Tulane Conference On South's Troubled History Wins Award

January 14, 2005

Kathryn Hobgood
Phone: (504) 865-5210

The Deep South Regional Humanities Center at Tulane University will receive a Chair's Award from the Mississippi Humanities Council for its "Unsettling Memories" conference held last summer in Jackson, Miss. Rebecca Mark, a project director and associate professor of English, will accept the award on behalf of Tulane at the council's annual awards dinner on Feb. 4 at the Hilton Jackson.

"Unsettling Memories: Culture and Trauma in the Deep South," held in June 2004, examined the creative response of artists, musicians and writers to the traumatic events of the South's troubled racial history.

The conference was held as a memorial to civil rights workers Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and James Chaney on the 40th anniversary of their deaths, and featured presentations by writer Alice Walker, civil rights leader Myrlie Evers, blues musician Otis Taylor and award-winning visual artist William Christenberry.

"Unsettling Memories" was a joint project of Jackson State University/Margaret Walker Alexander Research Center and the Deep South Regional Humanities Center at Tulane University. The awards dinner is open to the public; for more information, call (601) 432-6752. To learn more about the Deep South Regional Humanities Center, visit

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