Arts and Lecture Series

2018–2019 Programs

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Marta Szlubowska Ensemble

The Marta Szlubowska Ensemble

The Marta Szlubowska Ensemble is composed of seven professional musicians who will present a program of light classics and popular music arranged for strings and accordion. Vivaldi Seasons, Dvorak and Brahms dances, Gershwin jazzy songs as well as French, Jewish, Polish, and American popular songs and tunes will be featured. The audience is encouraged to participate by clapping or singing along on some of the pieces. Marta Szlubowska is director and violin soloist as well as concertmaster of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Annual Writers’ Program

Joseph Crespino and Ralph Eubanks

The annual writers’ program will feature Joseph Crespino and Ralph Eubanks. Crespino is the Jimmy Carter Professor of History at Emory University. He is the author of Atticus Finch: The Biography, In Search of Another Country, Strom Thurmond’s America, and winner of the 2008 Lillian Smith Book Award from the Southern Regional Council. He lives in Decatur, Georgia. Ralph Eubanks, visiting professor at the University of Mississippi, is an author and journalist who grew up in Mt. Olive, Mississippi, and lives in Washington, DC. He served as director of publishing at the Library of Congress from 1995 to 2013. Eubanks is a former editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review at the University of Virginia. He is currently finishing a piece on Mahalia Jackson for the upcoming book Can I Get a Witness, Thirteen Peacemakers, Community Builders, and Agitators for Faith and Justice.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Singer/Songwriter Chuck Prophet

Chuck Prophet

Chuck Prophet recorded his very first recording session at Hyde Street Studio in San Francisco while still in high school. His newest album, Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins, was also recorded there and he says, “California has always represented the Golden Dream, and it’s the tension between romance and reality that lurks underneath the surface in all noir films and paperbacks and that connects these songs.” Gritty and jangly, Chuck’s newest album features 13 original works.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library at Mississippi State University

The Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library at Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University is now home to the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library which opened in November of 2017. The library features selections of Grant’s papers, photography from wartime and his two presidential terms, and other memorabilia. Dr. John F. Marszalek, the library’s executive director, and historians Dr. Louie P. Gallo and Dr. David S. Nolen, will talk about the impact the library is having and their recent publication of the personal memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

“Reel” Mississippi

Mississippi Film Office  directors

This program will showcase and celebrate the history of filmmaking in Mississippi presented by previous and current Mississippi Film Office directors. The Mississippi Film Office was created in 1973, the second film commission in the world. Filming in Mississippi began as early as 1914 and has included projects as varied as This Property is Condemned and Mississippi Masala to O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Insider, Ballast, My Dog Skip, Cookie’s Fortune and hundreds of other titles that also now include long-running reality-based television series like Bring It! on Lifetime and Home Town on HGTV. Nina Parikh, Director of the Mississippi Film Office, will moderate the discussion with a panel of former Mississippi Film Office directors, Walterine Odom, Senator John Horhn, and Ward Emling.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

A Tale of Two Observatories

Tom Howorth and the Observatory

The MIllsaps College Observatory was completely renovated in 2017 with a major grant from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and generous gifts from private donors. With the original construction completed just after the turn of the twentieth century, the Observatory is the oldest building on the Millsaps campus. It was designated a Mississippi Landmark by the State of Mississippi in 2009. Architect Tom Howorth of Oxford will talk about the Barnard Observatory at the University of Mississippi and the 1989 restoration and adoptive reuse. The Observatory is now the home building of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. Jackson architect Robert Parker Adams, the only principal architect in Mississippi with the distinction of a Master of Arts in Historic Preservation, oversaw the Millsaps James Observatory restoration.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The Muscle Shoals Influence on Music Today

Kate Campbell and Spooner Oldham

Three Southern musicians, Will Kimbrough, Kate Campbell, and Spooner Oldham, will present a program of music and storytelling, based on growing up and living in the South. Kimbrough, a Nashville-based Gulf Coast native, is a writer, producer, and performer whose credits include work with Emmylou Harris and Jimmy Buffett. Oldham is an American songwriter, a noted session musician, organist, and keyboard player. Oldham played on such hits as “When A Man Loves A Woman” and “Mustang Sally,” and is one of the great Muscle Shoals session players, having recorded with Aretha Franklin, Percy Sledge, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young. Kate Campbell, a singer-songwriter who grew up in the Mississippi Delta, has an eloquent gift for storytelling in the Southern literary tradition. The musicians will talk about the Muscle Shoals influence and perform many of their hits.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Robert Kennedy’s Visit to Mississippi

Ellen Meacham, Jane Hearn, Jerry Duck, and Ron Greer

Ellen Meacham

This program will recall the historic visit of Senator Robert F. Kennedy to Mississippi, including his visit to Millsaps, during the Civil Rights Era. Jerry Duck and Ron Greer, two of the Millsaps students who helped facilitate Kennedy's time on campus, will reflect on the impact of that formative experience. Ellen Meacham's book Delta Epiphany: Robert F. Kennedy in Mississippi tells the story of Kennedy's visit to the state. Meacham published, for the first time, some photographs from that visit taken by the late Jim Lucas, a Millsaps alumnus who documented Kennedy's time in Mississippi. Jane Hearn, Lucas' widow, has edited and published a book of those photographs Lucas took while a student at Millsaps. She will talk about how that book, A Past That Won't Rest: Images of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi, came to fruition.



Arts and Lecture Series


Part of the College's community outreach mission, the Arts and Lecture Series was created in the mid-1960s by volunteers, many of them Millsaps College alumni, to bring unique programs of music, literary, current events, history, and more to the greater community. Many of the performers and lecturers are from Mississippi or have Mississippi connections. The 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.

All programs will be in the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall at 7pm unless otherwise noted. 



Tickets for each individual program are $10. Season tickets are also available - see the rates below.

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Contact the Continuing Education office directly:

Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series
Continuing Education Office
Millsaps College
Jackson, MS 39210-0001
Phone: 601.974.1130


Season Ticket Rates

Membership categories Regular Early Bird (through Aug. 28)
Major Benefactor (4 tickets) $1000  
Benefactor (4 tickets) $700  
Patron (4 tickets) $500  
Sponsor (2 tickets) $200  
Member (1 ticket) $70 $65
Senior Citizen (age 60 or older, 1 ticket) $60 $55



Contact Us

For more information, contact the Office of Continuing Education,, 601.974.1130.