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October 2021

The Fannie Lou Hamer Story:  Activism and Singing workshop

Tuesday, October 5

5:30 p.m.

Gertrude C. Ford Center for Performing Arts

Join us for an engaging and interactive workshop that engages with the work and activism of Fannie Lou Hamer.

The Fannie Lou Hamer Story is part of the Ford Center’s Artist Series, which is supported by the University of Mississippi and in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and The Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement.

The Fannie Lou Hamer Story

Wednesday, October 6

7:30 p.m.

Gertrude C. Ford Center for Performing Arts

In this production of The Fannie Lou Hamer Story, Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye channels Fannie Lou Hamer in a riveting sixty-minute journey of storytelling showered with eleven inspiring songs and a video montage of the civil rights movement. Aimbaye has the power of a warrior when she speaks and the voice of an angel when she sings, evoking emotions with tears of joy and pain as well as sorrow and laughter. Mrs. Hamer’s courageous spirit and determination for human dignity and freedom come alive in Aimbaye’s Fannie Lou Hamer Story.

The Fannie Lou Hamer Story is part of the Ford Center’s Artist Series, which is supported by the University of Mississippi and in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and The Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement.

Sarahtalk: Feminist and Queer World Making in North Mississippi

Thursday, October 7 – 4:00 p.m.

LGBTQ+ Lounge, Lamar Hall – 4th Floor

Jaime Harker,  director of Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies and professor of English, will discuss how the Isom Center has put theory into practice to create a more feminist and queer environment in North Mississippi. 

Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies

A Punkhouse in the Deep South: The Oral History of 309 with Aaron Cometbus and Scott Satterwhite

Thursday, October 7

4:00 p.m.

Faulkner Room, Archives & Special Collections

J.D. Williams Library (50 Galtney Lott Plaza)

The house at 309 6th Avenue has long been a crossroads for punk rock, activism, veganism, and queer culture in Pensacola, a quiet Gulf Coast city at the border of Florida and Alabama. In A Punkhouse in the Deep South: The Oral History of 309, residents of 309 narrate the colorful and often comical details of communal life in the crowded and dilapidated house over its thirty-year existence. They tell of playing in bands, operating local businesses, forming feminist support groups, and creating zines and art.           

In this SouthTalk, Aaron Cometbus and Scott Satterwhite discuss this lively community that worked together to provide for their own needs while making a positive, lasting impact on their surrounding area. Together, these participants show that punk is more than music and teenage rebellion. It is about alternatives to standard narratives of living, acceptance for the marginalized in a rapidly changing world, and building a sense of family from the ground up.           

Cometbus has been publishing Cometbus magazine since 1981. He is the editor of the oral histories Back to the Land and The Dead End, and the author of seven novels. He earned a gold record using his teeth as a percussion instrument. Satterwhite is a historian, educator, and journalist. His work has appeared in Florida Historical Quarterly, Hurricane Review, INWeekly, and Maximum Rocknroll. He is the author of several poetry chapbooks and edits the zine Mylxine. Satterwhite holds an MA in American history and English. He teaches writing and literature at the University of West Florida.

Center for the Study of Southern Culture 

LGBTQ Histories Brought to Life

Monday, October 11

4 p.m.

More information:  https://libarts.olemiss.edu/ 

This forum will be an informal conversation about the Queer Mississippi oral history project and how theater can be used to creatively present research to broader audiences. Amy McDowell (sociology) and Peter Wood (theater) will discuss their collaboration to meld theater, sociology, and LGBTQ history in a classroom setting and talk about how students in one graduate seminar are using the Queer Mississippi archive to author an original script for theatrical performances. Graduate students from the class may also be joining. 

College of Liberal Arts

StorySlam: Coming Out

Tuesday, October 12

4 p.m. 

LGBTQ Lounge, Lamar Hall – 4th Floor

Using The Moth format, community members will have the opportunity to tell an on time, on topic, true story about their coming out experience. Anyone is able to participate and can talk about any story related to the theme.

Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement

The Southern Cultural Renaissance of the Early Twenty-First Century with Charles Reagan Wilson

Wednesday, October 13

Noon

Location: Tupelo Room in Barnard Observatory

Reflecting the dramatic changes in southern society in the last twenty years, the South’s culture has been transformed. The increasing social diversity is leading to a multicultural society in which African Americans, Latinos, Asians, the white working classes, LGBT people, and others are claiming a new, dramatically different southern identity. In this SouthTalk, Charles Reagan Wilson explores how popular magazines have become a surprising carrier of this new identity to broad regional and national audiences.

Wilson is professor emeritus of history and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi. He served as the director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture (1998–2007) and the Kelly Gene Cook Sr. Chair of History (2007–15). He is the series editor of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, the coeditor of the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, and the coeditor of The Mississippi Encyclopedia (2017). Frequently interviewed by such media outlets as CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and southern newspapers and magazines, he has been an essayist and reviewer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Raleigh News-Observer. Most recently, he served as an Obama Fellow at the Obama Institute of Transnational American Studies at the University of Mainz, Germany.

