Upcoming Events

Information on upcoming events will be posted here when available.


Past Events


Civil Rights Movement in Chattanooga Exhibition Opening and Panel Discussion

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Event for UTC Special Collections exhibit authored by students in Professor Eckelmann Berghel’s Modern Civil Rights Struggle class

Thursday, February 21, 2019, 3:05 PM to 4:20 PM

UTC Library, Southern Writers Room (LIB 440)

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Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers in the World War I Era

A lecture by Award-Winning Historian Dr. Chad Williams, Brandeis University

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 5:00 PM

University Center Auditorium

Contact Dr. Susan Eckelmann Berghel ( with questions

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Jared Thorne Artist Talk

Part of the Cress Gallery exhibition “The Clamor of Ordinary Things”

Monday, October 29, 2018, 5:30 - 6:30pm

Fine Arts Center, Room 356

Exhibition dates: October 29th – December 12, 2018

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Remembering Ed Johnson

A guided history at the Walnut Street Bridge

Sponsored by the Ed Johnson Project and The UTC Departments of English, History, and Africana Studies

Monday, September 24, 2018, 12:00 PM

Meet at the Great Dane Statue at the South end of the Walnut Street Bridge

Contact Tracye Pool ( with questions




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The Lynching of Ed Johnson in Chattanooga

A Critical Discussion of the History of Racial Violence in the U.S.

Featuring Award-Winning Historian Dr. Amy Wood (Illinois State University)

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Event Series Schedule:

  • Who was Ed Johnson? (Documentary Screening); Sunday, September 16, 2018, 4:00 PM Central Time; Gailor Auditorium, University of the South, Livesteam Link
  • The Lynching of Ed Johnson in Historical Perspective (Lecture); Monday, September 17, 2018, 5:00 PM Eastern Time; Derthick Hall, Room 101, UTC, Livesteam: Link
  • The Legacy of Lynching in American Life (Lecture); Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 4:30 PM Central Time; Convocation Hall, University of the South, Livesteam: Link



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Whose Streets?

UTC Visual History Film Screening with the Filmmaker Sabaah Folayan

Monday, February 19, 2018

5:00 p.m.

Derthick Hall 201

More info here.



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The Reconstruction Era - A Panel Discussion

Monday, November 6, 7:00pm

Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E M L King Blvd, Chattanooga

More info here


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A Stranger in my Homeland - Screening with Filmmaker

A film by Chloe Traicos

Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 12:00 PM

Derthick Hall 201


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4th Annual Civil War Era Lecture

Dying to Be Free: The Health Conditions of Formerly Enslaved People During the Civil War and Reconstruction

With Jim Downs of Connecticut College

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 5:30 PM

University Center Raccoon Mountain Room

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MLK Historical Walking Tour

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 4:30 PM

Starts at Union Depot Historical Marker across from the Read

Meeting location address: 158 W. MLK Boulevard

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Blood in the Water - The 1971 Attica Prison Uprising

The 4th Annual Africana Studies Lecture

With 2016 National Book Award finalist Heather Ann Thompson

Thursday, March 23, 5:30 PM

Derthick Hall 201

Free and open to all

More Info; Poster


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The Land Between - A Film by David Fedele

UTC Visual History Film Screening with the Filmmaker

Tuesday, February 14, 5:00 PM

Derthick Hall 201

Free and open to all

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Mississippi: Is This America?

UTC History Club Black History Month Documentary Film Screening

In collaboration with the UTC Multicultural Center and the UTC Film Club

Thursday, February 9, 6:00 PM

Multicultural Center in the University Center

Free and open to all, including free pizza and refreshments

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Ten Little Known Facts about the Civil War in Chattanooga

A Lecture by Mr. Sam Elliott

Monday, November 14, 2016

Doors open at 6:30 PM; lecture begins at 7:00 PM

The Camp House, 149 E Martin Luther King Blvd

More Info: Facebook 


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Historical Tour of the Tennessee Riverfront with Maury Nicely

Sponsored by the UTC History Club and Southern Adventist University

A beautiful and historic journey into the past of Chattanooga

October 13, 2016, 5:00-6:15 PM

Chestnut Street Pier

Check out pictures of the event here


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Third Annual African American History Event

May 10, 2016 -- 6:00-7:30 pm -- Bessie Smith Cultural Center

More InformationPictures + Video


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Abraham Lincoln, Emancipation, and the U.S. Colored Troops

2015-2016 Civil War Era Lecture

Dr. John David Smith

November 5, 2015


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Stories of Sherman's March

2015 UTC Civil War Era Lecture

Dr. Anne Sarah Rubin

January 21, 2015


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Between Race and Nation: Shirley Chisholm and National Politics

2014 UTC Black History Month Lecture

Dr. Anastasia Curwood

March 25, 2014


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If There is a Worse Place than Hell, I Am in It - Abraham Lincoln as a War Leader

A Lecture by Dr. Stephen Berry

November 6, 2013