Sep
9
Wed
Chapel Hill Screening of The Toughest Job: William Winter’s Mississippi @ FedEx Global Education Center
Sep 9 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Winter PosterOn Wednesday, September 9 at 5:30pm the Center for the Study of the American South at UNC will host a screening of The Toughest Job: William Winter’s Mississippi, a film by the Southern Documentary Project, an institute of the UM Center for the Study of Southern Culture.

Following the screening, there will be a conversation with former Mississippi Governor William Winter and former North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt.

About the Film

The Toughest Job: William Winter’s Mississippi, a documentary directed by Matthew Graves for the University of Mississippi’s Southern Documentary Project (SouthDocs), chronicles the life and career of Mississippi’s 57th Governor William Winter and his fight to pass the 1982 Education Reform Bill.

The Toughest Job emphasizes William Winter’s role as a leader in education reform, economic development, and racial reconciliation. Utilizing materials from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and interviews with Governor Winter, Elise Winter, Vernon Jordan, Dick Molpus, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Ray Mabus, Reuben V. Anderson, Charles Overby, President Bill Clinton, and others, the film examines the political life and policy accomplishments of one of Mississippi’s most progressive leaders.

The 1982 Education Reform Bill, which, among other things, established public kindergartens in the state, was a landmark legislative act in terms of both civil rights and economic development. William Winter “understood that education was essential for Mississippi to flourish in the future,” says Reuben V. Anderson in the film. President Bill Clinton, who was governor at Arkansas at the same time Winter served Mississippi, talks of Winter’s “personal strength and political openness” and courageous dedication to creating opportunity for the state’s children.

The film highlights the challenges of generating bipartisan change in a contentious political environment, a timely message for current political leaders. Executive producer and former gubernatorial advisor David Crews observed, “In an age of shrill, often gridlocked politics, we need more leaders with Winter’s courage, character, resolve and constructive leadership. This film portrays a rich, tumultuous period of history while documenting the accomplishments of a rare leader willing to tackle tough, vexing, important issues.”

Vernon Jordan notes the legacy of racial tensions in the state and Winter’s approach. “That kind of courage, that kind of willingness to speak out, to stand up, to take a position contrary to the consensus of white people was quite extraordinary.” Winter played a key role in Clinton’s “One America” initiative to start a national conversation on race, bringing the only deep-South public forum to the University of Mississippi. The legacy of this forum is the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at UM, which strives to end all difference-based discrimination through community building, youth engagement, and scholarship.

“It’s been a remarkable challenge attempting to condense a whole life’s worth of passion, bitter defeats, and momentous victories into an hour-long documentary but I feel very satisfied with what we’ve created,” said filmmaker Matthew Graves. “To me, it’s a thrilling story of perseverance and leadership and is truly a testament to what is possible in this state.”

For Southern Documentary Project director Andy Harper, this film fits perfectly into his mission of having Mississippians telling Mississippi stories. “I think it is vitally important that we document the stories of leaders like William Winter,” says Harper. “Governor Winter felt a moral obligation to provide all Mississippians an adequate education and he worked tirelessly towards that end. It is our obligation to tell his story.”

View a trailer on the film’s website, toughestjobmovie.com.

View a PDF of the film press release.

Gilder-Jordan Lecture in Southern Cultural History by Theda Perdue @ University of Mississippi
Sep 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

On Wednesday, September 9 at 7pm, Theda Perdue of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will present the 2015 Gilder-Jordan Lecture in Southern History. Her talk is entitled “Indians and Christianity in the New South.” Location TBD.

perdueWEB-1Theda Perdue is Professor Emerita at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the Native peoples of the southeastern United States. She is the author or co-author of nine books including Cherokee Women: Gender and Culture Change, 17001835 (1998), which won the Julia Cherry Spruill Award for the best book in southern women’s history and the James Mooney Prize for the best book in the anthropology of the South. More recently, she has published Race and the Atlanta Cotton States Exposition of 1895 (2010) and, with co-author Michael D. Green, The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears (2007) and North American Indians: A Very Short Introduction (2010). She is the editor or co-editor of six books including Sifters: Native American Women’s Lives (2001). She has held a number of fellowships including ones from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Newberry Library, and the Rockefeller Foundation. She has served as president of the Southern Association for Women Historians (1985–86) and the American Society for Ethnohistory (2001). She is a member of the executive board of the Organization of American Historians and past president of the Southern Historical Association.

