NEDtalks 2017 Speakers: Wednesday, April 19

Join us Wednesday, April 19, beginning at 3:00 p.m. at Ned R. McWherter Library, room 226, for the first day of NEDtalks 2017. NEDtalks is a two-day symposium where UofM faculty will share their recent research in 15 minute talks designed to engage and entertain. The full line-up of Wednesday’s speakers is below, as well as photos and bios of each. A huge thank you to the wonderful UofM scholars who plan to share their accomplishments with us at NEDtalks, and to all UofM faculty for their continued contributions to UofM scholarship.

Dr. Brandy T. Wilson, PhD, is the author of The Palace Blues: A Novel, a 2015 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in Lesbian Fiction and winner of the Alice B. Readers’ Lavender Award. She specializes in fiction and creative nonfiction writing, LGBTQ literature and Women’s and Gender Studies. Wilson was an Astraea Emerging Lesbian Writers Fund Finalist, a Lambda Literary Retreat Emerging LGBT Voices Fellow in fiction, and a recipient of three Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference scholarships. Her work has appeared in Robert Olen Butler’s From Where You Dream, Ninth Letter, G.R.I.T.S. Girls Raised in the South, Pank Magazine, Wee Folk and Wise, and Lumina among others. She teaches in the English Department at the UofM and lives in Memphis with her wife and son.

Dr. Leah Windsor is a Research Assistant Professor in the Institute for Intelligent Systems at The University of Memphis. She received her Bachelor of Science in Linguistics from Georgetown University in 1998 and her Ph.D. in Political Science from The University of Mississippi in 2012. She is PI for a Minerva Initiative grant that examines political communication in authoritarian regimes and opaque political groups. She uses computational linguistics to answer questions about regime survival, political crisis and conflict, propaganda and persuasion, bluffs and threats, and radicalization. Her interdisciplinary approach is situated at the intersection of political science, psychology, cognitive science, computer science, neurobiology, methodology, and linguistics. She has analyzed the language of leaders like Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong-Il and Kim Jong-Un, Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, and Muammar Qaddafi. She is broadly interested in issues of bias and ethnocentrism in corpus linguistics and politics, and on issues of translation and fidelity to a document’s intent. Most recently she presented her work to the National Academy of Sciences and the Department of Defense.

Dr. Bryna Bobick is an Associate Professor of Art Education. She earned a BFA and Doctorate of Education in Art Education from the University of Georgia and a M.Ed. from the University of West Georgia.  She co-edited with Dr. Leigh Hersey, Handbook of Research on the Facilitation of Civic Engagement through Community Art. IGI Global: Hershey, PA. This book explores the numerous ways that the arts can encourage civic engagement.  It is a comprehensive reference source for emerging perspectives on the incorporation of artistic works to facilitate improved civic engagement, 671 pages and 27 chapters.

Jo Sanburg (Sound Designer) is a second-year graduate student at the UofM, concentrating in sound design, lighting design, and composition.  Her most recent credits include sound design for the University of Memphis’ Anon(ymous) and Little Shop of Horrors, Theatre Memphis’ production of The 39 Steps, and Tennessee Shakespeare’s production of Henry V.  Other credits include lighting design for The Sparrow and Empires of Eternal Void, and composition for Illinois State University’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre. She is a member of SETC and USITT.


Dr. Suzanne Onstine is an associate professor of History, specializing in Egyptology. She received her PhD from the University of Toronto and did undergraduate work at the University of Arizona. While Onstine has worked on several excavations and epigraphic projects in Egypt and Jordan, TT16 is the first field project she has directed. She has been directing the archaeological research in Theban Tomb 16 since 2008 and has published several articles related to it. Research interests include gender and social history, archaeology, Nubian cultures, the Predynastic era of Egypt, and religion in ancient Egypt.

Dr. Jeremy Orosz is Assistant Professor of Music at the UofM. He earned both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Music Theory at the University of Minnesota, where he also pursued a master’s degree in linguistics. He has published his work in various academic journals, and presented papers at music theory, musicology, and other interdisciplinary venues across North and South America.


