“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.
On Monday, May 1, Jerusa Leão will present “The Mississippi River Is to the Blues as the São Francisco River Is to Forró” at noon in Barnard Observatory.
Jerusa Leão’s Both Sides of the River is an audio-visual project of cultural exchange and documentation. It aims to discuss and reveal the sociological and cultural environment along the Mississippi River in the United States and São Francisco River in Brazil, through the use of two major important cultural movements of the twentieth century: the Delta Blues and the Forró Pé de Serra.
Jerusa Leão is a Brazilian artist, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Originally from Bahia, Jerusa grew up in the cities of this arid province, beginning her artistic career in 1995. Leão resides in Brazil, performing as a travelling solo singer and researcher of Brazilian culture. She has an ongoing multimedia research project called It’s Just a Shot Away—an exchange of cultural knowledge between Canada and Brazil, that is set to be released in Canada in the summer of 2017.
Shake ‘Em on Down: The Blues According to Fred McDowell
A Documentary Film by Joe York & Scott Barretta
Screening at 7pm on Friday, May 19 at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center.
Shake ‘Em On Down is a one-hour documentary film that tells the story of Fred McDowell, who was first recorded by Alan Lomax in 1959, mentored Bonnie Raitt, and served as the cornerstone of the unique and enduring North Mississippi- style of blues music.
Building on the longevity, success, and devoted audience of Highway 61 Radio, a production of the Southern Documentary Project, York and Barretta feel that a dedication to visual storytelling about the musical heritage of the South, with a primary focus on the Blues, will greatly enhance SouthDocs’ ability to meet its goals of documenting and educating the region. This film will be the first documentary produced under the Highway 61 Films banner, and will signal a new commitment to documenting the musical culture of the region.
Shake ‘Em on Down was selected as a 2017 South Arts Southern Circuit Film, and was screened at venues across the South in February.
This event will celebrate the publication of The Mississippi Encyclopedia by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and the University Press of Mississippi.
This event will include remarks by Senior Editors Ted Ownby and Charles Reagan Wilson, followed by two minute remarks by some of the Encyclopedia’s 600 contributing scholars.
The Center will kick off a series of state-wide events celebrating the May publication of The Mississippi Encyclopedia with an event at the Oxford Courthouse and Off-Square Books on Saturday, May 20. The event will begin with a panel discussion with editors and scholars of the Encyclopedia at 3:30pm at the Courthouse, followed by a signing and party at 5pm. The book was published by the University Press of Mississippi.
More details to come for this and other events! Read more about The Mississippi Encyclopedia here.
A Washington, D.C. celebration of The Mississippi Encyclopedia. More details to come!
A discussion and reading of The Mississippi Encyclopedia, followed by a signing and reception. More details to come!
This workshop is intended to serve as an introduction and practicum in documentary methods for incoming and second year Southern Studies MA students. All skill levels welcome. The workshop will be taught by Ava Lowrey and Sara Wood of the Southern Foodways Alliance, and Andy Harper and John Rash of the Southern Documentary Project.
Contact Becca Walton (email@example.com) with questions.
The Center will host a public screening of An Outrage, a documentary film about lynching in the American South, at noon on Thursday, October 19 in Barnard Observatory.
About the Film
AN OUTRAGE is a documentary film about lynching in the American South. Filmed on-location at lynching sites in six states and bolstered by the memories and perspectives of descendants, community activists, and scholars, this unusual historical documentary seeks to educate even as it serves as a hub for action to remember and reflect upon a long-hidden past.
Thousands of African Americans confronted, resisted, endured, and perished during the era of lynching in the American South. Beginning with the end of the Civil War and continuing well into the middle of the twentieth century, this extralegal, socially-sanctioned practice of torture and murder claimed the lives of at least 3,959 African American men, women, and children. This past is little-discussed today, even as its wounds fester.
In town squares and deep in the woods, in secret and on public display, white men, women, and children participated in the kidnapping, mutilation, and killing of African Americans said to have committed serious crimes or minor affronts on white honor. Because lynching was killing that took place outside of the legal system, accusations of wrongdoing were never argued in courts of law. (Many more African Americans were condemned through swift show trials under the guise of justice.) The innocent were murdered again and again. At the height of the lynching epidemic, in the 1890s, one African American was killed somewhere in the South every four days.
The history of lynching ought to grab us by the collar, compel us to confront fundamental truths — among them, that the present is an ongoing exchange with the past. History is not a long-distance conversation with the dead. The past is persistently present as it perpetuates the old lies of race, tribe, and hierarchy. To tell the truth, we must understand the lies — the outrages — that have produced our present moment.
This will be a long journey: it must not end. To survive and flourish together, at a time when scarcities of opportunity and civility grow ever more apparent, we will need grace, dignity, and intention — a broad-based commitment to fairness and unity. We’re hard at work with the hope that this film proves a worthwhile step in the right directions.
About the Filmmakers
AN OUTRAGE is directed, edited, and produced by Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren, co-directors of Field Studio. They make films at the intersection of history and social justice, focusing on race, incarceration, and family.
Hannah and Lance’s first film, That World is Gone: Race and Displacement in a Southern Town, won the Audience Award for Best Short Documentary at the 2010 Virginia Film Festival. Their documentary work has also been featured in the PBS Online Film Festival, on the storytelling website Narratively, and at various film festivals. In addition to their independent documentaries, they have produced educational and promotional videos for nonprofits, museums, and universities, including the Women’s Refugee Commission, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the University of Richmond. Their work extends beyond film production to photography, audio documentaries, and text, demonstrated most recently by the multimedia project Richmond Justice.
Hannah is a native of Charlottesville, Virginia, and attended the College of William & Mary and Columbia University. Her background is in history, nonprofit development, and multimedia storytelling. Previously, Hannah supported fundraising and communications efforts at the human rights video advocacy organization WITNESS.
Lance was raised in Virginia. He studied history and politics at Syracuse University and Brandeis University, focusing on civil rights and social justice in the twentieth century United States. From 2010-2016 he supported the work of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, producing online courses, video series, and virtual field trips for history teachers across the country.