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March 2023

Visiting Documentarian – Sarah Garrahan

Wednesday, March 1

12:00:00 PM – 1:00:00 PM

Tupelo Room, Barnard Observatory

Join documentary editor Sarah Garrahan as she talks about strategies for editing documentary feature films, including working with a team, how not to get overwhelmed, and practical skills that help get films to the finish line.

Sarah Garrahan is a documentary producer and editor from San Antonio, Texas. She is based in Los Angeles, California. She co-produced and was an additional editor on the hybrid documentary The Infiltrators by Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2019 and was awarded the NEXT Audience and Innovator Awards. She edited the Emmy-nominated feature documentary Building the American Dream by Chelsea Hernandez, which premiered at SXSW in 2019 and was broadcast nationally on PBS. She edited the short documentary Status Pending by Priscilla González Sainz, which was supported by IF/Then Shorts and acquired by Al Jazeera. She edited the feature documentary Silent Beauty by Jasmin López, which premiered at the 2022 Hot Docs Film Festival. She holds an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University. She is a former Flaherty Fellow and Felsman Fellow. 

Center for the Study of Southern Culture

​​An African American Dilemma: A History of School Integration and Civil Rights in the North – Zoë Burkholder

Wednesday, March 1

5:30:00 PM – 6:30:00 PM

Tupelo Room, Barnard Observatory

This event is available for virtual attendance. Register for the webinar here.

Since Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, Americans have viewed school integration as a central tenet of the Black civil rights movement. Yet, school integration was not the only—or even always the dominant—civil rights strategy. At times, African Americans also fought for separate, Black-controlled schools dedicated to racial uplift and community empowerment.

To date, much of what we know about the history of school integration comes from the South. In her book An African American Dilemma: A History of School Integration and Civil Rights in the North, Burkholder offers the first and most comprehensive analysis of the history of Black struggles for educational equality in the North. She argues that since the 1840s, African Americans have employed multiple strategies to fight for equal educational opportunities, including school integration and its opposite—separate, Black-controlled schools. This study considers what is unique about Black struggles for school integration in the North, how these struggles differed from those in the South, and why these regional distinctions matter in shedding light on the complex relationship between school integration and the larger Black freedom struggle.

Zoë Burkholder is an historian of education, professor of educational foundations, and the founding director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project at Montclair State University.

Center for the Study of Southern Culture

Women’s Empowerment Keynote: Thinking Gender: Cognitive Labor in Family Life – Allison Daminger

Thursday, March 2

5:00:00 PM – 6:15:00 PM

Gertrude C. Ford Ole Miss Student Union – Room 323

We probably all know the unfortunate statistic that women spend nearly twice as much time on housework and childcare as their male counterparts. But more shocking than that calculation is the reality that that is in fact an underestimate of the true gender gap. Allison Daminger introduces us to the idea of cognitive labor, a form of work akin to project management, and demonstrates that this invisible burden falls disproportionately on women. In the pages of both glossy magazines and sober academic journals, household contributions are primarily measured in minutes and documented through time-use diaries. But Daminger argues that we must consider mind-use alongside time-use; the work of constantly anticipating children’s needs, for example, cannot be adequately captured on a time diary. Yet such cognitive labor is a ubiquitous feature of family life, and it represents a burden disproportionately borne by women in different-gender couples—even when those couples aspire to equality.

Daminger provides new language and conceptual tools to explain why even in egalitarian partnerships, inequality is likely to be explained away or covered up by talk of ‘personality types’. She will also show how cognitive labor inequality emerges in the first place and what forces sustain it.

Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement, College of Liberal Arts, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies

Career Closet Pop-Up Shop

Friday, March 3

1:00:00 PM – 4:00:00 PM

Career Center, 3rd Floor Martindale-Cole

Career professional attire for students. Come shop with the Career Center!

Career Center

SOP Graduate Student Cultural Night and Food Showcase

Friday, March 3

5:00:00 PM – 8:00:00 PM

Thad Cochran Research Center (TCRC) – Room 1000

This is a cultural night like the one organized in November 2021. This event is an opportunity for all the international and domestic graduate students in the School of Pharmacy to come together and talk about their cultural practices, beliefs, and food! The aim of this event is to foster understanding and respect among students, creating a more diverse and inclusive environment for all. This event will also encourage graduate students to come with their family, allowing their families to also experience coming together and being exposed to different cultures. The food showcase, which incorporates cuisine from all over the world, will help expose the attendees to the uniqueness of each of the represented countries. There will be tabling with food from different countries across the globe. The event is free and open to anyone, but we are hoping that graduate students from the school of pharmacy will take the initiative to showcase their respective cultures. There may also be presentations about different cultures, which are both fun and informative!

