All Forum events are free.
Ford Academic Complex, Room 215 at 12:30pm
Unless otherwise noted.
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Millsaps undergraduates present the results of scientific research projects at the 22nd Annual Millsaps Research Symposium, sponsored by Beta Beta Beta, the Biological Honor Society. Posters summarizing the projects will be on exhibited in the atrium of Olin Hall, and oral presentations will be held in Olin 100 (Campus Map).
Note: This Forum event begins at 4:30pm and will be held in room 137 of the Gertrude Ford Academic Complex.
The 4th annual Latin American Studies Mini-Symposium addresses "The Border, Immigration, and the War on Drugs." Sharing a 2,000-mile border, the USA and Mexico are bound more closely than ever by commerce, demographics, and culture. But they often differ sharply in responding to the challenges of immigration and narcotics trafficking. Meanwhile, a perceived anti-immigrant stance helped cost the Republican party a landslide loss of the Latino vote in 2012, and Mexico's war against drug cartels has cost some 60,000 lives. Surveying attempts by US and Mexican authorities to regulate migration and contain the cartels, anthropologists Steve Striffler and Cecilia Ballí consider the practical impact of both efforts, the politicizing of initiatives, and new directions those policies may take.
Cecilia Ballí, an anthropologist and prize-winning journalist, hails from the Texan border city of Brownsville. A regular contributor to Harper's and Texas Monthly, she has written on themes including undocumented border crossers, Mexico's war on drugs, and the slaying of hundreds of young women in Ciudad Juárez. Dr. Ballí teaches at the University of Texas at Austin, and her forthcoming book is called The Fence: U.S.- Mexico Border Enforcement in the Age of National Security.
Steve Striffler is Chair of Latin American Studies and Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Orleans. His research in Ecuador, Mexico, Colombia, and the U.S. South focuses on labor conflicts, immigration, and popular protest. His books include In the Shadows of State and Capital: The United Fruit Company, Popular Struggle, and Agrarian Restructuring in Ecuador (Duke, 2002) and Chicken: The Dangerous Transformation of America's Favorite Food (Yale, 2005). Dr. Striffler is currently exploring the impact of coal mining in Colombia.
The 2012-2013 Honors Conference begins with three students providing short overviews from this year's various honors projects. The Honors Program at Millsaps College offers students the opportunity to pursue original work under the mentorship of a faculty advisor. It integrates past coursework with rigorous independent inquiry which leads to more advanced scholarship. The conference will continue throughout the afternoon with presentations across numerous disciplines.
Note: This Forum event will begin at 7pm
Reception will be held in the Lewis Art Gallery (third floor of Gertrude Ford Academic Complex)
Christina Nguyen Hung is an interdisciplinary artist who works in a wide range of media. Through her research, she combines electronic and biological media, tools and processes to create artworks that reveal how cultural and scientific knowledge systems are inextricably bound together, through their creation, representation and distribution. Her work has been presented internationally at numerous venues including the exhibition A Knock at the Door at The Cooper Union in New York; the Wats:on? Interdisciplinary Festival at Carnegie Mellon University; ISEA 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey; the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (NTMoFA) in Taichung, Taiwan; and the Festival Intermediale, in Mainz, Germany.
In 2011, Christina was named one of four CAAH Creativity Professors, a two-year professorship awarded by College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities at Clemson. Also in 2011, she was awarded a grant from the Clemson University Research Grant Committee (URGC), and a seed grant from Clemson's CyberInstitute for the creation of a New Media Art graduate research lab. Christina presented her work at the Super Computing 2011, SC11 conference in Seattle, in November 2011 as part of a team of researchers sponsored by the CyberInstitute.
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Composer/writer/performer David Amram will highlight his week in residence at Millsaps (see full 2013 Millsaps Music Symposium schedule) with stories of lessons learned over the past 62 years, from the time he met Dizzy Gillespie in 1951 in a basement apartment in Washington DC, all the way to the present day. David will recount listening to other artists showed him how to overcome negativity and look for beauty in every situation.
David Amram has composed more than 100 orchestral and chamber music works, written many scores for Broadway theater and film, including the classic scores for the films Splendor in The Grass and The Manchurian Candidate; two operas, including the groundbreaking Holocaust opera The Final Ingredient; and the score for the landmark 1959 documentary Pull My Daisy, narrated by novelist Jack Kerouac. He is also the author of three books, Vibrations, an autobiography, Offbeat: Collaborating With Kerouac, a memoir, and Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat published in the fall of 2007 by Paradigm Publishers.
A pioneer player of jazz French horn, he is also a virtuoso on piano, numerous flutes and whistles, percussion, and dozens of folkloric instruments from 25 countries, as well as an inventive, funny improvisational lyricist. He has collaborated with Leonard Bernstein, (who chose him as The New York Philharmonic's first composer-in-residence in 1966), Dizzy Gillespie, Langston Hughes, Dustin Hoffman, Willie Nelson, Thelonious Monk, Odetta, Elia Kazan, Arthur Miller, Charles Mingus, Lionel Hampton, Johnny Depp and Tito Puente.
Douglas C. Houchens Professor of English at Davidson College, Alan Michael Parker has written three novels, Cry Uncle, Whale Man (WordFarm, 2011) and The Committee on Town Happiness (Dzanc Books, 2014), along with seven collections of poems: Days Like Prose, The Vandals, Love Song with Motor Vehicles, A Peal of Sonnets, Elephants & Butterflies, Ten Days (with painter Herb Jackson), and Long Division (Tupelo Press, June, 2012). He served as Editor ofThe Imaginary Poets, and co-editor of two other volumes of scholarship. His poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, Paris Review, Pleiades,and The Yale Review, among other magazines, and in 2011 were anthologized in The Best American Poetry as well as The Pushcart Prize; his prose has appeared in journals including The Believer, The New York Times Book Review,and The New Yorker.
