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Fresh Reads

Resources for CBU students, faculty, and staff to learn more about the Fresh Reads authors and books.

Author Biographies

Stephen V. Ash is a professor emeritus of history at the University of
Tennessee. He has authored or edited twelve books, most of them dealing
with the experiences of Southerners White and Black during the Civil War
and Reconstruction eras. His most recent is Rebel Richmond: Life and Death in
the Confederate Capital.

Jennifer Biggs is a veteran journalist and a native Memphian who
covered various beats before taking on food in 2003. She worked for The
Commercial Appeal
from 2000-2018, most of that time as the paper’s food
writer and dining reviewer. She was among the first to join The Daily Memphian
in mid-2018, where she is the food and dining editor and continues to
write about food and dining in Memphis.

Beverly G. Bond is an associate professor of history at the University
of Memphis. She is the co-editor of the two-volume, Tennessee Women: Their
Lives and Times
and (with Janann Sherman) of Memphis in Black and White, Beale Street,
and two books on the history of the University of Memphis. She directed,
with Susan O’Donovan, the “Memphis Massacre Project” and the two are
currently editing Remembering the Memphis Massacre: An American Story, a collection of
essays presented at the symposium commemorating the 150th anniversary of this event.

Molly Caldwell Crosby is the best-selling author of three books,
including The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, chosen as a New York
Times Editor’s Pick and Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writer’s award. Crosby
graduated from Rhodes College, holds a Master of Arts from Johns Hopkins
University, and spent several years working for National Geographic magazine.

Geoff Calkins is the sports columnist at The Daily Memphian and the host
of The Geoff Calkins Show on 92.9FM. He has been chronicling sports in
Memphis for more than two decades, has been named best sports columnist
in the country five times by the Associated Press Sports Editors, and is a
member of the Scripps-Howard Hall of Fame. His chapter is adapted from
his book of columns, After the Jump.

G. Wayne Dowdy is the senior manager of the Memphis Public
Libraries history department. He holds a master’s degree in history from
the University of Arkansas and is a certified archives manager. He is the
author of six books, including a Brief History of Memphis, Crusades for Freedom:
Memphis and the Political Transformation of the American South, Hidden History of Memphis

and On This Day in Memphis History, which was awarded a Certificate of Merit
by the Tennessee Historical Commission.

Shelby Foote (1916-2005) was an American historian and author,
who wrote Shiloh: A Novel among other works based in the south. His epic
work, The Civil War: A Narrative, a three-volume history of the American Civil
War, took him two decades to complete. With roots in the Mississippi Delta,
Foote chronicled the radical shift from the agrarian planter system of the
Old South to the Civil Rights era of the New South. He became familiar
to television viewers as a consultant on the Ken Burns’s PBS documentary
The Civil War in 1990.

Karen B. Golightly is an associate professor of English and director
of creative writing at Christian Brothers University in Memphis. She holds
an MFA in fiction and a PhD in nineteenth century British and Irish
literature. She is the director of Fresh Reads, Memphis Reads, and Paint
Memphis and well as the author of one novel, There Are Things I Know.

Aram Goudsouzian is professor of history at the University of Memphis.
He writes about race, culture, and politics in American history. His
books include The Men and the Moment: The 1968 Election and the Birth of Partisan
Politics in America
and an essay collection co-edited with Charles McKinney,
An Unseen Light: Black Struggles for Freedom in Memphis, Tennessee.

Timothy S. Huebner, the Sternberg Professor of History at Rhodes
College, is the author of Liberty and Union: The Civil War Era and American Constitutionalism.
In 2018, Prof. Huebner and his students gained national attention
when they led a collaborative effort with Calvary Episcopal Church and the
National Park Service to erect a marker at the site of the antebellum slave
mart operated by Nathan Bedford Forrest.

Charles L. Hughes is the director of the Lynne & Henry Turley
Memphis Center at Rhodes College. A historian of race, music and the
South, his acclaimed first book Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the
American South
was released in 2015. He has published and spoken widely,
and teaches courses on the region’s cultural and political history.

Earnestine Jenkins is professor of art history at the University of
Memphis. Jenkins is a visual culture historian researching the expressive
cultures-histories of peoples of African descent using comparative and
interdisciplinary methods of analysis. Research interests encompass African
American historic photography, the relationship between the arts, politics,
and leadership, nineteenth through twentieth century Ethiopia, and visual
culture studies in the urban south.

Jonathan Judaken is the Spence L. Wilson Chair in the Humanities
at Rhodes College. He is a historian of ideas whose work focuses on race
and racism and Jews and Judaism. The author, editor, or co-editor of five
books and more than fifty articles, he hosted “Counterpoint,” a monthly
interview show on WKNO-FM, NPR for the Mid-South, and now does a
weekly segment, “Spotlight on Lifelong Learning.”

Daniel Kiel is a professor at the University of Memphis Cecil C.
Humphreys School of Law and the director of the documentary film, The
Memphis 13.
He is a native Memphian and a graduate of Memphis City
Schools, the University of Texas at Austin, and Harvard Law School. His
research addresses issues of educational law and inequality, particularly in
Memphis.

Janann Sherman earned her Ph.D. in American history and politics
at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She was a professor of history at the
University of Memphis for nineteen years, the last nine of which she served
as Chair of the History Department. She is the author/co-author of eight
books, including Memphis in Black and White.

Preston Lauterbach is author of The Chitlin’ Circuit and the Road to Rock
N’ Roll, Beale Street Dynasty: Sex, Song, and the Struggle for the Soul of Memphis
,
and Bluff City: The Secret Life of Photographer Ernest Withers, and a former Virginia Humanities
fellow.

Zandria F. Robinson, PhD is a writer and sociologist whose work
focuses on race, popular culture, and the U.S. South. She is the author
of This Ain’t Chicago: Race, Class, and Regional Identity in the Post-Soul South and
co-author with Marcus Anthony Hunter of Chocolate Cities: The Black Map of American
Life
. Her work appears in Rolling Stone, Hyperallergic, Oxford American, Scalawag,
New York Times
and The Believer.

David Waters is a nationally award-winning religion journalist who
has worked for The Commercial Appeal and The Washington Post. He is currently
distinguished journalist in residence and assistant director of the Institute
for Public Service Reporting at the University of Memphis.


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