Biomolecular Sciences Student Advocates, AAPS, ISPOR, Latin American Student Association, MASS, GSA, and others are all helping with planning and organization

Family Activity Day: Illuminated Letters

Saturday, March 4

10:00:00 AM – 12:00:00 PM

University of Mississippi Museum

 Letters are all around our world: we can find them in the titles of works of art, our favorite book, and even the packaging of our favorite snack. Using letters we can create stories, send kind messages, and of course, create beautiful artwork! Wander into the Museum and learn about how letters have been used in works of art such as the illuminated manuscripts, sculptures, and contemporary art.

University of Mississippi Museum and Center for Excellence in Literacy Instruction

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New Thoughts on Race, Antiracism, and the Dream of Beloved Community:  A Conversation with Erec Smith and Starlette Thomas

Monday, March 6

5:30:00 PM – 7:00:00 PM

Bryant Hall – 209

As we approach the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which marks the end of legislated segregation in the US South, it seems appropriate to revisit the dream of beloved community that animated Martin Luther King, Jr., Bob Moses, and others who struggled for social justice in those years. How has the dream of egalitarian brotherhood fared in a contemporary America preoccupied with antiracist activism and exquisitely attuned to racial difference?  This conversation features a pair of fearlessly heterodox Black thinkers:  Erec Smith, co-founder of the Journal of Free Black Thought, and Starlette Thomas, an author, activist, visual artist, and race abolitionist, director of the Raceless Gospel Initiative at Good Faith Media.  Moderated by Adam Gussow, Professor of English and Southern Studies. Open to public; reception after event in the Bryant Hall gallery

University of Mississippi Declaration Center

Spring 2023 All Majors Career Expo and Internship Fair

Tuesday, March 7

12:00:00 PM – 3:00:00 PM

Gertrude C. Ford Ole Miss Student Union Ballroom

The University of Mississippi Career Center invites you to participate in the Spring 2023 All Majors Career Expo and Internship Fair. The event is open to all students and all majors! Both internship and full-time job opportunities will be available. Please bring copies of your resume and meet potential employers. PROFESSIONAL DRESS REQUIRED.

Questions about the career fair? Contact the Career Center at 662-915-7174. Remember we are available to guide you to the right career!

Career Center

Casey Parks Reads From Diary of a Misfit

Tuesday, March 7 

6:00:00 PM – 7:30:00 PM

Bondurant Hall – Auditorium (204C)

Washington Post Journalist and Author Casey Parks visits the University of Mississippi for a reading from her book Diary of a Misfit and a Q&A. A book signing and casual reception will follow the event. Part memoir, part investigative reporting, award-winning reporter Casey Parks’ debut book Diary of a Misfit: A Memoir and Mystery is the story of her life-changing journey to unravel the mystery of Roy Hudgins. Over a decade of reporting trips to Dehli, LA, Parks reckons with her own sexuality, her fraught Southern identity, her tortured yet loving relationship with her mother, and the complicated role of faith in her life.

Parks covers gender and family issues for the Washington Post. She spent a decade as a staff reporter at The Oregonian, where she wrote about race and LGBTQ+ issues and was a finalist for the Livingston Award. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Oxford American, ESPN, USA Today, and The Nation. Parks’ stories have won the Deadline Club Award, Front Page Award, National Headliner Award, and multiple Society for Features Journalism awards. A graduate of Millsaps College and a former Spencer Fellow at Columbia University, Parks lives in Portland, Oregon.

RSVP via ForUM for a chance to win a free copy of Diary of a Misfit!

Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement, English, College of Liberal Arts, Sarah Isom Center, Ole Miss Student Union, OUTGrads, Sociology & Anthropology, Center for the Study of Southern Culture, Writing & Rhetoric 

Spring 2023 STEM Fair (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Wednesday, March 8

11:00:00 AM – 2:00:00 PM

Gertrude C. Ford Ole Miss Student Union Ballroom

The University of Mississippi Career Center invites you to participate in the Spring 2023 STEM Fair. The event is open to all students classifications. Both internship/co-op and full-time job opportunities will be available. Please bring copies of your resume and meet potential employers. PROFESSIONAL DRESS REQUIRED.

