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Arts & Lecture Series

2016 - 2017 Season


Forty-nine 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 2016-2017 Season! All programs will be in the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall at 7pm 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.


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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

An Evening of Old-Time String-Band Music: From Mississippi to Moose Pass

Ken Waldman, Harry Bolick, Jack Magee, Shelley Gendusa, Edwin McAllister, Richard Burgess, and Anya Burgess

This variety show of Mississippi string-band music features musicians from Alaska to South Carolina, all with ties to the state. Alaskan fiddling poet, Ken Waldman, is joined by Harry Bolick, author of a new UPM book about the state’s fiddle music. Also coming are Mississippians Jack Magee and Shelley Gendusa, plus Millsaps graduates Edwin McAllister and Richard Burgess. Richard brings his wife, Anya Burgess, a Grammy-nominated fiddler. All seven musicians are multi-instrumentalists—and five are fiddlers. Expect fun, inspiration, and surprises!


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Reflections on 20 Years in Jackson, and the Upcoming Election

Marshall Ramsey

Marshall Ramsey, two-time Pulitzer Finalist, is well known for his on-target editorial cartoons which are syndicated nationally. He is the author of several books including two cartoon collections and a delightful children’s book, Banjo’s Dream. Ramsey is also host of the weekly statewide radio program, Now You’re Talking with Marshall Ramsey, and weekly television show, Conversations, on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.



Thursday, November 10, 2016

Annual Writers’ Program

Richard Grant and Harrison Scott Key

Richard Grant, who grew up in London, is a travel writer who was first drawn to Mississippi by the blues music. He ended up moving to the Mississippi Delta and bought a plantation house at Pluto. His book, Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta, describes the experience. Harrison Scott Key grew up in Mississippi and now lives in Savannah, GA. Key has written The World’s Largest Man about a boy’s struggle to reconcile himself with an impossibly outsize role model, and a grown man’s reckoning with the father it took him a lifetime to understand.



Monday, November 28, 2016

The Craft Beer Industry in Mississippi

Craig Hendry, Lucas Simmons, and Matthew McLaughlin

In 2012 Raise Your Pints, a grass-roots nonprofit organization, led the charge and successfully lobbied the state legislature to increase Mississippi’s beer alcohol cap that was restricting beer made and sold in the state. In 2013, they successfully passed a bill to legalize the hobby of homebrewing in the state. The craft beer industry has grown to include breweries in all parts of the state and brought about the formation of the Mississippi Brewers’ Guild. Craig Hendry, president of Raise Your Pints and an award-winning homebrewer, Lucas Simmons, owner and brewer of Lucky Town Brewing in Jackson, and Matthew McLaughlin, General Counsel to the MS Brewers’ Guild, will discuss the process and the current status of the industry in the state.



Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The State of Our State: Mississippi at 200 Years
Annual Ross Moore History Lecture

Former Governor William F. Winter, Frank X. Walker, and Dr. Stephanie Rolph

The year 2017 marks the bicentennial of Mississippi as a state. Former Governor William F. Winter, writer and poet Frank X. Walker, and Mississippi historian and Millsaps professor Stephanie Rolph will reflect on 200 years of politics, education, culture and history in Mississippi. The panel will examine the connections that we can find in the past as we try to understand our present challenges and work toward more progress in the century to come.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

An Evening of Latin Guitar Music

David Burgess

International Guitar Soloist David Burgess will present an evening of the beautiful rhythmic music of Spain and Latin America. A graduate of the University of Washington, Burgess earned a Diploma de Merito while studying in Italy with Oscar Ghiglia. In the 80’s he took classes from the great Spanish maestro, Andres Segovia, who said he is “an artist of music with a magnificent technique.” Burgess is praised by musicians and critics worldwide and is recognized as one of today’s outstanding guitarists.



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Asylum Hill Consortium: Bioscience, the Humanities, and Opportunity

Dr. Ralph Didlake, Dr. Amy Forbes, Dr. George Bey, and Dr. Janice Brockley

Recent renovations at the University of Mississippi Medical Center have revealed more than 7,000 burial sites from the former Mississippi Lunatic Asylum which operated from 1849 to 1935. The Asylum Hill Research Consortium was created to develop strategies for both appropriately re-interring and honoring the remains and also using the discovery for historical, cultural and archaeological research purposes. The discovery and current research efforts will be discussed.



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Russell Welch Hot Quartet

Russell Welch and Friends

The Russell Welch Hot Quartet is New Orleans’ premier gypsy swing outfit, having performed for festivals, concerts, clubs, and vintage dance events in more than 12 countries. The group combines traditional acoustic hot jazz ala Djano Reinhardt with the energy and unmistakable sound of New Orleans. The group has released three albums in the last three years. Russell is a Jackson native, attended Murrah High School, and was a part of the APAC performing arts program.



The Arts & Lecture Series 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.