Organized through the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, the African American Studies Program, Center for Civil War Research, and the Department of History, the Gilder-Jordan Speaker Series is made possible through the generosity of the Gilder Foundation, Inc.  The series honors Richard Gilder of New York and his family, as well as his friends, Dan and Lou Jordan of Virginia.

Sep
10
Thu
Southern Foodways Alliance Grad Student Conference on Food & Pop Culture @ University of Mississippi
Sep 10 – Sep 11 all-day
Southern Foodways Alliance Grad Student Conference on Food & Pop Culture @ University of Mississippi | Oxford | Mississippi | United States

The Southern Foodways Alliance will host their annual Graduate Student Conference on September 10 – 11 on the campus of the University of Mississippi. The theme will explore food and pop culture.

For more information on the conference, visit the SFA website.

Presented by the Southern Foodways Alliance, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and the Graduate School at the University of Mississippi.

Sep
16
Wed
Brown Bag Lecture by Charles Hughes @ Barnard Observatory
Sep 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

1426629146-country_soul_cover_imageOn Wednesday, September 16, at noon in Barnard Observatory, Dr. Charles Hughes of Rhodes College will discuss his book Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South.

Dr. Hughes has spoken at the Center’s Music of the South Symposium in the past.  Learn more about him here.

Brown Bag Lectures take place on select Wednesdays during the fall and spring semesters in the Tupelo Room in the west wing of Barnard Observatory. Brown Bags last one hour and are free and open to the public.

 

Sep
18
Fri
Brown Bag Presented by UM Sociology/Anthropology @ Lamar Hall 555
Sep 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

On Friday, September 18 at noon, the UM Department of Sociology and Anthropology will present a Brown Bag Lecture by Patti Giuffre of Texas State University.  Giuffre is author of Taking the Heat: Women Chefs and Gender Inequality in the Professional Kitchen.

This lecture is presented with the assistance of co-sponsors the Southern Foodways Alliance and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture.

Sep
22
Tue
Southern Documentary Project Voting Rights Film Screening @ Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Sep 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Southern Documentary Project Voting Rights Film Screening @ Mississippi Department of Archives and History | Jackson | Mississippi | United States

Center institute the Southern Documentary Project, in partnership with the Mississippi State Department of Archives and History, has produced a short film about the Voting Rights Act of 1965. There will be a screening on Tuesday, September 22 at 6pm. More details to come.

Sep
23
Wed
Brown Bag Lecture by John Bullion @ Barnard Observatory
Sep 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

On Wednesday, September 23 at noon in Barnard Observatory, Dr. John Bullion of the University of Missouri will present a lecture entitled “Lyndon Johnson, Civil Rights, and the Democratic Party in the South.”

Learn more about Dr. Bullion here.

Brown Bag Lectures take place on select Wednesdays during the fall and spring semesters in the Tupelo Room in the west wing of Barnard Observatory. Brown Bags last one hour and are free and open to the public.

Lecture by Michael Bibler: “Tin Roof Rusted: The Silliness and Ecstasy of The B-52s” @ Barnard Observatory
Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

On Wednesday, September 23 at 7pm in the Tupelo Room of Barnard Observatory, the Sarah Isom Center will present a lecture by Dr. Michael Bibler entitled “Tin Roof Rusted: The Silliness and Ecstasy of The B-52s.”

Dr. Bibler is Associate Professor of English at Louisiana State University. Learn more about him here.

 

Oct
14
Wed
Brown Bag Lecture by Angela Pulley Hudson @ Barnard Observatory
Oct 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

On Wednesday, October 14, at noon in Barnard Observatory, Dr. Angela Pulley Hudson of Texas A&M University will present a lecture on her book Real Native Genius: How an Ex-slave and a White Mormon Became Famous Indians. The book will be published in the fall of 2015 by the University of North Carolina Press.

Learn more about Dr. Hudson here.

Brown Bag Lectures take place on select Wednesdays during the fall and spring semesters in the Tupelo Room in the west wing of Barnard Observatory. Brown Bags last one hour and are free and open to the public.

