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September 15, 2017

CLICK HERE for the 2017 Southern Festival of Books schedule. Please check this page regularly, as we will keep session changes posted. Thanks, and we hope to see you on the Plaza!  

August 16, 2017

Humanities Tennessee offers our support and solidarity to our colleagues at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and all those affected by the recent demonstrations of bigotry and intolerance in Charlottesville...[more] 

Humanities Tennessee offers our support and solidarity to our colleagues at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and all those affected by the recent demonstrations of bigotry and intolerance in Charlottesville.

July 8, 2017

CLICK HERE to view the full list of 2017 Southern Festival of Books authors. We will continue to update this list until Festival weekend, Oct. 13-15, so check back regularly! 

April 18, 2017

We are thrilled to announce that our friends at Parnassus Books will be hosting a very special evening with John Grisham to benefit Humanities Tennessee. 

October 24, 2017

Join the Abraham Lincoln Museum & Library for a free, monthly discussion series about Lincoln's life and the value and responsibilites of citizenship.

Join the Abraham Lincoln Library & Museum for the third in a monthly series of six discussions that explores the concept of citizenship through primary soucrces related to Lincoln's life.  In the third session participants will discuss primary sources related to Lincoln's interest in local improvements to his home county in 1832, and the consider the topic of public services at the local level.

Sessions are free and open to high school students and the general public.

October 24, 2017

Join us at the National Civil Rights Museum for two days of collecting your oral histories and digitizing your photos and documents.

Protecting the Legacy, phase two of March to the 19th women's history initiative, kicks off a statewide series of digitization days in Memphis at the National Civil Rights Museum.  Bring your items related to African American women's political activity to digitize for this important collection.

Friday, November 17, 1-4pm

Friday, November 18, 10am-2pm

October 23, 2017

Join historian Brian "Fox" Ellis as he steps on stage and brings to life the stories of Captain Detweiller in a first person monologue that shares a unique voice of an important chapter of river history.

Join Brian "Fox" Ellis, Riverlorian for the Spirit of Peoria, as he assumes the role of Captain Detweiller, a Civil War era steamboater. Based on his pilot logs, Ellis' first person monologue includes Detweiller eyewitness account of Shiloh, and explores the vital role of steamboats during the war.

Saturday, December 10, 2pm, Johnsonville State Historic Park Welcome Center, 90 Nell Beard Road, New Johnsonville.

October 23, 2017

Historian and archivist Myers Brown discusses the activities and impact of the Federal and Confederate navies in the Civil War.

In addition to the roles of Federal and Confederate naval history in the Civil War, Myers Brown will offer insight into some of Tennessee's historical naval figures, including Farragut, Maury and Carter.

Thursday, December 7, 7pm,  Johnsonville State Historic Park Welcome Center, 90 Nell Beard Road, New Johnsonville.

The event is in conjunction with Humanities Tennessee's tour of the Smithsonian's Water|Ways exhibition, on view in New Johnsonville November 18-December 31.

October 23, 2017

Join folklorist Dr. Robert "Roby" Cogswell at the Johnsonville State Historic Park for a discussion of the river folk traditions that continue to shape our state's history.

Dr. Roby Cogswell uses hisotric and contemporary images to explore how river folk traditions have shaped Tennessee's history a, and conitune to influence the state's economy, transportation and way of life.

Saturday, November 18, 2pm, Johnsonville State Historic Park Welcome Center, 90 Nell Beard Road, New Johnsonville.

The event is in conjunction with Humanities Tennessee's tour of the Smithsonian's Water|Ways exhibition, on view in New Johnsonville November 18-December 31.

October 23, 2017

Learn about ongoing efforts to keep the Mississippi and its tributaries healthy by educating and involving communities.

Mike Coyne-Logan, Education Coordinator for Living Lands & Waters, discusses the work of physically cleaning up the river and it's tributaries, and educating neighbors about keeping their river systems healthy.

Tuesday, December 5, 7pm, Johnsonville State Historic Park Welcome Center, 90 Nell Beard Road, New Johnsonville.

The event is in conjunction with Humanities Tennessee's tour of the Smithsonian's Water|Ways exhibition, on view in New Johnsonville November 18-December 31.

October 23, 2017

Join Kim Trevathan for a discussion of his 1998 trip paddling the length of the Tennessee River with his dog Jasper.

Kim Trevathan discusses the challenges of his 1998 canoe trip for the length of the Tennessee River, what he learned, and his plans for another trip upstream from Paducah to Knoxville in the same canoe.  Through his adventure, Trevathan conveys the spiritual and transofrmative possibilities of the river and other waterways.

Thursday, December 14, 7pm, Johnsonville State Historic Park Welcome Center, 90 Nell Beard Road, New Johnsonville.

October 23, 2017

Charlie Rhodarmer, Director of hte Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, will discuss the role of waterways in the Cherokee removal from Tennessee to Oklahoma in the 1838-39.

Known as the Trail of Tears, the routes taken in the forced removal of Cherokee from Tennessee included waterways and steamboat transportation.  Rhodamrmer will discuss the Trail of Tears and its connection to the Tennessee River.

Sunday, November 26, 2pm, Johnsonville State Historic Park Welcome Center, 90 Nell Beard Road, New Johnsonville.

The event is in conjunction with Humanities Tennessee's tour of the Smithsonian's Water|Ways exhibition, on view in New Johnsonville November 18-December 31.

October 23, 2017

Join Mr. John Crivello of the River Discovery Center in Paducah as he discusses his 30-year river career with towing and barge companies and his current work in Kentucky.