Questions about the career fair? Contact the Career Center at 662-915-7174. Remember we are available to guide you to the right career!

Career Center

What Has Been Will Be Again: Place, Time, and the Politics of Remembrance – Jared Ragland

Wednesday, March 8 

12:00:00 PM – 1:00:00 PM

Tupelo Room, Barnard Observatory

In a moment of pandemic, protest, and polarization, photographer Jared Ragland has journeyed across more than twenty-five thousand miles and into each of Alabama’s sixty-seven counties to survey his home state’s cultural and physical landscape. By tracing the Trail of Tears, the Old Federal Road, and Hernando de Soto’s 1540 expedition route, What Has Been Will Be Again contends with Alabama’s fraught past and present and reveals problematic patterns at the nexus of broader American identity. In this presentation, Ragland will discuss the project’s strategic focus on the importance of place, the passage of time, and the political dimension of remembrance as means of confronting White supremacist myths of American exceptionalism.

Jared Ragland is a fine art and documentary photographer and former White House photo editor. His visual practice critically confronts issues of identity, marginalization, and history of place through social science, literary, and historical research methodologies.

The UM Department of Art and Art History and the Do Good Fund helped make this exhibit and presentation possible. Ragland’s exhibit, What Has Been Will Be Again, will show in the Gammill Gallery February 27–March 31, 2023. The Center has also exhibited his work in a photo essay of the same name in Study the South, the Center’s online scholarly journal.

Center for the Study of Southern Culture, UM Department of Art and Art History and the Do Good Fund 

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Covering the Tyre Nichols Case – From the Black Female Journalist Perspective

Wednesday, March 8

4:00:00 PM – 5:00:00 PM

Overby Auditorium, Farley Hall

How do journalists of color, in particular, cover protests that involve reports of police brutality against Black and brown victims? How do they navigate public spaces of social unrest? The Black journalist perspective is often missing when we discuss this critical work. Two University of Mississippi School of Journalism and New Media alumnae, Brittany Brown and Ariel Cobbert, share their experiences while working the Tyre Nichols case, engaging with grieving families, and networking with local organizers, marginalized communities, demonstrators, police, and national media, and still produce storytelling work. Associate Journalism Professor Alysia Steele moderates the conversation.

School of Journalism and New Media

Sarahtalk: Queer Cinema and the Sense of Something Better

Thursday, March 9

4:00:00 PM – 5:00:00 PM

Virtual Event – Zoom registration link

Presented by Elizabeth Venell, Ph.D. (Gender Studies). Modern paradigms of sexuality and visibility are nowhere more intertwined than in “queer cinema,” and in 2023, LGBTQ+ representation in film has never been more prevalent. Yet popular writing on queer cinema often laments the normalization of today’s proliferating images. Venell traces the origin and irony of this critical discontent, and reimagines the function of queer cinema from being a diagnostic tool to becoming a transformative one. Recent films in foreign horror comprise test cases for this new approach.

The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies

Are You Ready? Dialogue Series

Monday, March 20

5:00:00 PM – 6:15:00 PM

Bryant Hall – Room 209

The Are You Ready? dialogues series seeks to provide space for participants to learn about challenging topics, listen to fellow campus community members share their perspectives and knowledge, and take away skills and practices they can implement for themselves and within their communities at the University of Mississippi and beyond.

Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement

“Truman Capote, Ellen DeGeneres, and Miley Cyrus: Southern Stars and the South’s Queer Myths” – Tison Pugh

Wednesday, March 22

12:00:00 PM – 1:00:00 PM

Gertrude C. Ford Ole Miss Student Union – Auditorium 124

How do queer southern celebrities adapt the myths of the South to burnish their star personas? This presentation examines three vastly different queer southern stars—Truman Capote, Ellen DeGeneres, and Miley Cyrus—to consider the ways in which the South’s mythologies influence their presentation of their selves, their star personas, and their sexualities. Capote embodied gothic southern decadence during an era of blanket homophobia, DeGeneres presented herself as an avatar of kindness until the façade crumbled, and Cyrus crossed red state/blue state borders first by enacting the tween fantasies of Hannah Montana and then by representing a new brand of out and proud pansexuality. For each of these celebrities, and for a range of other southern stars, queer or not, the South is inextricably linked to their stardom, and its myths both haunt and inspire their celebrity in myriad fascinating ways.

