Feb
1
Wed
Brown Bag: Ed Croom on The Land of Rowan Oak: An Exploration of Faulkner’s Natural World @ Barnard Observatory
Feb 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Ed Croom will discuss his recent book of photographs The Land of Rowan Oak: An Exploration of Faulkner’s Natural World.

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

Feb
10
Fri
“When the South STILL Got Something to Say: A Conversation about Hip Hop in the South” @ Barnard Observatory
Feb 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

On Friday, February 10 at 2pm in Barnard Observatory, the Center will host a conversation between Regina Bradley and Kiese Laymon, “When the South STILL Got Something to Say: A Conversation about Hip Hop in the South.” Southern Studies and Sociology faculty member Brian Foster will provide an introduction.

Dr. Regina N. Bradley

f9735cb9b5835ece2a2d0d377426e2aaDr. Regina N. Bradley is a writer, scholar, and researcher of African American Life and Culture. She is an alumna Nasir Jones HipHop Fellow (Harvard University, Spring 2016) and an Assistant Professor of African American Literature at Armstrong State University in Savannah, GA.

Her expertise and research interests include hip hop culture, race and the contemporary U.S. South, and sound studies.

Dr. Bradley’s current book-length project, Chronicling Stankonia: OutKast and the Rise of the Hip Hop South (under contract, UNC Press), explores how Atlanta, GA hip hop duo OutKast influences conversations about the Black American South after the Civil Rights Movement.

Her scholarship on popular culture and race is published or forthcoming in south: a scholarly journal​, MeridiansComedy StudiesADA, Journal of Ethnic American Literature, Palimpsest, and Current Musicology. Additionally, Dr. Bradley’s commentary is featured on a range of news media outlets including Washington Post, NPR, NewsOne, SoundingOut!,  and Creative Loafing Atlanta. 

She is the founder and host of Outkasted Conversations​, a critically acclaimed dialogue series dedicated to thinking about the cultural and academic implications of the hip hop group OutKast. The project has been featured on EbonyThe New York TimesMusiqologyFor Harriet,  Huffington Post, and The Feminist Wire. 

In addition to her scholarly work, Dr. Bradley is a critically acclaimed fiction writer. Her first short story collection, Boondock Kollage: New Stories from the Contemporary Black South, is forthcoming from Peter Lang press. Her fiction is also featured or forthcoming in BOAAT, Transition, Obsidian, and Oxford American.

Kiese Laymon

aKiese Laymon is a black southern writer, born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon attended Millsaps College and Jackson State University before graduating from Oberlin College. He earned an MFA in Fiction from Indiana University and is currently a Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Mississippi.  Laymon is the author of the novel, Long Division  and a collection of essays,  How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, the UK edition released in 2016. Laymon has written essays, stories and reviews for numerous publications including Esquire, ESPN the Magazine, Colorlines, NPR, LitHub, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, PEN Journal, Oxford American, The Best American Series, Ebony and Guernica.

Long Division was named one of the Best of 2013 by  Buzzfeed, The Believer, Salon, Guernica, Contemporary Literature, Mosaic Magazine, Library Journal, Chicago Tribune and the Crunk Feminist Collective. It was also short-listed for the Believer Book Award, the Ernest Gaines Award and the Morning News Tournament of Books. Long Division won the 2014 Saroyan International Writing Award on November 10th. Three essays in “How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America” have been included in the Best American series, the Best of Net award, and the Atlantic’s Best Essays of 2013. He was selected a member of the Root 100 in 2013 and 2014 and Ebony Magazine Power 100 in 2015.

Kiese Laymon has two books forthcoming, including a memoir called Heavy and the novel called And So On which can be expected in 2017, both from Scribner.

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

In 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.

This is a special Monday Brown Bag.

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

Kathleen Bond of the National Park Service’s Natchez National Historical Park will give a talk on the William Johnson House.

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

Mar
2
Thu
Ideas on Tap: A Community Discussion of Affordable Housing @ Proud Larry's
Mar 2 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

In partnership with the Mississippi Humanities Council, the Center will present an “Ideas on Tap” gathering and discussion on affordable housing with local leaders, educators, and activists. More details to come.

Mar
8
Wed
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.

Mar
15
Wed
Sara Wood Talk on Foodways in Mississippi at MDAH’s History is Lunch @ MDAH - William Winter Archives Building
Mar 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Sara Wood, Oral Historian for the Southern Foodways Alliance, will give a talk on the Foodways of Mississippi as part of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History’s History is Lunch Series. Her talk will be at noon on Wednesday, March 15, in the William Winter Archives Building.

Mar
22
Wed
Brown Bag Lecture: Jerusa Leao on U.S. – Brazil Cultural Exchange @ Barnard Observatory
Mar 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Jerusa Leao, a visiting scholar and musician from Brazil, will discuss her project Both Sides of The Rivers, which studies the exchange of cultures between the U.S. and Brazil.

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

Mar
29
Wed
Oxford Conference for the Book @ Oxford and the University of Mississippi
Mar 29 – Mar 31 all-day
Oxford Conference for the Book @ Oxford and the University of Mississippi

The 2017 Oxford Conference for the Book will take place Wednesday, March 29 – Friday, March 31. For more details, visit oxfordconferenceforthebook.com.

Apr
6
Thu
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

Ellen Spears of the University of Alabama American Studies program will discuss her book Baptized in PCBs: Race, Pollution, and Justice in an All-American Town.

This is a special Thursday Brown Bag Lecture.

Apr
12
Wed
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.

Apr
17
Mon
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.

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

Eva Walton Kendrick of the Human Rights Campaign of Alabama will speak about the work of the HRC in the South. Eva is an alumna of the Southern Studies MA program.

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