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October 2022

In the Kitchen – Partner Cooking Night

Wednesday, October 5

6:00:00 PM – 7:00:00 PM

Whitwell Kitchen – South Campus Recreation Center

Come solo or with a friend to learn how to make an easy, nutritious meal!

William Magee Center

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LGBTQ+ History Month Keynote featuring Dr. David Eng

Thursday, October 6

5:00:00 PM – 6:15:00 PM

Gertrude C. Ford Ole Miss Student Union – Room 323

David L. Eng is Richard L. Fisher Professor of English and Faculty Director of the Program in Asian American Studies. He is also Professor in the Program in Comparative Literature & Literary Theory and the Program in Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies. Eng is author of Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation: On the Social and Psychic Lives of Asian Americans (co-authored with Shinhee Han, Duke, 2019, winner of the Boyer Book Prize and Association for Asian American Studies Book Award Honorable Mention), The Feeling of Kinship: Queer Liberalism and the Racialization of Intimacy (Duke, 2010), and Racial Castration: Managing Masculinity in Asian America (Duke, 2001). 

At Penn, Eng is a founding convenor of the Faculty Working Group on Race and Empire Studies as well as a member of the Executive Board of Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies and the Alice Paul Center. In 2013-14, he helped to organize a Mellon Sawyer Seminar on “Race, Across Time and Space” sponsored by the Mellon Foundation. Eng is on the Board of Trustees of the Development Fund for the American Studies Association as well as a member of the editorial boards of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Queeries: A Journal of Queer Studies, Social Text, and Studies in Gender and Sexuality: Psychoanalysis, Cultural Studies, Treatment, Research. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and a former Chair of the Board of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in New York City.

Center for inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement

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LGBTQ+ History Month Lecture: “High-Risk Homosexual”

Thursday, October 6

6:00:00 PM – 7:30:00 PM

Bondurant Auditorium 

Edgar Gomez, author of High-Risk Homosexual and winner of the 2019 Marcia McQuern Award for Fiction, discusses: intersections of Southern/Latinx/LGBTQ experience; medicalization of sexuality; machismo and homophobia; family trauma and healing; and queer resistance.


FRIES-day Friday

Friday, October 7

11:00:00 AM – 1:00:00 PM

Business Row

Come learn more about consent and grab some FREE FRIES!

William Magee Center, University Police Department, and Violence Intervention and Prevention Services

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Fall family activity days events at the University Museum

Fantastic Fabric-ations: Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month Celebration

Día de Arte Familiar: Fabrica-ciones Fantásticas: Celebración de la Herencia Hispana y Latinx

Saturday, October 8

10:00:00 AM – 12:00:00 PM

University Museum

Family Fun Day at the University Museum with arts, craft, food, and fun with a focus on Hispanic and Latinx art.

University Museum and Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement

National Coming Out Day: Out On The Plaza

Tuesday, October 11

11:00:00 AM – 2:00:00 PM

Gertrude C. Ford Ole Miss Student Union Plaza

To celebrate National Coming Out Day stop by the Studio Union Plaza to celebrate with candy and a photobooth!

Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement

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Story Slam: Coming Out

Tuesday, October 11

5:00:00 PM – 6:30:00 PM

LGBTQ+ Lounge/4th Floor Lamar Hall

To celebrate National Coming Out Day, join us for StorySlam: Coming Out. Share your coming out story(ies). Come for an evening of storytelling, love, tears, laughter, and community. 

Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement

“Region, Race, and History: Racial Palimpsests in the Southern US” – Angel Parham

Wednesday, October 12

12:00:00 PM – 1:00:00 PM

Virtual – Register Here

The racial history of the US is too often defined monolithically in terms of a Black/White color line which has consistently dominated the country. But careful attention to particular regional histories, particularly in the US South with its connections to Latin America and the Caribbean, make clear that there have always been regional nuances that complicate the Black/White dualism often assumed to shape understandings of race across the United States.

