Schedule Announced for 2015 Porter Fortune, Jr. Symposium

Photo by UM Communications
Photo by UM Communications

The 2015 Porter Fortune, Jr. History Symposium will take place February 26 – 28 on the University of Mississippi campus.  The symposium will honor the recent retirement of Charles Reagan Wilson with a series of talks and panel discussions on the topic of Southern Religion and Southern Culture.  Some of Dr. Wilson’s former students will be involved in the symposium as moderators, and others will help discuss his work as scholar and mentor.

All sessions are free and open to the public.  Schedule subject to change.

Southern Religion and Southern Culture

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and the
University of Mississippi History Department

Thursday, February 26
All Thursday sessions at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

2pm   Panel Discussion: Race and Civil Religion in the South
Moderator: Otis Pickett, Mississippi College
Carolyn Renee Dupont, Eastern Kentucky University
John Giggie, University of Alabama
Calvin White, Jr., University of Arkansas

3:30pm    Keynote Lecture by Paul Harvey, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Introduction by Darren Grem, University of Mississippi

Friday, February 27
All Friday sessions are at the Yerby Conference Center. Concert at Barnard Observatory.

9am Papers
Moderator: Ryan Fletcher, North Carolina Wesleyan College
Print and Sacred Song in the Early South
Beth Barton Schweiger, University of Arkansas

Spirit in the Air: Pentecostal Media Innovation in the 20th Century South
Randall Stephens, Northumbria University

10:30am Paper
Introduction by Paul Anderson, Clemson University
‘The Pure of Body are Pure of Soul’: Religion and the Making of the South’s Sports Culture, 1865-1926
Arthur Remillard, St. Francis University

1:30pm  Panel Discussion: Southern Culture and Popular Religion
Moderator: Amy Wood, Illinois State University
Alison Colis Greene, Mississippi State University
Colin Chapell, University of Memphis
Chad Seales, University of Texas

3pm     Papers
Moderator: Charles Westmoreland, Delta State University
The Religious Significance of Emancipation and Reconstruction for African Americans in the South, 1860-1880
Sandy Martin, University of Georgia

‘Shame of the Southland’: The Selling of the Visceral South
Sarah Gardner, Mercer University

7:30pm     Concert with Caroline Herring, Barnard Observatory

Saturday, February 28
At Barnard Observatory

9:00am   Final Session: Discussion of the future of the field of Southern religious history and of the scholarly research and teaching legacy of Charles Reagan Wilson.
Moderated by Paul Beezley, Jacksonville State University and James G. Thomas, Jr., University of Mississippi

Concluding at 11am

Contact Becca Walton,, with questions.