John Crivello will discuss experiences over thirty years in the making of his career with towing and barge companies along our rivers.

Tuesday, November 21, 7pm, Johnsonville State Historic Park Welcome Center, 90 Nell Beard Road, New Johnsonville.

The event is in conjunction with Humanities Tennessee's tour of the Smithsonian's Water|Ways exhibition, on view in New Johnsonville November 18-December 31.

October 19, 2017

Join in a film screening & discussion with music historians at Stax, a Jimmie Lunceford Festival event.

The WeAllBe Group hosts a film screening of Blues in the Night, a 10-minute film of the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra, and a panel discussion of music historians who discuss the era in which Lunceford launched his career.

Thursday, October 26, 6-9pm

Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926 E. McClemore Ave., Memphis 30106

Visit http://www.jimmielunceford.com/ for a detailed line-up and complete list of events.

October 19, 2017

Join a public discussion of the local legacy of Jimmie Lunceford as a jazz educator and renowned orchestra leader.

The WeAllBe Group hosts a panel of local musicians and scholars to explore the legacy of Lunceford as a Memphis jazz educator, and his impact on scores of students who became renowned musicians.

Saturday, October 28, 12-1pm

Cossitt Public Library, 33 South Front Street, Memphis 38103

Visit http://www.jimmielunceford.com/ for a detailed line-up and complete list of events.

October 19, 2017

Join Memphis musicians and historians gathering to discussion the impact of Jimmie Lunceford on a generation of Memphis music at the Central Library.

The WeAllBe Group hosts the first in a series of public discussions about Memphis jazz educator and orchestra leader, Jimmie Lunceford.

Tuesday, October 24, 6-8pm

Benjamin L. Hooks Public Library, Memphis Room, 4th Floor

3030 Poplar Avenue, Memphis 38111

Click here for a detailed line-up and complete list of events.

October 19, 2017

The Global Education Center hosts a film screening of The Third Root, about renowned African-Mexican guitarist Camilo Nu. The event includes a discussion with Nu and the film director, followed by a concert by Nu.

The Third Root, a film directed by Reed Rickhart, explores the musical journey of Camilo Nu, an African-Mexican guitarist, as he encounters the traditions of both the old and new worlds.  Nu and Rickart will be on hand for discussion, and a concert by Nu will follow the screening.

Sunday, Novermber 5, 4pm, Global Education Center 4822 Charlotte, Nashville

The event is part of a nine-month series sponsored by the Global Education Center that explores the history and culture of Mexicans of African descent.  The project is partly funded by Humanities TN.

October 6, 2017

Join us for a riveting and raucous edition of Literary Death Match featuring authors from the 2017 Southern Festival of Books and local celebrity judges! 

Join us for a riveting and raucous edition of 

September 26, 2017

Join the Knox County Public Library at the East Tennessee History Center for an interactive discussion about the role of public monuments in our histories, memories and communities.

Monumental Issues will provide a broader context for debates about historical monuments and the role they play in local communities today, considering them as both public history and public art.

Monday, October 16, 12:00pm

East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville

Presented by Dr. Jeffery H. Jackson, J.J. McComb Professor of History, Rhodes College

September 26, 2017

Join us  for an interactive presentation that challenges us to consider the future of the valley and our role in it. Hosted by the Pickwick Landing State Park as part of the Water|Ways Smithsonian exhibit project.

As the communities that rely on the Tennessee River system for energy, commerce, water supply, and recreation look ahead to the 21st century, new and increasingly complex challenges present themselves.  These challenges require new collaborations across disciplines to identify solutions to short-term problems and to explore possibilities for bold long-term solutions.

Pickwick Landing State Park hosts Brad Collett, UTK, to facilitate an interactive discussion about what the future may hold.

September 26, 2017

Join us for a lively debate about the tensions between progress and conservation as it relates to our water resources. Hosted by Pickwick Landing State Park in conjunction with the Water|Ways Smithsonian exhibit project.

Who does our water belong to?  The landowner or the public?  How do we balance the needs of economic development and the protection of water sources?  How are decisions made about the withdrawals from waters or the discharges into waters?  These questions have plagued this area since TVA built its first Dam here.  

September 25, 2017

Join the East TN Historical Society for a TN History Highlights teacher workshop at the Abarham Lincoln Library & Museum.

The East Tennessee Historical Society is partnering with Humanities Tennessee to offer the Tennessee History Highlights teacher workshops across the state. These hands-on workshops will feature customized activities covering content from the 4th, 5th, and 8th grade American History curriculum standards. Each host museum will provide a special focus and flavor to the local workshop.

Saturday, September 30, 9:00am-3:00pm, Abraham Lincoln Library & Museum, Lincoln Memorial Museum, Harrogat

September 25, 2017

The Smithsonian traveling exhibit, Water|Ways, opens for six-week run at Pickwick Landing State Park.

Water|Ways, a traveling Smithsonian exhibit focused on humans' relationship to water, will be open at Pickwick Landing State Park from September 30 to November 12, 2017. The exhibit will be accompanied by a series of local, public events. 

Click here for more information about the exhibit. 

September 22, 2017

Join the Abraham Lincoln Museum & Library for a free, monthly discussion series about Lincoln's life and the value and responsibilites of citizenship.

Join the Abraham Lincoln Library & Museum for the second in a monthly series of six discussions that explores the concept of citizenship through primary soucrces related to Lincoln's life.  In the second session participants will discuss primary sources related to Lincoln's changing view of voting rights and explore the subject of voting in the present. Sessions are free and open to high school students and the general public.

Session for high school students, 3:30pm-5:30pm

Session for general public, 6:30pm-8:30pm