Angel Adams Parham is associate professor of sociology and senior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. Her research is in the area of historical and comparative-historical sociology of race. She is the author of American Routes: Racial Palimpsests and the Transformation of Race, which examines changes in race and racialization in New Orleans under the French, Spanish, and Anglo-American administrations. This event is cosponsored by the envisioned University of Mississippi Center for the Study of Race and Racism. 

Center for the Study of Southern Culture and University of Mississippi Center for the Study of Race and Racism

“Hands that Picked Cotton: The Story of Black Politics in Today’s Rural South” Film Screening with Live Q&A

Wednesday, October 12

7:00:00 PM

Lamar Hall – 129

Join the UM Department of Theatre & Film at 7pm on October 12th where documentarian Paul Stekler will screen his debut feature documentary “Hands that Picked Cotton: The Story of Black Politics in Today’s Rural South” that he made in 1985 in the Mississippi delta, with a live Q&A with the audience.

Paul Stekler is a nationally recognized documentary filmmaker whose critically praised and award-winning work includes George Wallace: Settin’ the Woods on Fire; Last Man Standing: Politics, Texas Style; Vote for Me: Politics in America, a four-hour PBS special about grassroots electoral politics; two segments of the Eyes on the Prize II series on the history of civil rights; Last Stand at Little Big Horn (broadcast as part of PBS’s series The American Experience); Louisiana Boys: Raised on Politics (broadcast on PBS’s P.O.V. series); Getting Back to Abnormal (which aired on P.O.V. in 2014); and 2016’s Postcards from the Great Divide, a web series about politics for The Washington Post and PBS Digital.

UM Department of Theatre & Film

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save the date for October 14, 2022 Black alumni career mixer

Black Alumni Career Mixer 

Friday, October 14

3:00:00 PM – 6:00:00 PM

University-Oxford Depot

We invite you to join us for the Black Alumni Career Mixer on Friday, October 14, from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm at University-Oxford Depot, located near the Gertrude C. Ford Center as we kick off the Ole Miss v. Auburn Game Day Weekend! This event is designed to give current students and recent graduates the opportunity to meet and network with Black alumni in a relaxed setting to ask questions related to career paths, professional experiences, and preparation for life after the University of Mississippi. Free admission and refreshments will be served. Business casual attire is encouraged. Event sign up link.

UM Career Center and Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement

UM Listen Board

Wednesday, October 19

11:00:00 AM – 1:00:00 PM

Union Plaza

How are you feeling today? Let us know!

William Magee Center

“Race in The Secret Lives of Church Ladies” – Deesha Philyaw and Ethel Scurlock

Wednesday, October 19

12:00:00 PM – 1:00:00 PM

Virtual – Register Here

Readers and critics alike embraced Deesha Philyaw’s The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, a collection of nine short stories focused on Black women, sex, and the Black church. Yet the collection is rarely discussed as being “about race,” with emphasis placed instead on issues related to gender, sexuality, and religion. In this conversation between Ethel Scurlock and Philyaw, they will explore the significance of race in the book’s stories.

Philyaw’s short story collection won the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the 2020/2021 Story Prize, the 2020 Los Angeles Times’ Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for fiction. Philyaw is also a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow and will be the 2022–23 John and Renée Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi.

Scurlock is dean of the University of Mississippi’s Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, associate professor of English and African American studies, and senior fellow of the Luckyday Residential College. Scurlock became a faculty member at the University of Mississippi in 1996 and has taught honors courses for more than sixteen years. Prior to being named dean, Scurlock was also the director of African American studies. 

Center for the Study of Southern Culture

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Purple Thursday

Thursday, October 20

10:00:00 AM – 1:00:00 PM

Grove Sidewalk 

Purple Thursday is the National Day of action during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. This day is a day where people can take action against domestic violence by raising awareness about domestic violence and showing their commitment to promoting healthy relationships, by wearing purple, starting the discussion, and opening the conversation to talking about domestic violence. Purple ribbon giveaway!

