Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Peter Kuryla

Confounding Brilliance

Scholars ponder Let Us Now Praise Famous Men on its seventy-fifth anniversary

In Let Us Now Praise Famous Men at 75, a transatlantic group of scholars reconsiders James Agee’s classic Depression-era account of three Alabama sharecropping families and the problem of representing them in words and images.

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Memory, Outrage, and Courage

Timothy B. Tyson updates the story of Emmett Till’s murder

In The Blood of Emmett Till, Timothy B. Tyson retells the story of a fourteen-year-old boy’s brutal murder in Mississippi, how it inspired a movement, and why his life and death still resonate today.

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From Boys to Men

Benjamin René Jordan describes how the Boy Scouts helped to define modern manhood

jordan_modernIn Modern Manhood and the Boy Scouts of America: Citizenship, Race, and the Environment, 1910-1930, Benjamin René Jordan describes how the Boy Scouts of America adapted older ideals of manhood to fit a modern nation, making adolescent boys better corporate citizens and leaders. Jordan will discuss his research at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on September 24 at 2 p.m.

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Brother Bill?

Daryl A. Carter reckons with the ambivalent racial legacy of President Bill Clinton

In Brother Bill: President Clinton and the Politics of Race and Class, historian Daryl A. Carter considers several critical episodes in the Clinton years, taking measure of the forty-second President’s racial policies and thinking, separating fact from fiction and history from memory. Carter will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16. All festival events are free and open to the public.

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Long May We Run

Michael Bess talks with Chapter 16 about Our Grandchildren Redesigned, a speculative look at the near future

January 20, 2016 Historian of technology Michael Bess talks with Chapter 16 about the human relationship to machines, representations of the future in science fiction, the problem of labor and work in a bioengineered society, and what it will mean to be human in the coming decades. His new book is Our Grandchildren Redesigned: Life in the Bioengineered Society of the Near Future.

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Hands Off

Meddling is philosopher John Lachs’s plea for the freedom that comes from leaving others alone

October 15, 2015 With Meddling: On the Virtues of Leaving Others Alone, John Lachs offers a defense of libertarian values that is full of workaday examples in a very readable form. Lachs will give a reading at Parnassus Books in Nashville on October 22, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

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