Dr. Thomas J. Hrach is an associate professor at the UofM Department of Journalism and Strategic Media. Hrach received his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Michigan in 1985, and he earned a master’s degree in news journalism from Kent State University in 1990. He completed his doctorate degree in mass communication from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University in 2008. He is a former editor and reporter at The Marietta Times in Marietta, Ohio. Hrach researches journalism history with a focus on the 1950s and 1960s. His most recent publication is The Riot Report and the News: How the Kerner Commission Changed Media Coverage of Black America. The book was published in September 2016 by the University of Massachusetts Press.

NEDtalks and Faculty Scholarship Week Exhibition 2017

Join us at Ned R. McWherter Library for NEDtalks, a two-day short-form symposium on Wednesday, April 19, and Thursday, April 20, from 3 – 5 p.m. in room 226. UofM faculty and graduate students from various fields of study will share their recent research in short presentations designed to engage and entertain. Refreshments will be provided. See a full schedule of speakers below.

NEDtalks is presented in conjunction with the Libraries’ annual Faculty Scholarship Week exhibition, which will be on view in the rotunda of Ned R. McWherter Library beginning at noon on Monday, April 17. To participate in FSW, deliver items to the Circulation desk on the first floor of McWherter Library by Friday, April 14. Please include the following information: the name of your school or department, a list of all items which must be returned and the contact information for the person to whom the items should be returned. For more information, please contact Anna Swearengen at or 678-2744.

Faculty Scholarship Exhibition and NED Talks


The Ned McWherter Library FSW coordinators invite innovative and invested faculty and graduate students to participate in the inaugural NEDtalks through short, informative, entertaining presentations!

  • Faculty and graduate students to engage curiosity with brief multidisciplinary talks
  • 15 minutes or fewer, multimedia is talker’s choice
  • April 19 & 20 from 3pm to 5pm at Ned McWherter Library
  • Join us through Google Forms

Need more information? Contact Anna Swearengen.

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Ongoing Display: Black, White & Read

Memphis-Massacre-1866-Poster-Small-(Edited)On display on the first and fourth floors of McWherter Library through May, the “Black, White & Read: Reporting the 1866 Memphis Massacre” exhibition, as part of Black History Month and the Memories of a Massacre: Memphis in 1866 Project, commemorates the150th anniversary of this event in African-American history.

To learn more about this historical event, visit the Memphis Massacre of 1866 Research Guide.



March: Women’s History Month

2016posterWomen’s History Month at the Libraries will begin with a “Feminist Issues in the News” Panel Discussion, Monday, February 29 at 7:00 p.m. in McWherter Library, room 226. Drs. Amanda Nell Edgar (Communication), Virginia Solomon (Art), Robert Boyd (Journalism), Susan Nordstrom (CEPR), and Ms. Elle Perry will facilitate a discussion about feminist issues (e.g., gender, ability, sexual, racial, economic, environmental, neo-colonialist, body, and age) in the day’s New York Times.

This event coincides with an ongoing display, “Feminist Sculpture for Strolling,” a papier-mâché spherical sculpture which is a part of the Art Museum of the University of Memphis’ Disassembling Statements => Assembling Solidarity project which seeks to disassemble the daily acts of gender, sexual, racial, class, environmental, body, and age inequalities presented in newspapers and reassemble them as a spherical sculpture. Everyone is encouraged to bring newspaper articles concerning any and all feminist issues and drop them off at the display in the center of McWherter Library’ rotunda. A representative will paste the articles on the sculpture each Wednesday from noon – 1:30 p.m. The finished sculpture will be displayed at the Women’s History Month Closing Ceremony, April 1 at 12:30 p.m.

Women’s History Month at the Libraries will close with two events. The first will be a book reading and signing of Down Home Blues by Phyllis Dixon, Tuesday, March 22 at 2:00 p.m. in McWherter Library, room 226.