Oct
15
Thu
18th Southern Foodways Symposium @ University of Mississippi and Oxford
Oct 15 – Oct 18 all-day
18th Southern Foodways Symposium @ University of Mississippi and Oxford

The 18th Southern Foodways Symposium, presented by the Southern Foodways Alliance, will take place October 15 – 18, 2015 in Oxford, Mississippi. The theme will be food and pop culture.

Visit southernfoodways.org for more information.

Oct
21
Wed
Brown Bag Lecture by Jessica Leming @ Barnard Observatory
Oct 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

On Wednesday, October 7 at noon in Barnard Observatory, Jessica Leming of the University of Mississippi Library Department of Archives and Special Collections will present a talk on the library’s visual collections. More details to come.

Brown Bag Lectures take place on select Wednesdays during the fall and spring semesters in the Tupelo Room in the west wing of Barnard Observatory. Brown Bags last one hour and are free and open to the public.

Oct
28
Wed
Brown Bag Lecture by Maarten Zwiers @ Barnard Observatory
Oct 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

On Wednesday, October 28 at noon in Barnard Observatory, Maarten Zwiers of the University of Groningen will present a Brown Bag Lecture. The title of his talk will be “Southern Popular Culture and Politics in the 1970s.”

Brown Bag Lectures take place on select Wednesdays during the fall and spring semesters in the Tupelo Room in the west wing of Barnard Observatory. Brown Bags last one hour and are free and open to the public.

Nov
11
Wed
Brown Bag Lecture by Cynthia Joyce @ Barnard Observatory
Nov 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

pleaseforward_webOn Wednesday, November 11 at noon in Barnard Observatory, Cynthia Joyce will present a talk on her new book, Please Forward: How Blogging Reconnected New Orleans After Katrina. Learn more about the book here.

Cynthia Joyce has been a writer, editor, and web producer for more than 15 years and has contributed to several regional and national publications, including The Washington Post, Newsday, NPR.org, Entertainment Weekly, and MSNBC.com, where she was a senior producer from 2007-2011; Nola.com, where she worked briefly as a producer post-Katrina; and Salon, where she was arts and entertainment editor from 1995-2000. She received her BA from Duke University in 1991, and her Masters of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University in 1993.  She joined the University of Mississippi faculty in 2011.

Brown Bag Lectures take place on select Wednesdays during the fall and spring semesters in the Tupelo Room in the west wing of Barnard Observatory. Brown Bags last one hour and are free and open to the public.

 

Nov
18
Wed
Brown Bag Film Screening with the Southern Documentary Project @ Barnard Observatory
Nov 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

south-docs-squareOn Wednesday, November 18 at noon in Barnard Observatory, Andrew Harper, director of the Southern Documentary Project, will host a screening and discussion of recently-completed and in production SouthDocs films.

Brown Bag Lectures take place on select Wednesdays during the fall and spring semesters in the Tupelo Room in the west wing of Barnard Observatory. Brown Bags last one hour and are free and open to the public.

Mar
3
Thu
23rd Oxford Conference for the Book @ University of Mississippi and Oxford
Mar 3 – Mar 5 all-day
23rd Oxford Conference for the Book @ University of Mississippi and Oxford

The 23rd Oxford Conference for the Book, presented by the Center and Square Books, will take place Thursday, March 3 – Saturday, March 5. Check the OCB website for more information.

Mar
31
Thu
The Southern Documentary Festival @ University of Mississippi and Oxford
Mar 31 – Apr 2 all-day
The Southern Documentary Festival @ University of Mississippi and Oxford

The inaugural Southern Documentary Festival, presented by the Southern Documentary Project, will take place Thursday, March 31 to Saturday, April 2. More details to come, here and at southdocs.org.

 

May
27
Fri
Blues and the Spirit Symposium presented by Living Blues @ Dominican University
May 27 – May 28 all-day
Blues and the Spirit Symposium presented by Living Blues @ Dominican University | Chicago | Illinois | United States

Living Blues magazine, working with Dominican University in Chicago, will host a Blues and the Spirit Symposium on May 27 – 28, 2016. More details to come.