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.


Jan
31
Wed
Brown Bag: “Telling Our Stories – The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum” @ Barnard Observatory
Jan 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Brown Bag: "Telling Our Stories - The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum" @ Barnard Observatory | Oxford | Mississippi | United States

January 31 at noon

Katie Blount and Michael Morris

“Telling Our Stories: The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum”

Katie Blount, director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and Michael Morris, from the department’s Programs and Communication Office, will discuss the opening of the two new museums in downtown Jackson and their role in presenting history.

Katie Blount began her career at the Department of Archives and History in 1994 and became director in 2015. She earned her BA from the University of Michigan in English and history and her MA in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi. She lives in Jackson with her husband and their two children.

Michael Morris has served as a public information officer at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History since 2016. Previously, Morris served as a research assistant at the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute on Citizenship and Democracy. He earned his BA in history and his MA in political science from Jackson State University. Morris is a life-long resident of Jackson, Mississippi.

Feb
7
Wed
Brown Bag: “Two Sides of the Same Diaspora: A Look at Sites of Slavery in Holly Springs, MS and Bimbia, Cameroon” @ Barnard Observatory
Feb 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Brown Bag: "Two Sides of the Same Diaspora: A Look at Sites of Slavery in Holly Springs, MS and Bimbia, Cameroon" @ Barnard Observatory

FEBRUARY 7 at noon

Jodi Skipper

“Two Sides of the Same Diaspora: A Look at Sites of Slavery in Holly Springs, Mississippi, and Bimbia, Cameroon”

Jodi Skipper is associate professor of anthropology and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi. She received her BA in history from Grambling State University, her MA from Florida State University, and her PhD from University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation investigated the application of public archaeology and other methods of historic preservation at the historic St. Paul United Methodist Church community, located in the downtown Dallas Arts District. She joined the faculty at the University of Mississippi in 2011, where she currently teaches a course on US southern heritage tourism and the introductory archaeology and biological anthropology course.

Feb
14
Wed
Brown Bag: “Valentine to Carolina” Film Screening @ Barnard Observatory
Feb 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Brown Bag: "Valentine to Carolina" Film Screening @ Barnard Observatory

FEBRUARY 14 at noon

Ava Lowrey
“Valentine to Carolina”

Filmmaker Ava Lowrey presents two films highlighting the varying food cultures of North Carolina. Her films All Fried: Carolina Fish Camps and Siler City explore how newcomers to the region use food to create communal spaces.

Lowrey is the Pihakis Foodways Documentary Filmmaker. She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and in May of 2015 she completed her MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University. Ava has been featured in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and on CNN, and her short documentaries have screened at festivals across the country. A native of Alexander City, Alabama, Lowrey’s films often focus on her southern roots, sharing untold stories centered in the South.

Mar
7
Wed
Brown Bag: “A Shrine for the State: Franklin D. Roosevelt, the New Deal, and Religious Remembrance at Warm Springs, Georgia” @ Barnard Observatory
Mar 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Brown Bag: "A Shrine for the State: Franklin D. Roosevelt, the New Deal, and Religious Remembrance at Warm Springs, Georgia" @ Barnard Observatory

MARCH 7 at noon 

Darren Grem
“A Shrine for the State: Franklin D. Roosevelt, the New Deal, and Religious Remembrance at Warm Springs, Georgia”

Focusing on Warm Springs, Georgia, where Franklin D. Roosevelt died in April, 1945, this talk will detail how New Dealers and other liberals memorialized their approach toward the federal state, business, race, and gender through religious language and imagery.

Grem is assistant professor of history and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi. His research sits at the intersection of southern studies, business history, cultural history, and political history. His first book, The Blessings of Business: How Corporations Shaped Conservative Christianity, was published by Oxford University Press in 2016. His current book project is tentatively titled Hard Times, USA: The Great Depression in American Memory.

Mar
21
Wed
Brown Bag: Charles Reagan Wilson @ Barnard Observatory
Mar 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Brown Bag: Charles Reagan Wilson @ Barnard Observatory

FEBRUARY 21 at noon

Charles Reagan Wilson will present a Brown Bag lecture on his current research.

Mar
28
Wed
Brown Bag: “Writing Histories of Environmentalism in the U.S. South” @ Barnard Observatory
Mar 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

MARCH 28 at noon

Ellen Spears
“Writing Histories of Environmentalism in the US South”

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

 

Apr
4
Wed
Brown Bag: “New Orleans and the New Southern Food Movement” @ Barnard Observatory
Apr 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Brown Bag: "New Orleans and the New Southern Food Movement" @ Barnard Observatory

APRIL 4 at noon

Catarina Passidomo
“New Orleans and the New Southern Food Movement”

Passidomo has a joint appointment in anthropology and Southern Studies, and works closely with the Southern Foodways Alliance. Her research interests include Southern foodways, critical race studies, social justice, food systems, social movements, and the connections between food and culture, identity, space and power. She holds a PhD in human geography from the University of Georgia, an MA in ecological anthropology from the University of Georgia, and a BA in sociology and anthropology from Washington and Lee University.

Apr
11
Wed
Brown Bag: “‘Cautious but Solid Character’: Southern Feminists and the State” @ Barnard Observatory
Apr 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

APRIL 11 at noon

Jennifer Bingo Gunter
“‘Cautious but Solid Character’: Southern Feminists and the State”

Gunter’s talk is an investigation of the interactions of feminists and the state from 1966 through 1985. Nationally, women cooperated with officials of state agencies to push their agenda of self-sovereignty. Inspired by the Second Wave of the women’s movement, southern women worked with the state and manipulated state reactions to suit their needs.

Jennifer “Bingo” Gunter is a historian who specializes in the intersections of gender, race, health, law, and activism. Her upbringing by a feminist in Mississippi has led her to focus on inequalities and empowerment. With a passion for public history she looks for ways to bridge the town-gown gap. She now resides in Columbia, South Carolina, with her husband, two dachshunds, and a cat.

Apr
18
Wed
Brown Bag: “Saving Slave Houses” @ Barnard Observatory
Apr 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

APRIL 18 at noon

Jobie Hill
“Saving Slave Houses”

Since 2011 Jobie Hill’s research and professional work has focused exclusively on domestic slave buildings. She is engaged in interdisciplinary research examining the dwellings of American slavery, the influence these dwellings had on the lives of their inhabitants, and the preservation of slave history. In 2012 she started an independent project titled the Slave House Database in an effort to ensure that slave houses, irreplaceable pieces of history, are not lost forever.