Memphis Center Conference 2014


The Memphis Center at Rhodes is pleased to host its 2014 conference: From Civil War to Civil Rights: Race, Region and the Making of Public Memory


It is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and 50 years since the height of the modern Civil Rights Movement. It is thus a perfect time to reflect on how these moments – and the century between them – have transformed our history and continue to inform our contemporary experiences. Bringing together an unparalleled group of historians, writers, teachers and artists, this conference – sponsored by Rhodes College’s new Memphis Center - will explore these histories and their consequences. We will pay particular attention to the way that the public memory of both events and their interconnections have shaped our understandings of race, region, “the South,” citizenship and American identity. Through presentations and workshops, documentary screenings and musical performances, we will engage a wide audience in discussions of how the journey from Civil War to Civil Rights continues to affect our understandings of the past, present and future.

The conference will take place from Thursday, February 27 to Saturday, March 1. The conference is free and open to the public. All visitors, both from the local community and from outside the Memphis region, are encouraged to attend. If you plan on attending the conference, we ask that you please sign up on our registration page.

This conference is sponsored by the following Rhodes College departments and organizations: The Memphis Center, External Programs, Student Lecture Board, the Academic Dean’s Office, the Mike Curb Institute for Music, the Center for Outreach in the Development of the Arts (CODA), Communities in Conversation, the History Department, African-American Studies, Multicultural Affairs, Kinney Community Service, Archaeology, Urban Studies, Religious Studies, Anthropology & Sociology, and Political Science.