Crossing Over: Borders & Bridges
Kentucky-Tennessee American Studies Association (KTASA) Biennial Conference
May 16 & 17, 2014 in Murfreesboro, TN
At the Heritage Center of Murfreesboro & Rutherford County
In partnership with the Center for Historic Preservation, MTSU
The papers in this conference examine how borders and bridges, real or imaginary, shape the American experience broadly understood. Our presenters creatively explore the meaning of crossing over, whether politically, culturally, economically, or socially, from a cross-disciplinary, American studies perspective.
keynote event: A screening of a new film from California Newsreel, Anne Braden: Southern Patriot. Braden was a journalist and life long civil rights activist from Kentucky. Filmmaker Mimi Pickering from Appalshop will be on hand to comment and answer questions.
special exhibit: Bittersweet Harvest, The Bracero Program, 1942-1964, Smithsonian traveling exhibit
special KTASA member exhibit: “Louisville’s African American Firefighters during the Segregation Years, 1923 to 1954” by Bruce M. Tyler, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Louisville
FRIDAY DINNER: 6:30 to 8:30 at the Gondolier Restaurant; 219 NW Broad Street, Murfreesboro, TN (615) 396-8484; locally owned Italian restaurant with vegetarian options available
PARKING: City Hall Parking Garage, corner of W. Vine Street & S. Church Street
CONFERENCE LOCATION: Conveniently located 30 miles southeast of Nashville, Murfreesboro is the home of Middle Tennessee State University. Conference sessions will take place at The Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County, a living heritage museum and orientation center administered by staff and students of the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation and the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Murfreesboro offers many convenient and comfortable lodging options. For a complete list, go to the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce’s website for hotel listings at http://www.rutherfordchamber.org/Hotels-Motels.