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


Information about upcoming events will be posted here when available.   


Past Events


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Becoming Taiwanese:

Religious Festivals and Ethnogenesis in Colonial Jilong

A lecture by Dr. Evan Dawley, Assistant Professor of History at Goucher College

Sponsored by the Department of History with support from the UTC Humanities Program, Asia Program, and College of Arts and Sciences 

Friday, April 5, 11:00 AM

University Center, Chattanooga Room A

More info



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Joe Hill Road Show:

A Musical History of Joe Hill and the Early Labor Movement 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 6:00-7:30 pm

UTC Multicultural Center (in the University Center)

Free and open to the public

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Women Also Know History: Women and Historical Agency

A lecture by Karin Wulf, Professor of History and Director of the Omohundro Institute at William & Mary

Sponsored by the Provost's Equity and Diversity Grant, UTC Library, and Departments of History and Art 

Tuesday, March 26, 5:00 PM, Derthick Hall 201 

More info


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Women + Expertise

A lecture and event series supported by the Provost's Equity and Diversity Grant

With support from the UTC Library and Departments of History and Art 

Events daily, March 25-28, 2019

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Tuesday, March 26, 12:15 PM, UTC Library 321

More info


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The Relevance of Historical Fiction: How a French Scholar Ended Up as a Novelist

A lecture by PSU Professor Emerita & Writer Claudine Fisher

March 6, 2019, 5:00 PM

540 McCallie Ave., Room 103

Sponsored by the UTC Departments of Modern & Classical Language and Literature, History, and English



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)

More Information


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WWI Centennial Events

Concerts, lectures, exhibits and more are taking place on campus this fall, joining with events across the country.

  • Discussions explore everything from philosophy to literature to nursing to chemistry of World War I. Events highlight the impact of both African- and Hispanic-Americans on the war.

  • Five UC students fought and died in World War I. This fall, a plaque will be dedicated in Patten Chapel in their honor.

  • November's "A View from the Trenches" concert debuts works written by UTC faculty Jonathan McNair, inspired by poetry from WWI.

  • More information and the schedule of events


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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

More info




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The Second American Revolution, 1865-1870: Putting Civil Rights into the U.S. Constitution

A lecture by Dr. Paul Finkelman 

National Park Partners 2018 Moccasin Bend Lecture Series

Monday, November 5, 2018 7:00 PM (doors open at 5:00 PM)

Bessie Smith Cultural Center (200 E. M.L King Blvd.)

More Info


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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

More info





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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)

More Info

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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Shoah in the Shtetl:  UTC Holocaust Lecture

Jeffrey Veidlinger, University of Michigan

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

5:00 PM

Derthick Hall 201

More info here


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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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Lincoln Park, Chattanooga - Student Films

Monday, January 22, 2018, 5:30 PM

Derthick Hall 201


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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 1, 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

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Hunting Ground

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Film Screening

Thursday, April 13, 6:00 PM

UTC Multicultural Center

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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: 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