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.
FEBRUARY 7 at noon
“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.
MARCH 7 at noon
“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.
APRIL 4 at noon
“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.
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.
APRIL 18 at noon
“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.