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.

Brown Bag Lecture by Lisa Richman @ Barnard Observatory
Sep 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Brown Bag Lecture by Janet Allured @ Barnard Observatory
Oct 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Brown Bag Lecture by Visiting Documentarian Jing Niu @ Barnard Observatory
Oct 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Jing Niu is a first generation Asian-American who grew up working in take-out restaurants in the south who would later, against the advice of her parents, become an artist and filmmaker. Prior to creating independent films in LA, she produced videos for WIRED magazine, covering stories at the intersection of technology and lived experience. Jing is a member of awma (asian mamas working in the arts), an alliance of pan-asians who mobilize through programming and political actions. 

Her latest short HORNET’S REVENGE, funded by VC and Laika Studios through the AWC Film Fellowship, premiered at the 34th LA Asian Pacific Film Festival. Jing’s recently completed documentary THE TRAVELER TAKAMURE was awarded the Hellen Hill Memorial Grant for best film by a female filmmaker at the 2018 Indie Grits Film Festival. Jing will spend this fall as a Crosstown Artist in Residence writing a new webseries.
Brown Bag Lecture by Amira Rose Davis @ Barnard Observatory
Oct 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Amira Rose Davis is a 20th century U.S. historian with a particular interest in race, gender, sports and politics. She is currently working on her first book manuscript entitled, “Can’t Eat a Medal”: The Lives and Labors of Black Women Athletes in the Age of Jim Crow which traces the long history of Black women’s athletic labor and symbolic representation in the United States. Using black newspapers and magazines, advertisements, institutional records of black colleges and social organizations, yearbooks, scorecards, Olympic reports, personal and family correspondence, and oral histories, her work demonstrates the ways in which black women’s athletics impacted negotiations of modern and respectable black womanhood, concepts of racial destiny and struggles for civil rights. While highlighting women who used athletics to gain social mobility or assert new notions of black womanhood, this project ultimately argues that black institutions, sporting organizations and state apparatuses routinely used black women’s athletic bodies to advance their respective social, political and financial interests.

Recent Publications:

“No League of Their Own: Baseball, Black Women and the Politics of Representation,” Radical History Review, Issue 125, May 2016

“On the Courts of Druid Hill: Lucy Diggs Slowe and the Rise of Organized Black Tennis” in Baltimore Sports History: Stories from Charm City, ed. Daniel Nathan. Sport, Culture, and Society Series, University of Arkansas Press, August 2016

Brown Bag Lecture by Stephanie Rolph @ Barnard Observatory
Oct 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Stephanie Rolph will speak about her new book, Resisting Equality: The Citizens’ Council, 1954-1989.

Stephanie Rolph is a native of Jackson and a Millsaps alumna (1999). She earned her MA in 2004 and her PhD in 2009 from Mississippi State University, where she specialized in the history of the American South. An active scholar in post-1945 southern politics and conservative ideology, Rolph’s work has appeared in The Right Side of the Sixties (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and in the Journal of Southern History (August 2016). Her first book, Resisting Equality: The Citizens’ Council, 1954–1989, will be available June 2018 from Louisiana State University Press.

Since arriving in fall 2010, Rolph has offered a variety of courses including Mississippi History, Civil War, Colonial America, Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Masculinity in the Twentieth Century, Women and Men in America, and African-American Heritage, in addition to Compass Curriculum courses. Rolph also serves as the internship coordinator for the History Department and director of Community Engaged Learning (CEL). Most recently, she has been named academic director for the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP), a national coalition of colleges and universities committed to poverty-related coursework and internships. Her expertise in southern history, her Jackson roots, and her commitment to Millsaps as her alma mater make active, experiential learning a priority for Rolph. Her students are likely to find a rigorous exposure to the discipline’s traditions and are challenged to consider innovative ways that historians can make contributions to their communities through preservation, memory, educational outreach, and the construction of identity.