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We welcome our wonderful audience to join us as we present our 2012-13 Season! All programs will be in the Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall at 7 p.m. at Millsaps College. Tickets for each individual program are $10. For more information, contact the Office of Continuing Education at 601-974-1130.
Tuesday, April 30
Felder Rushing and Robin Mather
"You Say You Want a (Food) Revolution?"
Fed up with food recalls, food poisoning reports and the rest of the industrial food system? Let gardening expert Felder Rushing and food writer Robin Mather tell you how to eat better for less. Mather, senior associate editor at the Mother Earth News Magazine, will discuss the whole food and other movements . Former food editor for the Clarion-Ledger, Mather is author of The Feast Nearby. Horticulturist and hands-on "dirt" gardener Rushing is a newspaper columnist, radio host, author of 16 gardening books, and lecturer. His down-home approach is rife with anecdotes and tips for all kinds of gardeners, regardless of skill.
In conjunction with Celtic Fest, Máirtín and his band will present a collection of stories and songs from Cork in the deep south of the Emerald Isle (the Mississippi of Ireland!). With generations of storytelling in his family, Máirtín has twice won two All-Ireland storytelling competitions. He will also sing, dance and play his bodhrán (the Irish drum). A playwright and actor, Máirtín appeared in the film, The Wind That Shakes the Barley. He will be joined by two well known Jackson residents Don Penzien (guitar and whistle) and Valerie Plested (fiddle and vocals).
Tuesday, October 9
The New York City Slickers
"Big Apple Style Bluegrass"
(photo by Wayne Takenaka)
The New York City Slickers, an 8 piece high energy, progressive bluegrass band with a Big Apple style, was formed by two Millsaps grads from Jackson, Annie Chadwick and Faser Hardin, and their daughter, Abigail Hardin. Founded in 2008, the group combines the wailing tight harmonies and talents of three singers with the hard driving sound of five musically gifted musicians on banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, bass and accordion. The sound is a synthesis of traditional bluegrass, zydeco, Delta blues and country pop, resulting in theatrically inspired, toe tappin', one of a kind, rocking fun music.
Tuesday, November 13
Susan Haltom, Jane Roy Brown, and Langdon Clay
"One Writer's Garden: New Perspectives from the Authors"
Coauthor Jane Roy Brown will probe the Progressive Era influences on the garden Eudora's mother, Chestina Welty, designed in 1925, and how her mother plunged into gardening when her life changed radically at the outset of the Great Depression. Haltom will discuss the 1940s, a decade both rich and tumultuous in the life of Eudora Welty, with the beginning of a long literary friendship with her new agent, Diarmuid Russell, more success, and near-paralyzing anxiety about loved ones serving in World War II. Photographer Langdon Clay will talk about challenges and opportunities provided by the garden.
Special Feature: On display for this program will be the exhibition "Eudora Welty's Garden," the photographs of Langdon Clay, generously sponsored by Evelyn and Michael Jefcoat of Laurel.
Tuesday, December 4
Karen Thompson Walker, Author
"The Age of Miracles"
Karen Thompson Walker spent three years writing for an hour each morning before heading in to her publishing office in Brooklyn. Professionally, she would recognize how unusual the excitement around The Age of Miracles is, attracting the biggest publishing deals since The Language of Flowers was bought by Pan Macmillan. The book is the story of a young girl and her family who awake one morning to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the earth's rotation has suddenly begun to slow.
This is Walker's first book; she is already working on the next one, and a Miracles movie is forthcoming. It has been optioned in many, many countries and translated widely. Author Justin Cronin said, "'Miracles' indeed. Karen Thompson Walker's debut novel is a stunner from the first page - an end-of-the-world, coming-of-age tale of quiet majesty. I loved this novel and can't wait to see what this remarkable writer will do next." CNN.com said it is a "must read." It made the top ten New York Times Best Seller list, and here's what the Times reviewer said: "A genuinely moving tale that mixes the real and surreal, the ordinary and the extraordinary with impressive fluency and flair ... " Author Amy Bloom said "This is what imagination is." Vanity Fair called it "The Summer Book." Rolling Stone named her "the next big female novelist."
The Age of Miracles has been chosen by the City of Pasadena for its One City, One Story celebration in March 2013. It was also chosen for a top Goodreads Choice Award as one of the most beloved fiction books of the year. For more exciting information about Karen and her book, check out theageofmiraclesbook.com and The Age of Miracles on Facebook.
Walker is the daughter of Millsaps alumna Martha Byrd Thompson, class of '66. Her late aunt, Ann Peetoom Byrd, was in the class of '68.
Tuesday, January 15
Jeff Seabold and Todd Sanders
"Historic and Sustainable Architecture"
This program will feature the historic architecture of Jackson and the current trends and influence that will impact the architectural future. Jeff Seabold, an architect in private practice, and Todd Sanders, an architectural historian, will focus on some of the historic buildings of downtown Jackson and surrounding neighborhoods and how sustainability and smart growth will impact those structures and new city planning.
Seabold, a graduate of Millsaps and MSU School of Architecture, is chair of the Mississippi chapter of the US Green Building Council and is involved with the American Solar Energy Society and Metro-Jackson Rebuilding Together.
Sanders has been an architectural historian with the state Department of Archives and History since 1999. He has a B.A in history and an M.A. in historical architecture from Mississippi State University. He has recently published a book, Jackson's North State Street.
Tuesday, February 5
Composer/Musician in Residence, David Amram, and Millsaps Faculty
"Songs and Improvisations"
David Amram has composed more than 100 orchestral and chamber music works and written many scores for Broadway theatre and film, including the classic scores for the films Splendor in the Grass and The Manchurian Candidate, two operas, and more. A pioneer player of jazz French horn, he is also a virtuoso on piano, flutes and whistles, percussion, and folkloric instruments, as well as a lyricist. Following his talk, Millsaps musician James Martin and other faculty members will join him in a jam session.
Tuesday, March 5
Gene Dattel, Author of Cotton and Race in the Making of America.
"Annual Ross Moore History Lecture: What Mississippi Can Teach America"
Mississippi and America were caught in the powerful dynamic of cotton and race. Dattel's highly praised book discusses the human costs of economic power and brings the relationship of cotton and race out of the regional shadows into the forefront of American history. Mississippi native Dattel is a financial historian, author, government and private sector advisor on American and Asian financial institutions, media commentator, and former international capital markets investment banker.