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Samuel H. Shannon Distinguished Lecture Series

Expanding Our Intellectual Community

globeThe Shannon Lecture Series is named in honor of Dr. Samuel H. Shannon (1934-2003), who served on the TSU history faculty for over 30 years. Dr. Shannon was an accomplished scholar and contributed to the intellectual life of the university by regularly inviting distinguished colleagues to campus to provide guest lectures for students and faculty. Under his leadership, the department's lecture series evolved from a voluntary effort to a funded program of the university.

The goal of the Lecture Series is to bring to the university scholars who exemplify excellence in teaching and scholarship in the fields of history, geography, and political science. The series supports students by enriching classroom learning, connects faculty members with colleagues in their disciplines, and serves the local community by bringing speakers of national renown to Nashville.

In each of these goals, the lecture series strives to realize the vision of Dr. Shannon that the university becomes an inquiring, creative, and collaborative community of student and faculty scholars.


"'Whither Now and Why?' Taking Up W.E.B. Du Bois' Poignant Queries"
Dr. Lucius T. Outlaw (Jr.), Professor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University
February 24, 2016, 12:45 PM, Room 163, Research and Sponsored Programs Building

"Dreaming Up the Blues: The Birth of Transatlantic Blues Scholarship"
Dr. Christian O'Connell, Senior Lecturer in American History, the University of Gloucestershire, UK.
March 24, 2016, 12:45 PM, Room 163, Research and Sponsored Programs Building

"Black Youth Activism and the Reconstruction of America: Leaders, Organization, and Tactics in the 20th Century and Beyond"
Dr. Sekou Franklin, Associate Professor of Political Science, Middle Tennessee State University
April 6, 2016, 12:45 PM, TBD

"The Strangest Tribe: U.S. Soldiers and Iraqi Culture on the Battlefield"
Katherine B. Carroll, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Vanderbilt University
April 26, 2016, 12:45 PM, Room I63, Research and Sponsored Programs Building



Dr. Joseph White, Fellow at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies
“The Allies and the Holocaust” (October 17, 2013).
Dr. Garrett Harper, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
“The Future of Work and the Nashville Market" (March 5, 2014).
Dr. Minoa Uffelman, Associate Professor of History at Austin Peay University
"Virginia Moore: Southern Progressive" (March 26, 2014).
Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
“Guilty Until Statistically Proven Innocent: How Data Destroyed the Promise of Civil Rights” (April 15, 2014).