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Friday Forums

Fall 2014 Schedule

All Forum events are free.
Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex, Room 215 at 12:30pm
Unless otherwise noted.

For more information about the Forums, please contact
David Yates via email at David.Yates@millsaps.edu, or 601-974-1294.

Art and Sacred Sites – Glen Rogers

Friday, August 29, 12:30-1:30 PM – AC 215 

Glen Rogers, artist and author of Art & Sacred Sites: Connecting with Spirit of Place, will give a slide presentation of her art inspired by pilgrimages to sacred sites around the world. Originally from Louisville, MS, she received her MFA from San Jose State University and lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for 25 years as a painter, printmaker, and public sculptor before relocating to Mazatlan, Mexico, in 2002. Her work has been exhibited internationally in museums and galleries in the U.S., Mexico, Australia, Belgium, Singapore, Japan, Germany, Korea, and France, and will be on display in August at Fischer Galleries in Jackson.

Contact: Elise Smith, Professor of Art History

Mississippi: Conflict and Change  

Friday, September 5, 12:30-1:30 PM – AC 215  

In 1970, a Millsaps historian and his students began work on a Mississippi history textbook. The final product was so controversial that only a six-year court battle ensured its approval. Forty years later, Conflict and Change stands as a landmark along the road of the state's troubled past. Dr. Charles Sallis, professor emeritus of history, and Dr. Jeanne Middleton-Hairston, Millsaps alum and retired Professor of Education, will share their experiences and reflect on what it meant to rewrite history in a state resistant to change.

Contact: Stephanie Rolph, Assistant Professor of History

People of the Book: Sacred Text and Multi-Faith Conversation – Rev. Ben Maton

Monday, September 15, 7-8 PM – AC 215

Sacred texts are often the basis for disagreements (and even violence) between Jews, Christians, and Muslims. What if those sacred texts became a shared strength and a basis for dialogue? What if sacred texts enabled Jews, Christians, and Muslims talk openly and honestly together? Scriptural Reasoning (SR) is a means of multi-faith engagement that is based on the sacred texts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam so that sincere commitments of faith become the basis for reflection, conversation, friendship, and mutual understanding. Rev. Ben Maton, a graduate student in the Scripture, Interpretation, and Practice program at the University of Virginia and a practitioner of SR, will join the Millsaps community to talk about the history and philosophy of SR, how it is practiced today and what an SR session look like, and the future of the practice in Abrahamic faiths and beyond.

Contact: Chris Donald, Chaplain and Director of Religious Life 

Homer's Odyssey in Song – Joe Goodkin

Wednesday, October 1, 7-8 PM – The Bowl

Chicago-based singer/songwriter Joe Goodkin has been performing his unique interpretation of The Odyssey since 2003. Drawing on his Bachelor's Degree in the Classics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and his years of writing and performing original rock music in the band Paper Arrows, Joe has created a 30 minute composition for solo acoustic guitar and voice, which tells the story of The Odyssey in song, invoking the spirit of the ancient Greek bards who originally brought forth the timeless stories of Odysseus and the heroes of the Trojan War.  Concert will be held in the Recital Hall in case of rain.

Contact: Holly Sypniewski, Associate Professor of Classical Studies

Recording Roman Voices: Ancient Graffiti in the Shadow of Mt. Vesuvius

Friday, October 3, 12:30-1:30 PM – Olin 100 

Millsaps faculty and students will discuss their research with the Herculaneum Graffiti Project, an initiative to document and study the Latin graffiti preserved in ancient cities of the Bay of Naples during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE. The talk will feature innovative techniques of digital preservation as well as some of the notable graffiti from Herculaneum that brings the Romans to life.

Contact: Holly Sypniewski, Associate Professor of Classical Studies

Reproducing Racism – Dr. Wendy Moore

Monday, October 6, 7-8 PM - AC 215

Law schools serve as gateway institutions into one of the most politically powerful social fields: the profession of law. Reproducing Racism is an examination of white privilege and power in two elite United States law schools. Moore examines how racial structures, racialized everyday practices, and racial discourses function in law schools. Utilizing an ethnographic lens, Moore explores the historical construction of elite law schools as institutions that reinforce white privilege and therefore naturalize white political, social, and economic power.

Contact: Louwanda Evans, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Social Entrepreneurship in Mississippi

Friday, October 24, 1:30-2:45 PM – AC 215

Published in May 2014 by Cat Island Books and distributed by the University Press of Mississippi, Mississippi Entrepreneurs highlights the tenacious and courageous journeys of Mississippi men and women who have risked fortune and futures to create successful enterprises and promote significant social causes. Written by Millsaps' alumna Polly Dement, this acclaimed book features 70 stories of prominent entrepreneurs, including many with Millsaps degrees and connections. The October 24, 2014 Millsaps Forum will feature a panel discussion with some of these inspiring leaders, focusing in particular on the stories of Millsaps entrepreneurs.

 Contact: Kenneth Townsend, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Arts and Humanities Symposium

Friday, October 31, 12:30-1:30 PM – AC 215

This Forum features the best student research papers of the year, chosen by a panel of faculty from an array of submissions, in the arts or humanities: Art, Classical Studies, English, History, Modern Languages, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Religious Studies. The names of the winning students and the titles of their papers will be announced two weeks in advance of this Forum. 

Contact: Anne MacMaster, Associate Professor of English

Freshman Reading Essays

Friday, November 7, 12:30-1:30 PM – AC 215

First semester students present essays written in response to the Summer 2013 required reading, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.  Join us to celebrate and share in the work of these young scholars.  To see the summer assignment and the questions students will be addressing in their essays, please visit the Summer Reading website at  http://www.millsaps.edu/academics/2014_freshman_reading_assignment.php

Contact: Anita DeRouen, Director of Writing and Teaching

The Role of Religion in Mississippi during the Civil Rights Years – Dr. Carolyn Dupont

Monday, November 10, 7-8 PM – AC 215

Mississippi Praying examines the white faith communities at ground-zero of the racial revolution that rocked America. This religious history of white Mississippians in the civil rights era demonstrates that their intense religious commitments played critical, not incidental, roles as they confronted black Americans' quest for freedom rights.

Contact: Stephanie Rolph, Assistant Professor of History