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Who Should Attend and What to Expect

Spring 2016 Great Topics Seminars: "Hopes and Impediments: Modern Africa through the Novels of Chinua Achebe and Buchi Emecheta"


Who should attend?

  • Lifelong learners who value serious intellectual stimulation
  • Community volunteers and activists
  • Professionals in public and private schools and foundations
  • Those who affect public opinion in their communities
  • Members of the legal, medical and other professions
  • Administrators in governments at the local, state, and federal levels

What can you expect?

The Millsaps Great Topics Seminars: Studies in the Humanities and Sciences are designed for serious lifelong learners as well as corporate and professional leaders and community volunteers/activists in the Jackson metropolitan area.  These seminars provide opportunities for serious engagement with intellectual issues affecting society and the individual.  More than 330 leaders have taken our seminars since they were established in 1988.

Participants are selected for their interest and/or expertise in a particular topic as well as  accomplishments or recognized leadership potential and the age, gender and the ethnic diversity they provide the group.  They are encouraged through collaborative learning techniques to develop a greater capacity for analysis and synthesis of ideas, critical thinking, oral and written communication, and appreciation for the values inherent in our institutions and practices, including historical and literature components.  The Great Topics Seminars require extensive reading assignments and informal reflective writing of all participants.

The application deadline is December 1. Enrollment in the Seminar is limited.