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Memory & Identity at the Elite Tombs of Amarna

 Please join the Egyptology Graduate Student Association on Tuesday evening, February 21st, in the University Center Theater (rm. 145), on the main campus of the University of Memphis, for a FREE public lecture by Dr. Gay Robins. A reception to meet the speaker will precede the talk.

Dr. Robins is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Art History at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is also faculty consultant for ancient Egyptian Art at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory.  She will share her insights on how the art of the Amarna period tombs helped to perpetuate the identity and memory of the dead.

For more information, visit the IEAA web site at or contact the IEAA at 901.678.2555.

This special event is sponsored by the EGSA, the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, and Department of History of the University of Memphis.


Monday, February 20, 4-6pm
Memphis Made Brewing
768 Cooper Street

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Want to advocate for the arts but don't know where to start?

Join ArtsMemphis, artists, arts organizations, friends and supporters from across the MidSouth for an afternoon of arts advocacy on President’s Day to show your support for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

Why do the arts matter to you? 
We want to send your message to Congress though postcards, calls, and videos but we need your help.

Legislators on Capitol Hill will begin working on the federal budget this spring. Receiving a swarm of constituent mail can greatly impact the way a legislator votes on a particular issue. Our postcard campaign will be a powerful advocacy tool in the fight to keep arts support in the national budget.

We will provide the information that supports our position and how this issue affects Memphis. You provide the information on how it affects you personally.

The arts are a great investment for Tennessee taxpayers. The National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) is the single largest national funder of the nonprofit arts in the U.S. In 2016, the NEA made approximately $1.3 million in grants across Tennessee, including several big grants to small, rural communities and an unrestricted gift to the Tennessee Arts Commission of almost $800,000. For every $1 that the NEA invests in our communities, an additional $9 in state, local, and private funding follows.

The relative cost to taxpayers is practically negligible. The NEA's total annual budget is $150 million -- about 0.003% of the total U.S. federal budget. The total cost to each American taxpayer to fund the NEA every year is 46 cents -- but that produces a cumulative economic impact across the country of $135 billion in arts and culture-related investment and jobs.

All of that creativity creates millions of great jobs that we can't afford to lose! There are 48,851 arts-related jobs in Tennessee -- more than the Memphis-area employment of FedEx, AutoZone, International Paper, and St. Jude combined. Across the United States, the arts employ more than 4 million people.
Valerie June Comes Home
(image) She’s back with a new album, a new band, and new attitude.

Valerie June announced her return with "Shakedown," a hill-country drone textured with keys and handclaps over a minimal, driving beat. The song stays coiled like a spring until the bridge, where the band cuts loose for a few wailing bars before settling back into the swing.

The Valerie June who is sporting glamorous polka dot slacks and a gold, low-slung electric guitar is very different from the woman who, only a few short years ago, was strumming an acoustic and singing her tunes in Midtown's Java Cabana. But she says the songs she sings on her new album, The Order of Time, have their roots in the Bluff City. "I wrote the songs over the course of 10 or 12 years. Some when I was living in Memphis, some when I was on the road, some when I was in Brooklyn, and some when I was off in different places. That was about a decade of my life. It all takes time."

Her songs emerge intuitively, bubbling up from her subconscious. "Normally, I just write by hanging out and being around. As I'm living my life, I hear voices. The voices come and they sing me the songs, and I sing you the songs. I sing what I hear."

"Astral Plane" highlights a new confidence in her voice, which ranges from thin and ethereal to a soaring mezzo-soprano. She says during the six-month recording process for The Order of Time, which ranged from Vermont to Brooklyn to her parents' living room in Humboldt, Tennessee, she found her footing as a bandleader.

"I had a lot more confidence in the studio than I did with Pushing Against a Stone. That was my first record, so I was still in a place of learning what being in the studio was really supposed to be like. I learned from some pros. So by the time I hit the studio this time, I was like 'Yeah! I'm ready! Let's go! I'm going to express myself, say what's on my mind, dance, and have fun.' Before I was more quiet and reserved. So it's two very different approaches. "On this record, you hear the musicians learning how I speak. I don't read or write music, so I just have to tell them in colors and feelings and ideas, kind of getting them in the places where they can really absorb the songs. When I get the songs, I go to places. They take me places. I wrote my favorite songs in Memphis, and some of them are on this record. Some of them were in dream states, some were in waking states. These are beautiful places where the songs take me, and I have to take the musicians there with me in order to be able to get them to feel it so much that they can work with me."

Valerie June recently kicked off a year on the road with sold-out shows in London and Paris, but the excitement of the new record is tempered with loss. On the same day, she lost both her father, music promoter Emerson Hockett ("He was amazing. He was so good, and he encouraged me all the time. He would run down to Memphis just to be with me.") and one of her musical mentors, soul legend Sharon Jones. "It's been a lot of loss in the last couple of months."

On Friday, Feb. 17th, Valerie June will return to Memphis with a show at the Hi-Tone. "Please just tell Memphis that I love them. I love them very much, and I wouldn't be who I am and where I am today without Memphis."

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