SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME University Theater, April 24th, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Free!
Join Facing History and Ourselves for an evening with Douglas Blackmon, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. This groundbreaking work delivers a searing examination of the enslavement of African-Americans that persisted deep into the 20th century. In 30 years as a journalist, Blackmon has written extensively about the American quandary of race–exploring such issues as the integration of schools in his childhood Mississippi Delta farm town, lost episodes of the Civil Rights movement, and, how contemporary society should grapple with a troubled past. Seating is limited. To RSVP, please visit facinghistory.org/communityconversations or call (901) 452-1776 x221. As part of Facing History’s national series of Community Conversations, this event is free and open to the public.
BFA SENIOR SHOWCASE and CASTINGS RELEASE PARTY Kenrick Hall, May 2nd, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Free!
This year’s BFA Senior Showcase will highlight the work of graduating Visual and Performing Arts senior, Johnnie Sue Huddlestone. Also on display will be works created by students in the Creative Writing Club and S.W.A.T. club (Students With Artistic Talents) for their Altered Book Project. Adding to the excitement, the newest volume of Castings Journal (the Department of Literature and Languages’ literary journal that publishes the poetry, prose, fine art, and photography of our students) will be available hot off the presses. To celebrate its release, the winning photography entries will be on display and the winners of the poetry and prose categories will give spoken word presentations. But the night doesn’t end there! Our Theater Studies students will be performing improvisational games in the spirit of Who’s Line Is It Anyway. Refreshments will be served!
BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES PRESENTATIONS: EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH METHODS and TREATMENTS FOR THE MENTALLY ILL Kenrick Hall, #205, May 6th, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Students from Experimental Research Methods, after having spent the entire semester researching and experimenting, are now ready to present their findings. And students from Treatments for the Mentally Ill will present their research on various interesting and sometimes bizarre treatments for mental illness from throughout history and present day. Topics include: exposure to guns in the media and attitudes toward guns, violence, and gun control; the fear of dying and news media; online shopping and impulsivity; and various treatment methods including lobotomies, bloodletting, and shock therapy. Don’t worry, no visitors will be harmed during the presentation of these findings.