains a crucial symbol of the national struggle for racial justice. To discuss the killing and its contexts, we welcome author Timothy B. Tyson, historian and author of the acclaimed and bestselling new book The Blood of Emmett Till. Tyson’s groundbreaking research – which includes the first-ever interview with accuser Carolyn Bryant – sheds new light on what happened to the 14-year-old Till, as well as the larger consequences of his murder on Mississippi, Chicago, and the United States. As we continue to wrestle with the causes and effects of racial violence, the Till case and the movement it provoked remain vital to understanding both past and present. 

Joining Tyson this evening will be two respondents who will enrich the conversation:

·         Aram Goudsouzian – Chair of History Department at the University of Memphis

·         Doria Johnson – Activist, Historian, and 2016 Nelson Mandela Fellow for International Dialogues


Africana Studies

Archives of Agency: Food in the Struggle for Black Liberation

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In Black Liberation movements in the United States, food plays not only a biological
role but also a political one. In this talk, Dr. Ashanté Reese explores the ways in which
Black Liberation movements use food as a platform for mobilizing communities and
making connections between historical and contemporary movements, and also considers
how organizing around food demonstrates multifaceted resistance.


Africana Studies

Choro das 3: Brazilian Music Concert

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Choro das 3, a Brazilian instrumental group, returns to Memphis for two days.  They will be visiting Rhodes College for the very first time!

Concert will be held Tuesday, April 12th, at 7:00pm, and a hands-on strings and percussion workshop will be held Wednesday, April 13th at 7:30pm.

Both events are free and open to the public.

To sign up for the workshop please call: 888-408-4181