Scheduled for select Wednesdays at noon

The Brown Bag Lunch and Lecture Series sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture continues this fall with several diverse topics. All lectures take place on select Wednesdays at noon in the Tupelo Room of Barnard Observatory and are free and open to the public.

On Sept. 16 Charles Hughes, the Memphis Center Postdoctoral Fellow at Rhodes College, discusses his book “Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South.” Hughes offers a provocative reinterpretation of the 1960s and 70s, a key moment in American popular music and challenges the conventional wisdom about the racial politics of southern studios and the music that emerged from them.

On Sept. 23 John Bullion from the University of Missouri discusses “Lyndon Johnson, Civil Rights and the Democratic Party in the South.” For the last 15 years, Professor Bullion has researched and written extensively on Lyndon B. Johnson. He has taught about the American Revolution, as well as courses on the foreign policy of the United States from its colonial origins to the end of the Cold War.

On Oct. 14 Angela Pulley Hudson, associate professor of history at Texas A&M, discusses her book “Real Native Genius: How an Ex-Slave and a White Mormon Became Famous Indians. ” Hudson specializes in American Indian history, the 19th-century U.S. South, the representation of American Indians in popular culture, and the intersection of American Indian and African American lives. She has held fellowships from the Newberry Library, the American Philosophical Society, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, among others.

On Oct. 21, Jessica Leming, the visual collections librarian with UM Special Collections, and Ashley Smith, PhD Candidate in the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University, present Home Movie Day. Smith will screen clips from Emma Lytle’s 1940 amateur film “Raisin’ Cotton” as well as some selections from her home movies from Perthshire Plantation that are held at Archives and Special Collections. She will also discuss the ways that the meaning of the films in Lytle Collection have changed as they have been re-used in contemporary documentary productions.

On Oct. 28 Maarten Zwiers, assistant professor of history at the University of Groningen and Southern Studies alumnus, discusses “Southern Popular Culture and Politics in the 1970s.” His dissertation analyzed the interaction between southern Democrats and the national Democratic Party, from the New Deal until the enactment of the major civil rights laws in the mid-1960s.

On Nov. 11 Cynthia Joyce, UM assistant professor of journalism, discusses “Please Forward: How Blogging Reconnected New Orleans after Katrina.” Joyce, a writer, editor and web producer for more than 15 years who has contributed to several regional and national publications, compiled “Please Forward” as a powerful testament to the New Orleans blogging community who proved the internet could function as a crucial platform in a time of crisis.


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