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Friday Forums

Spring 2015 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
Kenneth Townsend via email at Kenneth.Townsend@millsaps.edu, or 601-974-1061.

 

Technology and the Experience of Battle in the First World War - Bill Storey, PhD

Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, 12:30 PM - AC 215

Around the world, people are commemorating the centennial of the First World War. The war is often remembered as an avoidable, futile, industrialized slaughter, yet when we take into account the history of the war’s key technologies, the picture appears to be more complex. This lecture will interpret the war in light of new approaches to the history of technology, hoping to shed light on the experience of soldiers in the First World War. The lecture will draw on the second edition of Dr. Storey’s book, The First World War: A Concise, Global History.

Contact: Bill Storey, Professor of History

Church-State Concerns in the School Choice Movement - Janet Bordelon, PhD

Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 12:30 PM - AC 215

How do policy-makers balance a faith community’s freedom to practice their religion and teach their children with the government’s obligation to impartiality in matters of religion? How do these public policy stances by a faith community impact other political positions taken by that constituency? Historian Dr. Bordelon’s research can offer an historic overview on issues of school choice, complemented by particular case studies of faith communities and their involvement in political advocacy for school choice.

Contact: Chris Donald, Chaplain and Director of Religious Life

Special Friday Forum to Commemorate Founders Day

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 12:00 PM - AC 215

Voices representing different points in the history of Millsaps College will come together for a special Friday Forum at 12:00 noon on Friday, February 20 in celebration of our 125th anniversary.

The program will reflect on the College’s distinguished and influential past, and look forward to its bright and exciting future. Invited participants for this important panel include: 

  • Dr. Stephanie Rolph, assistant professor of history, who will provide context on the early years of Millsaps, from its founding in 1890 until the mid-20th century.
  • Dr. T.W. Lewis, professor emeritus of religious studies, who will focus on the second half of the 20th century.
  • Current student Daniel Kees, a senior majoring in political science, who will share his thoughts on the current state of Millsaps and what he hopes to see happening in the years to come.

Please make plans to join us for this special discussion about Millsaps College!

Contact: Kenneth Townsend, Special Assistant to the President

Poetry Reading - Cammy Thomas, PhD

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 12:30 PM - AC 215

Former Millsaps College professor Cammy Thomas is the author of Inscriptions (2014) and Cathedral of Wish (2006). Cathedral of Wish received the 2006 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. Dr. Thomas will be reading her published poems aloud to the audience.

Contact: Anne MacMaster, Assistant Professor of English

The Impact of Indian Boarding Schools - Deborah H. Barnes, PhD

Friday, March 20, 2015 12:30 PM - AC 215

This multimedia presentation will ask the audience to critically consider education as other than the “pathway to freedom.” Using Toni Morrison’s Paradise as a literary point of entry, Dr. Barnes will examine the impact of Indian boarding schools as strategic “weapons of mass destruction” in the arsenal of government strategies to insure the removal and eventual genocide of Native peoples. These government-funded, sometimes church-sponsored schools were designed to “kill the Indian, save the man,” so that the Red man would better fit into the repressive socio-economic framework of modern Capitalism. 

Contact: Eric Griffin, Professor of English

Human Trafficking in the United States - Ashlee Parks

Friday, March 27, 2015 12:30 PM - AC 215

Following a documentary shown the previous night, Ashlee Parks will lead a discussion to increase awareness of human trafficking in the US and abroad.

Contact: Sara Jo Ridgeway

Temple of the Scene: The greatest funny movie scenes

Friday, April 10, 2015 12:30 PM - AC 215

Millsaps students and faculty will present movie clips that they have identified in their search of “the greatest funny movie scene.” In the lecture, they will discuss why the scenes are particularly appealing to such a wide audience and will present their conclusion of the greatest funny movie scene.

Contact: Steve Smith, Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Carl Abbott Maya to Modern: Informed by the Land

Friday, April 17, 2014 12:30 PM - AC 215

Discover the creative world of Carl Abbott, one of the most highly awarded architects in the southern US and Caribbean region, as he reveals connections in his modern work from studies of ancient civilizations. Carl feels strongly that architecture and nature shape our lives — he designs buildings that are informed by the land — view lines, natural light, breezes, courtyards, nature — the infinite horizons of the sea and sky. Carl will show connections in his architecture along with images from his recent studies with National Geographic archeologists to reveal the exotic, sophisticated world of the Maya.

Contact: George Bey, Professor of Sociology-Anthropology

Nussbaum Lecture

Friday, April 24, 2015

Speaker: TBD

Contact: Susan Womack, Associate Vice President for Development Operations