Department of History

Paul Ortiz: The Making of an African American and Latinx History of the United States

An African American and Latinx History of the United States is a new interpretation of US history that builds on earlier generations of ethnic studies scholarship. An intersectional history of the shared struggle for human rights from 1776 to present, the book is an accessible narrative history arguing that Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa were integral to the development of democracy in the United States. From this grassroots perspective, ordinary people sought to build bridges of solidarity between the nations—not walls.

"How Did Americans Learn to Trust Processed Food?"

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.

Why the Reformation Still Matters: Batey Lecture Series

Brad S. Gregory (Ph.D., Princeton University) is Professor of History and Dorothy G. Griffin Collegiate Chair at the University of Notre Dame, where he is also the Director of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. Before arriving at Notre Dame, he taught at Stanford University and was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows. He specializes in the history of Christianity in Europe during the Reformation and on the long-term influence of this era on the modern world.

The Finality of Prophecy

In Arabia a man named Muhammad, who was born c.
    570 CE, is said to have received a series of communications from
    God  between 610 and 632 CE.
    These communications subsequently were recorded in writing,
    collected, and redacted in the text known as the Quran. On one
    occasion, the Quran refers to Muhammad as “the seal of
    Prophets,” a phrase that is understood by all Muslims as
    signifying that prophecy came to an end upon Muhammad’s death

Tanisha C. Ford

Professor Tanisha Ford, author of Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style and the Global Politics of Soul, will be giving a public lecture and signing copies of her new book on Tuesday, March 22 at 6pm in Blount Auditorium.

 

Co-sponsor : Office of External Programs

Choro das 3: Brazilian Music Concert

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

Peter Soppelsa: Nature & Technology in Paris' Waterscape, 1870-1914

How do nature and technology shape where water flows?  How do they affect who has access to it? Using Paris as a case-study, Soppelsa examines the city's "waterscape" to investigate the place of water in society during a period where how Parisians used their water changed dramatically and became highly politicized.  He raises fundamental questions about how humans and non-humans make ecological change.  Soppelsa's talk resonates with today's debates on "water wars," water infrastructure, and water pollution.

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