Rallying Against Sexual Assault 

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“Alice Júnior” Hispanic Heritage Film Series

Thursday, October 20

6:00:00 PM – 7:30:00 PM

Bryant Hall – 209

Alice Júnior is a Brazilian transgender teenager who is also a charismatic Youtuber.  When her father accepts a job offer, she has to move to the countryside, where she ends up studying in a Catholic school. She then has to figure out a way to overcome this new difficult environment. The movie is full of humor and hope for the future of the transgender community. The movie is in Portuguese with English subtitles. Free Admission. Everyone is welcome!

Croft Institute for International Studies; Department of Modern Languages; OUTGrads, Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement; Pragda  

Pumpkin Painting with RASA

Monday, October 24

10:00:00 AM – 1:00:00 PM

Grove Sidewalk across from the Union Plaza

Kicking-off It’s On Us Week with Pumpkin Painting! It’s On Us Week is a movement to combat campus sexual assault by engaging all students! Come painting pumpkins with students across campus and members of RASA!

Rallying Against Sexual Assault

Southern Beauty: Race, Ritual, and Memory in the Modern South – Elizabeth Bronwyn Boyd and Darren Grem

Tuesday, October 25

5:30:00 PM – 6:30:00 PM

Off Square Books on the Oxford Square

Southern Beauty: Race, Ritual, and Memory in the Modern South explains a curiosity: why a feminine ideal rooted in the nineteenth century continues to enjoy currency well into the twenty-first. Elizabeth Bronwyn Boyd examines how the continuation of certain gender rituals in the American South has served to perpetuate racism, sexism, and classism.

Boyd is an independent scholar who lives in Takoma Park, Maryland. A native of Jackson, Mississippi, she holds an MA in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi, and a PhD in American studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

Darren Grem is associate professor of history and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi. He is the author of The Blessings of Business: How Corporations Shaped Conservative Christianity and coeditor with Ted Ownby and James G. Thomas Jr. of Southern Religion, Southern Culture: Essays Honoring Charles Reagan Wilson. This event is cosponsored by Square Books.

Center for the Study of Southern Culture and Square Books

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Are You Ready? Dialogue Series – Generational Trauma and Us

Wednesday, October 26

5:00:00 PM – 6:15:00 PM

Bryant Hall – 209

Panel and dialogue event focusing on the why and what of generational trauma and what we can do to heal our communities.

Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement

“Slavery and Race in Holly Springs”

Wednesday, October 26

5:30:00 PM – 6:30:00 PM

Doxey Auditorium, Rust College 150 Rust Ave., Holly Springs, MS 38635

This panel will be moderated by Jodi Skipper, author of the book Behind the Big House: Reconciling Slavery, Race, and Heritage in the US South, and feature cofounders of the Behind the Big House Program, Chelius Carter and Jenifer Eggleston, Members of Gracing the Table, Rkhty Jones and Wayne Jones, and cofounder of Gracing the Table, Alisea Williams-McLeod. Panelists will discuss the development of the Behind the Big House slave dwelling education program and its impacts and role in telling more inclusive historical narratives in the South. This event is cosponsored by Rust College.

Center for the Study of Southern Culture and Rust College

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LGBTQ+ Film Series: Rafiki

Thursday, October 27

6:00:00 PM – 8:00:00 PM

Bryant Hall 209

Rafiki, an LGBTQ+ film from Kenya, will be shown for free.

OUTGrads, Croft Institute for International Studies; Department of Modern Languages; Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement; Pragda  

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Social Justice Leadership Summit

Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29

Friday: 3:00:00 PM – 7:00:00 PM in Gertrude C. Ford Ole Miss Student Union-323

Saturday: 9:30:00 -12:30:00 PM in Bryant Hall

Registration Link – Register by October 26, 2022.

The Social Justice Leadership Summit is an event designed for UM students to develop skills for advocacy and activism that promotes critical questioning and social justice. Over 2 days of facilitated workshops, conversations, and activities you will learn more about yourself, engage in discussion with other students on a variety of issues, and create strategies for implementing positive social change.

*Dinner will be provided on Friday night and a light breakfast provided on Saturday morning.

Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement, Center for Community Engagement, and Gertrude C. Ford Ole Miss Student Union Leadership & Engagement