Frances Dancy Hooks
Frances Dancy Hooks (1928 – 2016)

The second event will be “The Life of Frances Hooks,” an honorarium and lecture by Will Love, Library Assistant and staff of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, Wednesday, March 23 at 3:00 p.m. in McWherter Library, room 226. Born and raised in Memphis, Frances Dancy Hooks was a well-known educator and wife of NAACP executive director Benjamin Hooks. Through her work with the NAACP and other organizations, Mrs. Hooks influenced the trajectory of initiatives involving education, poverty, and women’s rights here in Memphis and throughout the nation. This presentation will focus on her life as a teacher, activist, and church member, demonstrating how her work at the intersection of African-American and women’s civil rights greatly influenced modern women’s history.

Visit the Women’s History Month 2016 Calendar of Events for a full list of events on campus. #UMemWomen



New Technology Available to Check Out

Picture1The Libraries now offer Leap motion tracking sensors and Eye Tribe eye tracking sensors for check out at the McWherter Library circulation desk. The Leap Motion sensor is analogous to a mouse; it plugs into the USB port and allows you to use your hands and fingers to interact with a computer application as a kind of touch-less mouse. The Eye Tribe sensor allows you to use your eyes to operate a web-browser. To learn more, visit the Sensors Research Guide.


Technology Training

The Libraries offers 3D printing, web design, and soldering workshops. Visit the technology tab on the Libraries’ homepage to see a full schedule of workshops.


The University Libraries Hosts Faculty Scholarship Week, April 13 – 17

College of Communication and Fine Arts’ faculty scholarship

Each year, the University Libraries at the University of Memphis hosts an exhibition of the faculty’s scholarship from the previous year. This year, Faculty Scholarship Week will be observed April 13-17. The event celebrates the outstanding research, writing, performance and other scholarly works of the University’s faculty. Faculty-authored and created publications and works in a variety of media from numerous U of M colleges and departments will be displayed in the Ned R. McWherter Library rotunda beginning at noon on Monday, April 13. The exhibition will close on Friday, April 17, at 4 p.m.

The 2015 exhibition includes scholarship from Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, College of Arts and Sciences (including Political Science, Sociology, Mathematical Sciences, Physics, Earth Sciences, English, Foreign Languages and Literature, and History), College of Communication and Fine Arts (including Architecture, Art, Communication, Music, and Theater and Dance), College of Education, Health and Human Sciences (including Counseling, Education Psychology and Research), Fogelman College of Business and Economics (including Economics, FIR, and Management Information Systems), Herff College of Engineering (including Biomedical Engineering), Loewenberg School of Nursing, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and the University Libraries.

Faculty Scholarship Week is sponsored by the University Libraries with the support of the Friends of Libraries.

For more information, contact Anna Swearengen at or 678-2744.

The University Libraries Celebrates Women’s History Month 2015

WHM Poster 2015

The University Libraries is pleased to participate in the U of M’s campus-wide celebration of Women’s History Month. See the full calendar of events here and visit the Libraries’ Women’s and Gender Studies research guide for books, articles, web sites, videos, primary documents, and other resources about women’s history and feminist issues. In addition, we have created a special research guide featuring Tennessee women who dedicated their lives to activism and service and participated in national movements for equality.

In honor of our new exhibition, “Woven Into Words: Tennessee Women Making History,” we will host a reception on Tuesday, March 3, 5:30-7:00 p.m. on the fourth floor of McWherter Library; Dr. Christine Eisel, Department of History, will share “Lessons Learned in the Archives.” Guests can explore several display cases which illustrate the impact of women like Roberta Church, Elizabeth Meriwether, Sister Hughetta Snowden, Cornelia Crenshaw, and Maxine Smith and highlight government documents relating to women’s suffrage and political history. Presented with the support of the Friends of the University Libraries.

Then, on Wednesday, March 18, 11:30 a.m., Jazmin Miller will present her original one-woman show, “The Journey of Truth,” about the life of abolitionist and activist Sojourner Truth in the rotunda of McWherter Library. Free and open to the public.

In addition to attending programs, you can participate in Women’s History Month by responding to a writing prompt and/or recognizing a woman who has helped you weave your own story (submission sheets are also available in rotunda of McWherter Library).