The History Department hosts several annual lecture series and events, including the Holocaust, Visual History, and Civil War Lectures; an Alumni & Friends event; and events sponsored by the History Club and Phi Alpha Theta.

Upcoming Events

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Lincoln Park, Chattanooga - Student Films

Monday, January 22, 2018, 5:30 PM

Derthick Hall 201



Past Events


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What Tomorrow Brings - Film Screening

Go inside the first girs' school in a small Afghan village

Sponsored by the UTC History Club

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 6:00 PM

Multicultural Center (in the University Center)

More on the film 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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Student Films about the Holocaust

UTC students in Germany and Poland

Friday, April 21, 5:00 PM

Derthick Hall 201

More Info





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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

More Info



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Hunting Ground

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Film Screening

Thursday, April 13, 6:00 PM

UTC Multicultural Center

More Info





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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

More Info




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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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Peace Unveiled

A documentary screening in celebration of Women's History Month

Presented by the History Club and the Multicultural Center

Thursday, March 9, 6:00 PM

Multicultural Center (in the University Center)

Free and open to all -- including pizza and refreshments

More Info



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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

More Info





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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

More Info

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Righteous Transgressions: Women's Activism on the Israeli and Palestinian Religious Right

A Lecture by Prof. Lihi Ben Shitrit

Friday, November 18, 2016 at 1:00 PM, Derthick Hall 201

Free and open to all

More Info

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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: Friends of Moccasin Bend National Park, Facebook

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Screaming Queens

A documentary screening sponsored by the UTC History Club and Spectrum

November 10, 2016, 5:30 PM

Multicultural Center, UC

Screening followed by a discussion with UTC history professor Dr. William Kuby

Free and open to all


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The Youngest Children in Buchenwald

2016 Holocaust Lecture

Julius Maslovat, child survivor of the Buchenwald and Bergen Belsen camps

Kenneth Waltzer, Professor of History Emeritus at Michigan State University and former Director of Jewish Studies

October 24, 2016, 5:30 PM

Derthick Hall 101

Free and open to all

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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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The U.S. and the World: Foreign Policy and the 2016 Presidential Election

A Roundtable Discussion with UTC's History Faculty

October 5, 2016, 5:30 PM

Derthick Hall 101

More Information

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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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The Syrian Refugee Crisis and American Immigration Policies

Dr. Annie Tracy Samuel

Sponsored by the UTC History Club and Euphrates Chapter

January 25, 2016

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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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Return: Or How Does One Photograph an Absence?

2015-2016 UTC Visual History Lecture

Sylvia De Swaan

October 12, 2015

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Race and Rescue: The United States and the Refugee Crisis, 1933-1945

2015 Holocaust Lecture

Dr. Barry Trachtenberg

September 10, 2015

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The Cats of Mirikatani - A Film by Linda Hattendorf

2015 UTC Visual History Film Series

March 30, 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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Preserving Jewish Memory in Eastern Europe: Holocaust Education in the Twenty-First Century

2014 UTC Holocaust Lecture

Edward Serotta

October 14, 2014

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Hollywood's Great War

A public lecture in observance of the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War

Dr. Pearl James

October 6, 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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The Fate of the Hungarian Jewish Community during the Holocaust and after Liberation

UTC Holocaust Lecture

Tamas Stark

February 24, 2014

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Eastern Europe in Transition

2014 UTC Visual History Film Series

January 23, February 3, & March 27, 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

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The Second World War and the Holocaust - New Perspectives

2013 UTC Visual History Film Series

January 28, February 26, & March 26, 2013