Brown Bag Lectures (including performances, film screenings, and panel discussions) occur select days at noon during the fall and spring semesters in Barnard Observatory’s lecture hall, the Tupelo Room.

Click here for a printable poster of the Spring 2017 Brown Bags.

Brown Bag Lecture: Mary Battle on Slavery and Public History in Charleston @ Barnard Observatory
Feb 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Mary-Battle-LDHIIn this presentation, Dr. Mary Battle describes challenges and opportunities for promoting public awareness of the history of slavery and its race and class legacies in Charleston, South Carolina. Battle’s research focuses on underrepresented histories in Charleston’s twenty-first century historic tourism landscape. Until January 2017, she worked as the Public Historian at the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, and as the Co-Director of the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative. Battle has recently taken a position as a content developer with Ralph Appelbaum Associates, the museum firm charged with developing the upcoming International African American Museum (IAAM) in downtown Charleston.

Battle received her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts from Emory University, and her M.A. in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi.  Her dissertation examines changing representations of the history of slavery within Charleston, South Carolina’s highly trafficked tourism landscape in the twenty-first century.  Her research interests include: public history, digital humanities, oral history, American Studies, Atlantic World history, history of the South Carolina Lowcountry.

This is a special Monday Brown Bag.

Brown Bag Lecture: Kathleen Bond on Slavery and Public History in Natchez @ Barnard Observatory
Mar 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

“William Johnson, Diarist: Concepts of Race and Class in Our Understanding of Old Natchez”

The series of personal journals maintained between 1835 and 1851 by Natchez barber William Johnson, a free man of color, provide valuable and fascinating insights into the complex world of a prosperous Mississippi river town in the years before the Civil War. In her talk, Kathleen Bond will discuss how Johnson’s reporting of local, everyday life illuminates our understanding of politics, codes of honor, economics, gender roles, and recreation, and sheds some light into the mind of the diarist himself.

Bond is the Superintendent of the Natchez National Historical Park.

Brown Bags occur select Wednesdays throughout the school year in the Tupelo Room of Barnard Observatory.

Brown Bag Lecture: Benjamin DuPriest on Musical Pasts and Presents in the American South @ Barnard Observatory
Mar 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Ben DuPriest is a Ph.D. candidate in ethnomusicology at the University of Pennsylvania. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, he earned an MA in historical musicology from the University of Georgia in Athens, where he lived, trained, and worked as a drummer and line cook.

His work examines the entanglement of musical pasts and presents in the American South, particularly with respect to issues of race, region, and genre in popular and folk musics. Using the modern-day Mississippi blues scene as an ethnographic case study, his dissertation research addresses ideas about cultural heritage, divergent historical consciousnesses, and the gravity of these phenomena on mechanisms of contemporary musicking.

Brown Bags occur on select Wednesdays during the school year in the Tupelo Room of Barnard Observatory.

Brown Bag Lecture: Carter Dalton Lyon on Sanctuaries of Segregation @ Barnard Observatory
Mar 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Carter_Dalton_LyonCarter Dalton Lyon presents “Sanctuaries of Segregation: The Story of the Jackson Church Visit Campaign.”

In 2010, Lyon completed his PhD dissertation, “Lifting the Color Bar from the House of God: The 1963-1964 Church Visit Campaign to Challenge Segregated Sanctuaries in Jackson, Mississippi,” which examines a civil rights campaign by students and faculty at Tougaloo College to engage in interracial dialogue and worship with white Christians in Mississippi’s capital city during the 1960s. He has taught at St. Mary’s Episcopal School in Memphis since the Fall 2011. He oversees the history curriculum as chair of the History Department and teaches AP U.S. and Honors U.S. History to the sophomore class.

Brown Bags occur on select Wednesdays during the school year in the Tupelo Room of Barnard Observatory.

Radical South Brown Bag Lecture: Ellen Spears on Baptized in PCBs: Race, Pollution, and Justice in an All-American Town @ Barnard Observatory
Apr 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

spears“Writing Histories of Environmentalism in the US South”

Building on histories of environmental activism in the southern US, Ellen Griffith Spears’s talk explores the challenges facing American environmentalism in 2017.

