KU in Wichita

This year's presentation:

The Emmett Till Memory Project

Dave Tell, Associate Professor of Communications Studies, University of Kansas

THU MARCH 29, 7:00 P.M.

Wichita Museum of Art

Please RSVP by March 22 to 785-864-4760.

Where was Emmett Till killed? While the question has never been settled, it has always been lucrative. In the sixty-two years since Till was killed, the murder site has moved several times. This talk follows the murder site around the Delta, attending to the racial politics and financial payouts associated with each possible site. The talk concludes with an overview of the Emmett Till Memory Project, a collaborative, digital attempt to commemorate Till’s murder and address, once and for all, the elusive question of where Till was killed.

Dave Tell is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas. His work on the commemoration of the Emmett Till murder has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and the BBC. Dr. Tell is the Director and Cofounder of the Emmett Till Memory Project (ETMP) - a project to commemorate the sites of Till’s murder in the Mississippi Delta. The ETMP is supported by the Till family foundation, the State of Mississippi, the Mississippi Humanities Council, and the Emmett Till Interpretive Center in Sumner, MS. A Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Dr. Tell is author of Remembering Emmett Till, forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press. The book tells the sometimes inspiring, often-times heartbreaking, always unlikely stories of how Till’s murder has been commemorated in the Mississippi Delta.

 

The Hall Center's public outreach efforts are designed to demonstrate that it is precisely the humanities that are relevant and instructive to the fundamental issues we deal with as individuals and communities. As part of our commitment to this ideal, the Center sponsors KU in Wichita, which brings the scholarship of faculty at KU's Lawrence campus outside the borders of Lawrence.

Faculty have spoken on a wide range of topics, including the efficacy of Margaret Thatcher's leadership, the reception of poet John Keats in America, Mark Twain and his disapproval of the  American invasion of the Philippines, and Abraham Lincoln's campaign trail.

This event is made possible by the generous support of the Lattner Family Foundation, and is co-sponsored by the KU Alumni Association and its Wichita Chapter.


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