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.


Aug
30
Wed
Brown Bag: Writing about Family Problems in the 20th Century South by Ted Ownby @ Barnard Observatory
Aug 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Brown Bag: Writing about Family Problems in the 20th Century South by Ted Ownby @ Barnard Observatory

On Wednesday, August 30 at noon, Dr. Ted Ownby will present a Brown Bag lecture on “Writing about Family Problems and the Twentieth-Century South.”

Dr. Ownby is Center Director and Professor of History and Southern Studies.

Sep
21
Thu
Library Brown Bag: Mississippi in the Work of Sherwood Bonner @ Archives and Special Collections
Sep 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Library Brown Bag: Mississippi in the Work of Sherwood Bonner @ Archives and Special Collections | Oxford | Mississippi | United States

On Thursday, September 21, at noon Southern Studies and English professor Katie McKee will present a Brown Bag on “Mississippi in the Work of Sherwood Bonner” in the Faulkner Room, Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library.

Sep
27
Wed
Brown Bag: El Sur Latino by Simone Delerme @ Barnard Observatory
Sep 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Brown Bag: El Sur Latino by Simone Delerme @ Barnard Observatory

On Wednesday, September 27, at noon Dr. Simone Delerme will present a Brown Bag lecture on “El Sur Latino: Migration, Identity, and Incorporation.” Dr. Delerme is McMullan Assistant Professor of Southern Studies and Assistant Professor of Anthropology.

Oct
4
Wed
Brown Bag: Introducing the Do Good Fund by David Wharton and Brooke White @ Barnard Observatory
Oct 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Brown Bag: Introducing the Do Good Fund by David Wharton and Brooke White @ Barnard Observatory

David Wharton and Brooke White will introduce two new documentary photography exhibits at UM from the Do Good Fund. Dr. Wharton is Assistant Professor of Southern Studies, and Brooke White is Associate Professor of Art at the University of Mississippi.

The Do Good Fund, Inc. is a public charity based in Columbus, Georgia. Since its founding in 2012, the Fund has focused on building a museum-quality collection of photographs taken in the American South since World War II. The collection ranges from works by more than a dozen Guggenheim Fellows to images by less well-known emerging photographers working in the region.

Do Good’s mission is to make its collection of over 400 images broadly accessible through regional museums, nonprofit galleries and nontraditional venues, and to encourage complimentary, community-based programming to accompany each exhibition.

Oct
25
Wed
Brown Bag: ‘That’s for the White Folks’: Race, Culture, and (Un)Making of Place in the Rural South by Brian Foster @ Barnard Observatory
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Brown Bag: 'That's for the White Folks': Race, Culture, and (Un)Making of Place in the Rural South by Brian Foster @ Barnard Observatory

On Wednesday, October 25 at noon, Dr. Brian Foster will present a Brown Bag lecture entitled ‘That’s for the White Folks’: Race, Culture, and (Un)Making Place in the Rural South.

Dr. Foster is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Southern Studies.

Nov
1
Wed
Brown Bag: Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition by Adam Gussow @ Barnard Observatory
Nov 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Brown Bag: Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition by Adam Gussow @ Barnard Observatory

On Wednesday, November 1 at noon, Dr. Adam Gussow will discuss his new book, Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition. The book will be published in October 2017 by UNC Press.

The devil is the most charismatic and important figure in the blues tradition. He’s not just the music’s namesake (“the devil’s music”), but a shadowy presence who haunts an imagined Mississippi crossroads where, it is claimed, Delta bluesman Robert Johnson traded away his soul in exchange for extraordinary prowess on the guitar. Yet, as scholar and musician Adam Gussow argues, there is much more to the story of the devil and the blues than these cliched understandings.

In this groundbreaking study, Gussow takes the full measure of the devil’s presence. Working from original transcriptions of more than 125 recordings released during the past ninety years, Gussow explores the varied uses to which black southern blues people have put this trouble-sowing, love-wrecking, but also empowering figure. The book culminates with a bold reinterpretation of Johnson’s music and a provocative investigation of the way in which the citizens of Clarksdale, Mississippi, managed to rebrand a commercial hub as “the crossroads” in 1999, claiming Johnson and the devil as their own.

Dr. Gussow is Associate Professor of English and Southern Studies.

Nov
8
Wed
Brown Bag: Bobbie Gentry’s Odes to Mississippi by Kristine McCusker @ Barnard Observatory
Nov 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

On Wednesday, November 8 at noon, Dr. Kristine McCusker of Middle Tennessee State University will present “Bobbie Gentry’s Odes to Mississippi.”

Nov
15
Wed
Brown Bag: Politics and Poetics: Writing about the 20th Century Appalachian South by Jessie Wilkerson @ Barnard Observatory
Nov 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Brown Bag: Politics and Poetics: Writing about the 20th Century Appalachian South by Jessie Wilkerson @ Barnard Observatory

On Wednesday, November 15 at noon, Dr. Jessie Wilkerson will present a Brown Bag lecture on “Politics and Poetics: Writing about the 20th Century South.”

Dr. Wilkerson is Assistant Professor of History and Southern Studies.