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Arts & Lecture Series

2014 - 2015 Season


Forty-seven 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 2014-15 Season! All programs will be in the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall at 7 p.m. at Millsaps College unless otherwise noted. Tickets for each program are $10. For more information, contact the Office of Continuing Education at 601-974-1130. Campus map

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2014-15 Season: Upcoming Events


Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Homegrown Enterprises:  Mississippi Entrepreneurs Tell "How They Did It"
Polly Dement

Polly Dement

Author Polly Dement and enterprise creators featured in Mississippi Entrepreneurs tell how the visionary, risk-taking creators of the state's homegrown business, social and cultural enterprises achieved success.  The theme "how they did it" links 70 stories told in the entrepreneurs' own words in the book published in 2014 by Cat Island Books and distributed by University Press of Mississippi. Panelists include Dr. Bill Cooley, Toni Cooley, Jeff Good, Dan Blumenthal, and Joe Donovan.



Friday, April 10, 2015
Schubert and Bluegrass
The New York City Slickers

New York City Slickers

The New York City Slickers return to Millsaps and join the Millsaps Singers in presenting Carol Barnett’s highly acclaimed “The World Beloved: A Blue Grass Mass.” This work will be contrasted with a short, traditional setting of the mass by Franz Schubert, accompanied by strings. Dr. Tim Coker will conduct both works. The program will conclude with special selections by the City Slickers.



Tuesday, April 28, 2015
An Evening of Musical Favorites from Around the World
Marta Szlubowska Ensemble, Strings and Accordion

Marta Szlubowska Ensemble

The new Marta Szlubowska Ensemble, an international 6 piece string ensemble featuring Janusz Szlubowski on the accordion, will present an evening of wonderful arrangements of classical and popular favorites. The music will include some classical, jazz, standards and folk music from around the world. Many area music lovers are already familiar with Marta Szlubowska who is concertmistress of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.



Previously this season...

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Southern Writers Program
A Couple of Oxford Writers: Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin

Tom Franklin & Beth Ann Fennelly

Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin, Oxford residents (and spouses), are both established writers on their own, but they have now collaborated on a joint novel, The Tilted World, a tale of the Great Flood of 1927 era.  Fennelly , a poet, is associate professor of English and director of the MFA program at Ole Miss.  Franklin, also an associate professor of English at the university, has published three novels including Crooked Letter and a collection of stories.



Tuesday, October 7, 2014
The Mounds of Mississippi, Annual Ross Moore History Lecture
Sam Brookes, Archaeologist

Sam Brookes

Brookes, retired archaeologist, will talk about the mysterious and forgotten aspects of Mississippi and the southeast’s native people.  It is now known that the earliest mound and mound groups in the world were built in LA and MS around 4500 BC, which predate the Great Wall of China, Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids. The proposed Mississippi Mound Trail will also be discussed.  Brookes was with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and the USDA Forest Service.



Monday, November 3, 2014
Nominated as a Federal Judge and Surviving to Write About It
Judge Leslie H. Southwick

Judge Leslie H. Southwick

Leslie H. Southwick, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, will discuss what it is like to be a controversial nominee for federal court judgeship in the present political environment.  Southwick,  who was appointed to the federal court in 2007, described his experiences in his recent book, The Nominee.



Monday, November 24, 2014
Southern Songwriters 
Lauren Murphy and Will Kimbrough

Will Kimbrough and Lauren Murphy

Murphy, a Louisiana born musician with Mississippi ties, is a classically trained artist with rock and roll and acoustic experience. She’s been described as writing and singing “finely crafted tunes from the heart …”  Kimbrough, an Alabama native who has been writing songs and playing guitar since he received a guitar from his parents for his 12th birthday, is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist/producer and sideman to the stars.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Natchez Burning
Greg Iles


Greg Isles

Iles, who lives in Natchez, wrote Natchez Burning as the first part of a trilogy he’s writing featuring Penn Cage and set in Natchez. A graduate of the University of Mississippi, Iles has completed 14 novels, an e-book and an interactive e-book about his participation in a writer/musician band, the Rock Bottom Remainders. He’s had 13 books on the New York Times best-seller list. Iles, also a musician, was a guitarist/vocalist/songwriter with the rock group Frankly Scarlet.



This program is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.