Center for the Study of Southern Culture 

Wellness Walk Series

Wednesday, October 13

Noon

Grove Stage

The William Magee Center is launching the Wellness Walk Series in Fall 2021 to encourage our campus community to embrace and maintain their physical wellbeing while highlighting its interconnectedness to the other dimensions of wellness. Our office envisions students, staff, faculty, and community members walking together along the University’s designated walking paths.

William Magee Center

Queer Studies Lecture

Thursday, October 14

4 p.m.

Registration for the event via this Link 

Dr. Karen Tongson, Chair, Gender Studies Program, and Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies, English and American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California, will deliver the 8th annual Queer Studies Lecture. 

Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies, College of Liberal Arts, Division of Diversity, and the Isom LGBTQ Arts, Culture, and Community Development Fund

The Ladies I Love: Blake McIver Ewing and Amanda Johnston in a Club Sarahfest Cabaret

Friday, October 15

7:30 p.m.

Music Building – UM Band Hall

Award winning Producer, Director, Actor, Singer, and Songwriter Blake McIver Ewing, who will be serving as a visiting faculty artist in the Department of Music, will be performing an evening of songs from some of his favorite female voices from Barbra Streisand and Carole King to Lady Gaga and Alicia Keys, actor/singer/producer/director Blake McIver Ewing salutes his favorite women artists with a cabaret performance with pianist Amanda Johnston

Department of Music, Sarah Isom Center for Women’s and Gender Studies and Living Music Resource

Marsalis Moments of Mindfulness

Tuesday, October 19

Noon

South Campus Recreation Center – Marsalis Atrium

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Moments of Mindfulness will be performative acts accompanied by guided meditative practices designed to help us achieve this goal.

William Magee Center

Are You Ready? Dialogue Series

Wednesday, October 20

6:15 p.m.

Gertrude C. Ford Ole Miss Student Union – 321

The AYR 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

Wellness Walk Series

Wednesday, October 27

Noon

Grove Stage

The William Magee Center is launching the Wellness Walk Series in Fall 2021 to encourage our campus community to embrace and maintain their physical wellbeing while highlighting its interconnectedness to the other dimensions of wellness. Our office envisions students, staff, faculty, and community members walking together along the University’s designated walking paths.

William Magee Center

Road through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial with Jessica Ingram and David Wharton

Wednesday, October 27

Noon

Virtual Conversation – register via this site

Jessica Ingram’s Road through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial was shortlisted for the 2020 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation First PhotoBook Award and named one of the New York Times Best Art Books of 2020. The result of nearly a decade of research and fieldwork, Ingram’s work unlocks complex histories of the civil rights era, reframing commonplace landscapes as sites of both remembrance and resistance—as the fight for civil rights goes on and memorialization has become the literal subject of contested cultural and societal ground.

Ingram works with multimedia and archives to explore the ethos of communities and notions of progress and resistance in American culture. Raised in Tennessee, she received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and her MFA from California College of the Arts. Her work has been featured in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Oxford American, Vice, Wired, NPR, and as an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival.

In this SouthTalk about her work and on Road through Midnight, Ingram will be in conversation with assistant professor of Southern Studies and director of documentary studies David Wharton. Wharton has an MFA in photography and a PhD in American studies, both from the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of three books of photographs, with a fourth due to be published in 2022. He has taught at the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture since 1999.

Center for the Study of Southern Culture – 

Picture a Mississippi Scientist  

Thursday, October 28

Time TBA

A Mississippi state wide effort to increase awareness and action on women in STEM  – https://www.msdei.org/faqs

Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

Jackie Murray (U. of Kentucky), “Contra Nationis Natum: Black Classicists respond to Birth of a Nation”

Friday, October 29

4 p.m.

Bryant Hall – 209

Jackie Murray is Associate Professor of Classics and African American and Africana Studies at University of Kentucky; this talk focuses on the responses of Black classicists to D.W. Griffith’s racist 1915 film Birth of a Nation.

Department of Classics

Club Sarahfest: An Evening with Kelly Hogan

Friday, October 29

7:30 p.m.

Music Building – UM Band Hall

Singer and Inaugural Sarahfest Artist-in-Residence Kelly Hogan, accompanied by musician Jenny Conlee and UM music students, will perform an evening of music covering different styles and decades. 

Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies, The Department of Music and Living Music Resource

LMR Live with special guests Kelly Hogan and Jenny Conlee

Saturday, October 30 – 3pm

David H. Nutt Auditorium

Musicians Kelly Hogan and Jenny Conlee discuss their music, being women in the business, and much more.

Living Music Resource, Department of Music, Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies

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