McPherson-Mitchell Lecture Series

McPherson-Mitchell Lecture Series

2023 McPherson-Mitchell Lecture

The Clotilda, America’s Last Slave Ship, and Africatown, the Community the Survivors Built

The 2023 McPherson-Mitchell Lecture was funded, in part, by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Alabama Humanities Alliance

Monday, March 6, 6pm, Claudia Crosby Theater 

Film Screening of Afrikan by Way of American and Discussion with Producer Theo M. Moore II (BS ’12, MS ’16)

Tuesday, March 7, 6pm, Claudia Crosby Theater (Reception at 5:30 in lobby)

Roundtable Discussion with:

Ben Raines: journalist; Author, The Last Slave Ship: The True Story of How Clotilda Was Found, Her Descendants, and an Extraordinary Reckoning

Jeremy Ellis: President, Clotilda Descendants Association 

Theo M. Moore II (BS ’12, MS ‘16): Executive Director, Hiztorical Visions Productions; Producer, Afrikan by Way of American

Stacye Hathorn: State Archeologist, Alabama Historical Commission
Walter Givhan: Alabama Historical Commission

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Kevin M. Levin

Freelance Professional Speaker, Independent Historian

Author of Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War's Most Persistent Myth

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Dr. Sylviane Diouf

Independent Historian

"The Clotilda, Africa Town, and Beyond"


Dr. Hardy Jackson

Eminent Professor of History Emeritus at Jacksonville State University

"The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera" 


Dr. Deidra Suwanee Dees

Director and Tribal Archivist of the Office of Archives and Records Management, Poarch Band of Creek Indians

"Discovering Lost Treasures: The Muscogee Education Movement's Influence on Archival Acquisitions at the Poarch Band of Creek Indians"


Dr. Arlene W. Keeling

PhD, RN, FAAN, University of Virginia,  Centennial Distinguished Professor of Nursing and Assistant Director of the Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Historical Nursing Inquiry

“Providing Care in the ‘Hoot Owl Hollers’: The Frontier Nursing Service, 1925-1950”


Dr. James C. Cobb

B. Phinizy Spalding Professor History, University of Georgia

"The South is Where You Find It: Contours of Southern Identity, Old and New"


Dr. Kenneth Noe

Draughon Professor of Southern History, Auburn University

"The Yellowhammer War: Revisiting Alabama's Civil War at the Sesquicentennial"


Dr. Jennifer Garlan

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"When Hollywood Whistles Dixie: A Celluloid History of the South"


Dr. Raymond O. Arsenault

John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History, University of South Florida

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Congressman John Lewis

U.S. Representative

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Dr. Paul Sutter

Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder

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Dr. James L. Roark

Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of American History, Emory University

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Dr. Margaret Humphreys

Josiah Charles Trent Professor of the History of Medicine and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine,  Duke University

"The South's Secret Weapons: Disease, Environment, and the Civil War"


Dr. Stephanie Yuhl

Associate Professor of History, College of the Holy Cross

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Dr. Fred Bailey

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Dr. Wayne Flynt

Professor, Auburn University

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