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Recently Funded Projects Reflecting the 2014 Funding Priority

Echoes of Emancipation: One Region, Many Voices

Community Economic Development Network/African American Heritage Alliance


This two-day conference hosted panels of scholars and community members to engage the public in critical debate about what Emancipation meant for the free and enslaved people of East Tennessee, and the experiences and actions of African American families in the subsequent 50 years. Organizers sought consideration of multiple questions:  How can telling these stories improve East Tennessee communities in the 21st century? How does critical reflection on tough issues build bridges across perspectives and provide inspiration for the next generation?

Choosing to Participate

Facing History and Ourselves


Choosing to Participate was a multimedia exhibition and series of public programs illustrating how democracy is shaped by the choices of ordinary people, inspiring audience members to become agents of change in their own neighborhoods. The project highlighted stories of the moments in which individuals were compelled to action in civic life, and the personal and collective transformations that resulted.

Season of Lotus, Season of Bone: A Journey with Matthew Shenoda

Global Education Center


Shenoda used his award-winning poetry and his experience as an Egyptian Coptic in America to enlighten the audience's understanding of the historical, cultural and political nuances of both ancient and modern Egypt, and of the ways individuals carry and share their cultures in an age of global mobility.

Muslim Contributions to the United States from 1776 through Today

Memphis Public Library

This lecture/discussion by Dr. Edward Curtis IV,  sought to enrich the audience’s understanding of the role of Muslim-Americans in the United States from 1776 and including the difficult issues of today, providing a context with which Muslims and non-Muslims in Memphis may disolve barriers and share perspectives. 

Cultures on the Edge

McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture


In its mission of cultivating a better understanding of the world’s cultural heritage, the McClung hosted renowned National Geographic photographer Chris Rainier for a slide lecture/discussion, “Cultures on the Edge.”  Rainier shared his exploration of traditional cultures that use multi- and social media to revitalize and maintain their cultures, and how they are connecting with each other across the globe to share and preserve their traditions into the 21st century.