Spears is an associate professor in the interdisciplinary New College and the Department of American Studies at the University of Alabama. Her research is broadly interdisciplinary, combining environmental and civil rights history with studies of science, technology, and public health. Her book, Baptized in PCBs: Race, Pollution, and Justice in an All-American Town, published in 2014 by the University of North Carolina Press, explores key questions faced by communities that seek to address systemic class and race inequalities and to tackle toxic pollution.

This is a special Thursday Brown Bag Lecture.

Radical South Brown Bag: Byron D’Andra Orey on Implicit Bias @ Barnard Observatory
Apr 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Byron D’Andra Orey, Professor of Political Science at Jackson State University, will present a Brown Bag lecture on Wednesday, April 12 at noon in Barnard Observatory.

Dr. Orey’s talk will be “Does the Confederate Flag Make You Sick?”
Recently, a plaintiff filed a federal court case alleging that seeing the Confederate flag caused him harm. Using methods derived from psychophysiology, this research systematically examines individuals’ physiological and subconscious responses to the Confederate flag to empirically test whether viewing the flag results in a negative response.  

Byron D’Andra Orey is Professor of Political Science at Jackson State University. His research interests are in political psychology, bio-politics and race and politics. He has published over thirty scholarly articles and book chapters and participated in over 100 professional conferences. He has received roughly $500,000 in grants for his research. As a professor he was selected as the national Teacher of the Year in 2008 and the Mentor of the year in 2011 by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. D’Andra currently serves on the Executive Committees of the American Political Science Association, Southern Political Science Association and Pi Sigma Alpha. He also served on the Committee on the Status of Blacks in the Profession (APSA) and currently serves on the editorial boards for State Politics & Policy Quarterly, the Journal of Race and Policy and the Pi Sigma Alpha undergraduate journal. He holds a B.S., in Business Administration from Mississippi Valley State University, a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Mississippi, A Master’s of Political Science from the University of New York at Stony Brook and a PhD from the University of New Orleans in Political Science.

Radical South Brown Bag: Wesley Hogan on Documenting Southern Activists @ Barnard Observatory
Apr 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Dr. Wesley Hogan of Duke University will present a Brown Bag talk at noon on Monday, April 17 as part of the Radical South Brown Bag series.

Wesley Hogan is the director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and teaches the history of youth social movements, African American history, women’s history and oral history. Her book on SNCC, Many Minds, One Heart: SNCC and the Dream for a New America (2007), won the Lillian Smith Book Award, the Scott-Bills Memorial Prize for best work in peace history, and the Library of Virginia nonfiction literary award. She was the co-director of the Institute for the Study of Race Relations at Virginia State University from 2006-2009, whose mission is to bring together community organizers, researchers, and young leaders to promote healthy communities. Between 2004-2008, she was active with the project bringing together the Algebra Project, the Young People’s Project and the Petersburg City Public Schools, and coordinated an oral history project of the civil rights movement in Petersburg. She is currently working on a post-1960s history of young people organizing in the spirit of Ella Baker, and co-facilitates a partnership between the SNCC Legacy Project and Duke, “One Person, One Vote-The Legacy of SNCC and the Fight for Voting Rights,” whose purpose is to bring the grassroots stories of the civil rights movement to a much wider public through a web portal, K12 initiative, and set of critical oral histories.

Radical South Brown Bag Lecture: Eva Walton Kendrick on the Human Rights Campaign @ Barnard Observatory
Apr 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

evakendrickEva Walton Kendrick

“Lobbying the Heart of Dixie: LGBTQ Advocacy in the Alabama State House”

As we look ahead to a Trump administration, achieving state nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ Alabamians is more critical than ever. Eva Kendrick will discuss the realities she and her staff have faced and lessons learned in their work to achieve full legal equality for LGBTQ Alabamians.

Eva Walton Kendrick serves as the Human Rights Campaign’s Alabama State Manager. Kendrick holds an MA in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi and a BA in Southern Studies from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Her research interests include twentieth-century social history, religious history, and social movements. Kendrick joined the staff of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest civil rights organization work to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Americans, in 2014. In her current role, Kendrick leads the state staff in their work to achieve full legal equality for LGBTQ Alabamians, while changing institutions—and hearts and minds— through engagement with corporate and healthcare partners, faith outreach, and community development. Kendrick lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her wife, Kathryn Kendrick.

Brown Bag Lectures occurs on select Wednesdays during the school year in the Tupelo Room of Barnard Observatory.