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Memphis Reads discusses "Memphis: 200 Years Together"

Susan Schadt Press

Memphis Reads presents panelists Charles Hughes, Geoff Calkins, and Zandria Robinson to help celebrate Memphis’ bicentennial by discussing the book, Memphis: 200 Years Together at 6 pm, Wednesday September 18 at Christian Brothers University Theatre and Thursday September 19 at McNeil Concert Hall at Rhodes College. The panels are free and open to the public and will be moderated by Shelby County Mayor, Lee Harris, and followed by a concert by Motel Mirrors, featuring Amy LaVere and John Paul Keith.

Memphis: 200 Years Together gathered the leading scholars and writers from the region to compile sixteen short essays discussing the ebbs and flows of Memphis’ past. The book was created by people from Memphis for people from Memphis, or those visiting our city, as a way to reflect upon our history, celebrate our accomplishments, and look forward to the future. Starting with the Chickasaw peoples and moving through the major flashpoints up to the present, the book details how the city has interacted with key strands of culture, such as history, sports, photography, music, religion, and business, among others. Rather than a chronological retelling of the past, the book twists and turns like the Mississippi River, offering a penetrating evaluation of the challenges and triumphs in the past 200 years. 

In this interview, editors Dr. Jonathan Judaken, Spence L. Wilson Chair in Humanities at Rhodes, and Dr. Karen Golightly, Associate Professor of English at Christian Brothers University, discuss the impetus for the publication of the book, some of the authors involved, and the Memphis Reads program. 

For more information, Memphis Reads.