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Arts & Lecture Series

2013 - 2014 Season


Forty-six years of serious, funny, unique programs ...
making us think, laugh and get involved.

We welcome our wonderful audience to join us as we present our 2013-14 Season! All programs will be in the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall at 7 p.m. at Millsaps College. Tickets for each program are $10. For more information, contact the Office of Continuing Education at 601-974-1130.

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2013-14 Season: Upcoming Events



Tuesday, April 29, 2014
How Comics Treat the South
Walter Biggins and Brannon Costello

Brannon Costello and Walter Biggins
Brannon Costello and Walter Biggins

The South has played a central role in comics, both as a subject and as a lens through which we view America. Biggins, a former editor in comic studies, and Costello, a current scholar/writer of comics studies, will talk about how comics have historically represented the South and key events here.




2013-14 Season: Past Events


Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Civilians Under Siege in Vicksburg: The Annual Ross Moore History Lecture
Terrence Winschel, Historian (Retired), Vicksburg National Military Park

The Siege of Vicksburg, 1863

Terrence Winschel, a 35-year veteran of the National Park Service, gave an overview of the Vicksburg military campaign and discuss the civilian experience of being under siege. The retired historian's presentation also featured scores of actual photographs of the citizens themselves.



Monday, December 2, 2013
Eat, Drink, Delta: Notes from a Hungry Traveler
Susan Puckett, Author and Langdon Clay, Photographer

Susan Puckett

Part travel guide, part cookbook, and part photo essay, Eat, Drink, Delta by veteran food journalist Susan Puckett and photographer Langdon Clay uncovers the stories behind the food, the places, the new chefs and the events of the complicated and fascinating place known as the Mississippi Delta.


Tuesday, September 3, 2013
The Blues - Music, Stories, and Photographs
Rambling Steve Gardner, Mississippi's Blues Ambassador to Japan

Rambling Steve Gardner

Mississippi Roots and Bluesman, Rambling Steve Gardner, based in Tokyo, Japan, plays original acoustic,  roots and country blues music with a variety of handmade instruments.  He combines music and storytelling for a musical journey through American music from the early 1800s to the 1950s.


Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Southern Writers Program 
Michael Kardos, Author of The Three Day Affair, and Matthew Guinn, Author of The Resurrectionist

Matthew Guinn & Michael Kardos

Two Mississippi writers will discuss their newest books. Michael Kardos of Starkville will talk about The Three Day Affair, and Matthew Guinn of Ridgeland will discuss The Resurrectionist. Kardos is assistant professor of English at Mississippi State University, and Guinn teaches at Tulane University in Madison.



Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Jackson: Past, Present, and Future
Leland Speed and Charles Evers, and Malcolm White, Moderator

Leland Speed & Charles Evers

Businessman Leland Speed and activist Charles Evers discussed Jackson's history in their own view and then talked about the present city and the future they envision. Malcolm White, director of the Tourism Division of the Mississippi Development Authority, was the moderator.



Monday, February 17, 2014
Jazz, Justice and the Journey of Tradition
The Theodicy Jazz Collective

Theodicy Jazz Collective

Theodicy Jazz Collective was formed at Oberlin Conservatory in 2006 and developed both musically and theologically while in residence at Yale Institute of Sacred Music 2008-2012. Their mission of expanding religious tradition to reflect a more just society has taken them across the nation and to England.



Tuesday, April 1, 2014
At the River
James Martin, Baritone and Jovanni-Rey de Pedro, Pianist

James Martin & Jovanni-Rey de Pedro

James Martin and Jovanni-Rey de Pedro will present an evening of music from around the world. They will include both songs and piano pieces from six continents. Martin is a graduate of Julliard, and de Pedro earned the doctor of musical arts in piano pedagogy and performance at the University of Michigan.