Alan Michael Parker has received numerous awards and fellowships, including three Pushcart Prizes, the Fineline Prize from the Mid-American Review, and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America; his 2011 novel, Whale Man, was a finalist for the 2011 ForeWord Reviews's "Book of the Year Award" in the category of Literary Fiction.
Since 1998, Alan Michael Parker has taught at Davidson College, where he was promoted to the rank of Full Professor in 2007; in 2012, he was awarded the Douglas C. Houchens Professorship in English. He is also a Core Faculty Member in the Queens University low-residency M.F.A. program. He lives in Davidson, NC with his wife, the artist Felicia van Bork.
Sheryl St. Germain's poetry books include Making Bread at Midnight, How Heavy the Breath of God, The Journals of Scheherazade, and Let it Be a Dark Roux: New and Selected Poems. A memoir Swamp Songs: the Making of an Unruly Woman, was published in 2003, and she co-edited, with Margaret Whitford, Between Song and Story: Essays for the Twenty-First Century. Her most recent book, Navigating Disaster: Sixteen Essays of Love and a Poem of Despair, was released in September of 2012. She directs the MFA program in Creative Writing at Chatham University.
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This reading is part of Workshopping the Workshop, a two-day discussion of creative writing teaching practices. Read more information on this discussion.
This talk is part of a work in progress that examines the intersection of science, culture, and belief in antebellum America. Dr. Brown will examine Kemble's account of her residence among the slave population on St. Simon's plantation in the Georgia Sea Isles and the development of her ideas, drawn principally from the pseudo-science of phrenology, regard the possibility of the mutability of human kind and the perfectibility of black Africans in the slaveholding South.
Chandos Brown received his Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University (1987). He specializes in American intellectual and cultural history, literature, history of science, and the history of medicine from the seventeenth through the early twentieth centuries. He is author of Benjamin Silliman: A Life in the Young Republic (Princeton, 1989), which won the Forum on the History of Science in America's prize for "best" book in 1990, and of articles on science and gender in the early republic. He is currently at work on a collection of essays that examine the construction of social identity in antebellum America within the transforming contexts of law, medicine and science.
Note: This Forum event will begin at 1:30pm
Michael Ray Charles was born in 1967 in Lafayette, Louisiana, and graduated from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in 1985. In college, he studied advertising design and illustration, eventually moving to painting, his preferred medium. Charles also received an MFA degree from the University of Houston in 1993. His graphically styled paintings investigate racial stereotypes drawn from a history of American advertising, product packaging, billboards, radio jingles, and television commercials.
Note: Reception will be held in the Lewis Art Gallery (third floor of Gertrude Ford Academic Complex)
Kara Dunne is a printmaker, video, performance and installation artist who lives in Providence, Rhode Island. A recent resident at both the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and the Burren College of Art, Dunne's recent printmaking and video work has been shown in New York, San Diego, and Washington DC. Her creative drive stems from her background in both the visual arts as well as theater; the combination of the two enabled her to explore the opportunities of the live, the staged and the recorded.
Printmaking often becomes a way of creating prop or costume and it is fully incorporated into her performances and videos. Ultimately, Dunne believes looking at art shouldn't be easy, and she strives to involve the viewer directly in her work through some means of interaction.
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Leggett Center, Campbell Student Center
"Any serious discussion of the civil rights movement's future must deal with at least four moral and organizational imperatives - stewardship, inclusiveness, concern for the disadvantaged, and re-dedication to non-violence as both ethical and effective tools for struggle." - Myrlie Evers. More information to come.
Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the war on terror became a focal point of American politics. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan sparked antiwar protests in the mid-2000s and public opinion shifted, as once supportive voters demanded an end to hostilities in Iraq. The use of the military to enforce foreign policy was a crucial issue in the 2004 and 2006 elections, and the continuing debate over the American presence in Iraq shaped the early stages of the 2008 presidential primaries.
Professor Rojas will discuss the work progressive activists, the people who organize protest and act on behalf of various issues of the Left such as civil rights, the environment, and labor.
Join David Culpepper, Faculty Chair of ELSEWorks, Joe Donovan, Director of Entrepreneurial Development, and professors involved with the Else School of Management's entrepreneurial initiative known as ELSEWorks as they provide an overview of this innovative program that encourages and promotes entrepreneurship and positive social change in the community, state, and region. ELSEWorks includes Academic, Business Development, Commercialization, and Social Entrepreneurship components. Else School of Management faculty Blakely Fender, Ray Grubbs, and Penny Prenshaw will be joined by students to discuss this exciting partnership.
ELSEWorks provides students unparalleled opportunities working with faculty, alumni, and industry experts to gain high level business experience in a number of settings and to engage the community. Programs benefitting students, businesses, and the community are provided through the Business Advantage Program (BAP), an academic concentration in Entrepreneurship, the ELSEWorks Entrepreneurial Investment Fund, ELSEWorks Internships and Business Analyst positions, an ELSEWorks Entrepreneurship Practicum, and Class Consulting projects.
What is it about watching a movie, any movie, that grabs our attention? Steve Smith (Professor of Philosophy and Co-director of the Millsaps Film Studies program) will disagree with major realist and nonrealist theories of movie experience and offer his own proposal. Along the way, he will show some intriguing "metamoments" when movies seem to invite their audiences to realize something important about the experience they're having.