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Run With Me: Contemporary Portraits of the Underground Railroad

  • University of Memphis, University Center 499 University Street Memphis, TN, 38152 United States (map)

Panel Discussion: “Run With Me”: Contemporary Portraits of the Underground Railroad
Featuring Dr. Shelby Crosby (English), Dr. Brian Kwoba (History), and Mr. Corey Reed (Philosophy PhD Student)
Thursday, September 27, 2018 • 6:00 PM
Fountain View Room, 350 University Center, University of Memphis Campus
Convenient parking in Zach Curlin Garage
Pizza and drinks will be served.

Explore portrayals of the underground railroad, past and present. This panel considers a variety of portraits of the underground railroad, paying special attention to why it is such a durable metaphor in American memory. It is part of the annual citywide Memphis Reads program, whose 2018 book selection, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, imagines the the underground railroad as a literal railroad to different racial regimes in a fictional antebellum American South.

Sponsored by: Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, University of Memphis African and African American Studies, University of Memphis African American Literature Concentration, Memphis Reads, International Paper, and Follett. This project is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee. It is also funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Tennessee Arts Commission. For more information, go to