History

Globalists: The End Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism, Quinn Slobodian

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Contact person: Jonathan Judaken

On Tuesday, February 19th in Hardie Auditorium at 6 p.m., in partnership with the Program in Political Economy and co-sponsored by the Department of History, we will host Quinn Slobodian (Wellesley College) speaking about his much-touted book, Globalists: The End Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism.
 

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Memphis Centered: An Unseen Light: Memphis and the Black Freedom Struggle, Profs. Charles McKinney and Aram Goudsouzian

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Contact person: Charles Hughes

In partnership with the History Department, The Lynne and Henry Turley Memphis Center will host a panel celebrating the 2018 book An Unseen Light: Memphis and the Black Freedom Struggle, by Prof. Aram Goudsouzian from University of Memphis and Rhodes' own Prof. Charles McKinney. This discussion will feature the two editors and other contributors to this important collection in a discussion about our city in both past and present.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Documentary Screening: Michael Caplan's ALGREN

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Contact person: Rashna Richards
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The Film and Media Studies Program at Rhodes College invites you to a screening of Michael Caplan’s ALGREN, a riveting documentary about the National Book Award-winning writer Nelson Algren. Known as “the bard of the down-and-outer,” Algren portrayed the grittier side of Chicago. His books are about drunks and pimps and prostitutes and junkies, and they capture a sense of raw, unsentimental alienation from life. Ernest Hemingway considered Algren second only to William Faulkner in the canon of American writers.

Caplan’s documentary premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival in 2014. It has received rave reviews. The Hollywood Reporter praises the way it “weaves together Algren’s life in an absorbing blend of interviews, voiceovers and, most compellingly, a trove of Art Shay photographs.”

Michael Caplan is an Associate Professor in the Cinema and Television Arts Department at Columbia College and an award-winning independent director/producer. He will take questions after the screening.

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Public Memory and Public History: The WWII Museum, Dr. Gordon H. "Nick" Mueller

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Contact person: Carol Kelley

Dr. Gordon H. "Nick" Mueller, historian, former Vice Chancellor at the University of New Orleans, and Founding President and CEO of The National WWI Museum will be speaking to the Rhodes community about World War II's impact on public memory.

There will be a reception at 5:00 p.m. This talk is free and open to the public.

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Unveiling of a New Historic Marker

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On Wednesday, April 4 at 12 noon, Calvary Episcopal Church will host a “Service of Remembrance and Reconciliation.”  The service will include reflections by Sarah Eiland, a Rhodes history major in the Class of 2020 who worked on the project; The Reverend Dorothy Wells, a 1982 graduate of Rhodes and the rector of St. George's Episcopal Church in Germantown, Tennessee; and The Reverend Scott Walters, Rector of Calvary Episcopal Church.  The Rhodes Singers will also participate.  Near the conclusion of the service, we will read aloud the names of dozens of the men, women, and children who were sold at the site – names that a small group of Rhodes students have unearthed through careful research in local archives.  After the service, the assembled crowd will move outside for the unveiling of the new marker, at which time President Marjorie Hass will offer a few remarks.  

Fifty years ago, Dr. King came to Memphis to show solidarity with the city’s striking sanitation workers, who held signs that simply said “I am a Man.”  By remembering the names of the enslaved and respecting the dignity of their lives, we will attempt to follow King’s example of lifting up the forgotten.  We think the service and marker unveiling will be a powerful moment, intended to advance the cause of racial reconciliation in our community.  

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What Students Say about History

Real comments from real Rhodes students about the Department of History:

“I worked as an Archival Studies Fellow which allowed me to tangibly work
with history in a way that was productive for the community.”

“I think the strength of the History Department lies primarily in its
professors.  They are wonderfully experienced, engaged, and definitely give
the impression of genuinely caring about the well-being of their students,