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Upchurch Represents EGSC at NEH Summer Institute on Civil Rights

Upchurch Represents EGSC at NEH Summer Institute on Civil Rights

by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 13, 2014
Last Edited: October 20, 2014 by Norma Kennedy
Upchurch Represents EGSC at NEH Summer Institute on Civil Rights

 Dr. Tommy Upchurch, Associate Professor of History, attended a National Endowment for the Humanities workshop called “Finding Mississippi in the National Civil Rights Narrative” at Jackson State University . The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute—a civil rights advocacy group founded at a Harvard University meeting in 1997—sponsored the program and selected 25 scholars from universities and colleges across the United States to participate in it.   The three-week seminar consisted of lectures by distinguished historians and sociologists from the University of Chicago, Cornell University, the Ohio State University, DePauw University, and SUNY Geneseo, among others, as well as field trips to historic civil rights sites in Mississippi and Tennessee, including the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.   Dr. Upchurch made presentations on the teaching of civil rights history and the publishing of books in African American history, and contributed daily to round table and conference panel discussions.   The program concluded with the celebration of one of the major milestones of the Civil Rights Movement—the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer in Jackson.   Dr. Upchurch said of the summer workshop, “This has been one of the most profound experiences of my teaching career and one of the most memorable experiences of my life.”