Tison Pugh, Pegasus Professor of English at the University of Central Florida, is the author or editor of over twenty volumes. His book The Queer Fantasies of the American Family Sitcom won the 2019 Popular Culture Association John Leo and Dana Heller Award for the Best Work in LGBTQ Studies. He is author of Truman Capote: A Literary Life at the Movies, Precious Perversions: Humor, Homosexuality, and the Southern Literary Canon, and Queer Chivalry: Medievalism and the Myth of White Masculinity in Southern Literature.

Center for the Study of Southern Culture, Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies, Center for Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Engagement

 Isom Student Gender Conference 2023

Wednesday, March 22 and Thursday, March 23

12:00:00 PM – 1:00:00 PM

Gertrude C. Ford Ole Miss Student Union – Auditorium 124

Open to all undergraduate and graduate students. For more information, visit: Submission deadline is Feb 7, 2023.

The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies, The College of Liberal Arts, the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement, and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Isom Student Gender Conference Keynote:

Finding Mary Jones in New Orleans: Unfinishing Black Trans History – Jules Gil Peterson

Thursday, March 23

4:00:00 PM – 5:00:00 PM

Gertrude C. Ford Ole Miss Student Union – Auditorium 124

Where does the association of trans womanhood and sex work come from? This talk considers the remarkable life of Mary Jones, a Black trans woman arrested in 1836 in New York City. At trial, Jones testified to the Black social world in which she lived and worked, including a reference to visiting New Orleans. Following the riddle of her journey from New York to the Mississippi Valley, Jones prompts how trans womanhood as a modern way of life may have been built into the emergence of the service economy in the antebellum era, with Black gender caught in the contradictions and symbiosis between enslaved labor and wage labor.

Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies and Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement

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sites of resistance, sites of healing trip on March 24-25, 2023

Sites of Resistance, Sites of Healing

Friday, March 24 – Saturday March 25

Sumner, MS; Mound Bayou, MS; and Montgomery, AL

Join us as we visit historical sites of racial injustice to reflect on its legacy and imagine new possibilities for the future. Leaving Oxford, MS, we will travel to Sumner, MS stopping at the Emmett Till Interpretive Center. Here we will learn about the death of Emmett Till and the subsequent murder trial that brought to light the brutality of Jim Crow segregation in the South and was an early impetus of the civil rights movement. Next, we will stop in Mount Bayou, MS at the Mound Bayou Museum to hear about how this town provided protection for witnesses of the Emmett Till murder, a home base for activists and journalists covering the trial, and a refuge for Till’s mother, Mamie TillBradley. We will then travel to Montgomery, AL, to visit the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Here we will investigate America’s history of racial injustice and its legacy and learn about current work to challenge racial and economic injustice.

There will be a predeparture discussion with members of the Lafayette County Remembrance Project and the Alluvial Collective on Thursday, March 23, from 6 pm7:30 pm, and a debrief session on Thursday, March 28, 2023, from 6 pm-7:30 pm. Attendance at both predeparture and debrief sessions are required for all participants. The trip is open to all UM students, faculty, staff, and LOU community residents. A $100 nonrefundable registration fee is required. Complete this form to express your interest in participating. Information on how to submit the nonrefundable deposit will be sent to those who are accepted to participate. To express interest, please complete this form.

Center for Community Engagement

CICCE Movie Night

Tuesday, March 28

5:30:00 PM – 7:30:00 PM

Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement

We’re screening three influential films from the 90’s in the CICCE this semester! Come for one or come for all three. All films will be screened at 5:30pm in the CICCE (first floor of the Student Union). “The Watermelon Woman” is a 1996 romantic comedy-drama film written, directed, and edited by Cheryl Dunye. It stars Dunye as Cheryl, a young Black lesbian working a day job in a video store while trying to make a film about a Black actress  from the 1930s known for playing the stereotypical “mammy” roles relegated to Black actresses during the period. Be sure to stay through the end for the exciting plot twist in this film!

Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement

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Sister2Sister leadership retreat-celebrating diversity in sisterhood

Sister2Sister Leadership Retreat

Friday, March 31

3:30:00 PM – 8:00:00 PM

Bryant Hall

Register on the ForUM

The Sister2Sister Leadership Retreat aims to address issues that impact Women of Color on campus and in the local community while also highlighting the benefits and challenges associated with attending an institution of higher education. The mission is to provide a forum for engaging and interactive discussions regarding personal, social, and academic responsibility while attending the University of Mississippi. Registration information coming soon..

Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement