April 2020

2020 Men of Excellence Leadership Conference

Saturday, April 4

9:00 – 4:00 PM

Ole Miss Student Union 

Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement

Allies Training

Tuesday, April 7

5:30 – 8:30 PM

Lamar Hall 126

Allies training is a 2.5 to 3 hour workshop that aims to 1) encourage a basic understanding of LGBTQ+ definitions, concepts and terms relating to sexual orientation and gender identities, 2) introduce campus and state-level issues and concerns that impact individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and/or questioning/queer, and 3) model how to be an effective and informed ally to those communities.

Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement

You Asked for the Facts – Mary Blessey

Tuesday, April 7

5:30 PM

Overby Center for Southern Journalism & Politics Auditorium

In 1966 four years after the historic enrollment of James Meredith at the University of Mississippi, student activists devised a plan to defy Mississippi’s speaker ban and bring Robert F. Kennedy to the university to reveal the truth about former governor and staunch segregationist Ross Barnett. Mary Blessey is a Mississippi filmmaker and recent graduate of the Center’s MFA in Documentary Expression program. She received her MA in Southern Studies, also from the University of Mississippi, and she is the owner and founder of her production company, Holley Street Media. Here film, You Asked for the Facts, is a component of Blessey’s MFA thesis project. 

Center for the Study of Southern Culture

“The Teacher-Shortage Crisis, the Alternate Route, and the Mississippi Teacher Corps Thirty Years Later” – Andrew Mullins

Wednesday, April 8

Noon – 1:00 PM

Barnard Observatory

In this SouthTalk, Andrew Mullins discusses Mississippi’s teacher shortage and its causes, as well as the alternate route and the thirty-year history of the Mississippi Teacher Corps. Andrew Mullins served as chief of staff to University of Mississippi chancellors, and worked under chancellors Gerald Turner, Robert Khayat, and Dan Jones. He is emeritus associate professor of education and a founder of the Mississippi Teacher Corps.

Center for the Study of Southern Culture

A Conversation with Navajo/Hopi Film Maker, Angelo Baca, and the Making of Shash Jaa’: Bears Ears

Wednesday, April 8

4:00 – 6:00 PM

Bryant Hall 209

For this event, Navajo/Hopi film maker, Angelo Baca, will present his award-winning film Shash Jaa’: Bears Ears, which documents Native American efforts to preserve and conserve a sacred wilderness area in Utah. After viewing the film, Mr. Baca will answer questions from the audience about the making of the film and his work on environmental issues, tribal sovereignty issues, and other contemporary American Indian concerns.

Center for Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Engagement and Native American and Indigenous Studies Working Group

Barrier Free: A Socially Engaged Art Installation

Monday, April 13 – Saturday, April 18

Ole Miss Student Union

Barrier Free: A Socially Engaged Art Installation uses the power of art to reverse the controversial idea of the U.S-Mexico border proposal. The traveling installation advocates for; and celebrates unity, diversity, and inclusion. It provides opportunity to reflect on the challenges of human-made and systemic barriers that divide us, from immigration laws to mass incarceration. The interactive piece, along with its programmatic elements, is a call to action to build a society that embraces the contributions of a diverse world.

The installation attempts to be inclusive and open to interpretation. Symbols will make reference to barriers around nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation and identity, gender and socioeconomic aspects. This project is less about the actual wall and more about the systematic attempts to divide individuals, families and communities.

Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement

Spring Concert by OMADDE

Tuesday, April 14

7:30 – 9:00 PM

Nutt Auditorium

A concert features mainly Ghanaian ethnic dances with a few contemporary original compositions of the ensemble’s director on diversity promotional themes or virtues.

Department of Music

Movement and Migration Series Lecture: “Slaughterhouse South: Migration, Ethnoracial Boundaries, and the Social Organization of Labor”

Wednesday, April 15

Noon – 1:00 PM

Barnard Observatory

Drawing on sixteen months of work as a meatpacker in a North Carolina slaughterhouse, Vanesa Ribas investigates the intergroup dynamics between migrants and native-born workers, showing how the experience of oppressive exploitation mediates relations between Latina/o migrants, African Americans, and whites. Challenging conventional accounts, this research reveals the continued significance of white supremacy in the emerging arrangement of group statuses, experiences, and relations in a vastly transformed ethnoracial landscape.

Vanesa Ribas is an associate professor of sociology at the University of California, San Diego. She studies race/ethnicity, migration, labor, political mobilization, and social inequalities.

Center for the Study of Southern Culture

“Black Food Geographies: Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Access” Ashanté Reese

Wednesday, April 15

5:30 PM

Barnard Observatory

Using Washington, DC, as a launching point, this talk explores how structural racism shapes our national food system and how communities define, critique, and navigate contemporary food access inequities. Ashanté Reese is an assistant professor in the department of geography and environmental sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. 

Center for the Study of Southern Culture

“Nothing About Us Without Us” Panel Discussion

Thursday, April 16

3:00 – 5:00 PM

Ole Miss Student Union Auditorium – 124

The student panel allows students to provide testimonies on how their disabilities have affected their own lives and how they have continued their journeys to pursue academic excellence.

Student Disability Services

Barrier Free: Artist Talk with Yancy Villa-Calvo

Thursday, April 16

5:00 – 6:30 PM

Ole Miss Student Union – 323

Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement

Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit 

Monday, April 27 – Wednesday, April 29

Monday: 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM; Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM; Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Ole Miss Student Union – 323

The exhibit is a self-guided experience aimed at increasing knowledge about disability in society and improving access awareness. It will consist of visual displays and hands-on interactions, with optional reflection activities instructors may use in their classes. Staff members from Disability Student Services will be available for discussions and to answer questions that may develop from exploring the exhibit.

Sponsoring Department: Student Disability Services

“LGBTQ+ Activism and Advocacy in Mississippi”

Thursday, April 30

3:00 – 5:00 PM

Inn at Ole Miss, Butler Auditorium

Co-hosted by the Isom Center and part of the Oxford Pride schedule, we will hear from advocates and activists about their work to make Mississippi a more welcoming, safer, and fairer state for LGBTQ+ people

Center for the Study of Southern Culture