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Friday Forums

Spring 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.


Dr. Markus Tellkamp - Jaguars at Millsaps! 

Friday, January 24 - 12:30 - 1:30 (AC 215) 

Did you know there are jaguars on Millsaps' campus? On our southern campus in Yucatan that is. Millsaps faculty and students are studying this majestic animal and other predators at our Kaxil Kiuic Biocultural Reserve, providing students with a unique experience. 

Contact: Markus Tellkamp, Assistant Professor of Biology


Millsaps Student Science Research Symposium 

Friday, January 31 - Extended Event (Olin 100)  

Millsaps Undergraduates present the results of scientific research projects at the 24th Annual Millsaps Student Science Research Symposium, sponsored by Beta Beta Beta, the Biological Honor Society. Posters summarizing the projects will be exhibited in the atrium of Olin Hall and oral presentations will be held in Olin 100. 

Contact: Brent Hendrixson, Assistant Professor of Biology 


Millsaps College Honors Conference 

Friday-Saturday, February 7-8 - Extended Event (AC 215) 

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 Millsaps College Honors Conference is the capstone experience of the Honors Program. All Honors students are required to participate and present their research to an audience of peers, the campus community and family and friends. 

Contact: Wolfgang Kramer, Associate Professor of Chemistry 


MILLSAPS FORUM AT NIGHT - Dr. Francisco Estrada- Belli - In Search of Function and Meaning in Maya Architecture  

Wednesday, February 12 - 7:00pm - 8:00 pm (AC 215)

Maya archaeologist and National Geographic Explorer Franscisco Estrada- Belli will present and discuss his recent discovery of a perfectly preserved Maya frieze from the site of Holmul Guatemala. This enormous frieze, 26 feet long and 7 feet high, offers us an exciting new window into the politics, rituals, and religion of the Maya Kings who ruled during the first millennium A.D. in the rainforest of Guatemala. The Holmul frieze is one of the most important archaeological discoveries made in the last decade and one of the most important ever in the Maya world. 

Contact: George Bey, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology; Associate Dean of International Education 


Dr. Tonya Moore - Socio-Economic Patterning of Obesity among African American Women in the Jackson Heart Study

Friday, February 21 - 12:30-1:30 (AC215)  

Want to help make Jackson a healthier city? Don't know where to start? Ever wonder why the health outcomes of some Jackson population groups are so much lower than national averages? Or what can be done about it? Then come get down to the heart of this matter in this week's forum. Dr. Tonya Moore of UMMC will explain why education is so crucial to health outcomes in our city by sharing the results of her cross-sectional analysis of the Jackson Heart Study. 

Contact: Bennie Reynolds, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies


Dr. Louwanda Evans – Cabin Pressure

Friday, February 28 – 12:30-1:30 (AC 215)

From African American pilots being asked to carry people’s luggage to patrons refusing drinks from African American flight attendants, Cabin Pressure demonstrates that racism is still very much alive in the “friendly skies.” Author Louwanda Evans draws on provocative interviews with African Americans in the flight industry to examine the emotional labor involved in a business that offers occupational prestige, but also a history of the systemic exclusion of people of color.

Contact: Louwanda Evans


MILLSAPS FORUM AT NIGHT- Filipe Matos - Immigrant and LGBTQ Rights in America

Monday, March 17 - 7:00-8:00 (AC 215) 

Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez was born to a single mother in the slums of Brazil, who sent him at age 14 to the United States, where he first dreamed of becoming a teacher. Felipe organized and walked on the trail of dreams, a 1,500-mile walk from his home in Miami, FL, to Washington, D.C, in 2010 to draw attention to the need for the DREAM Act. One of this generations most influential civil rights activists, Felipe has a long record of pressuring both Democrats and Republicans for progress on Latino and LGBT issues and offers valuable insight about the inner workings of current political debates and how our community can become more educated and involved. Having been featured multiple times in the New York Times, NBC Latino, the Huffington Post, among other national news sources, his efforts are truly shaping legislation. 


Nussbaum Lecture - Details Pending 

Friday, April 4 - 12:30- 1:30 (AC 215) 


Dr. Matthew Hughey - The White Savior Film: Content, Critics, and Consumption 

Friday, April 11 - 12:30- 1:30 (AC 215) 

For the past quarter-century, Hollywood has produced a litany of "White Savior Films."  From Glory (1989) to Dangerous Minds (1996) and from Amistad (1997) to The Blind Side (2009), such cinema portrays groups of people of color as they struggle through the social order and are then saved and redeemed through the sacrifices of a white Messianic teacher, warrior, or leader.  Through rigorous yet accessible social science theory and methodology, sociologist Matthew Hughey examined fifty films, analyzed nearly 2,800 films reviews, and interviewed eighty individuals and eight focus groups to understand the full circle of production via content, distribution by way of film critic gate-keeping, and audience members' active consumption of media.  His research trifecta refuses to diminish the authority of film text, highlights the influence of cultural mediators, and takes seriously the proposition that consumers are active meaning-makers of film.  His talk will contest "common-sensed" views on the current state of race relations and the media-saturated world by systematically and rigorously engaging with a genre many cite as evidence of our so called "post-racial" era.

Contact: Louwanda Evans, Assistant Professor of Sociology


MILLSAPS FORUM AT NIGHT - Dr. Bennie Reynolds and Dr. James Bowley - What is Biblical Marriage? 

Monday, April 14 - 7:00- 8:00 (AC215)

Constitutional amendments! Heresy Trials! Boycotts of Chic-Fil-A! What is all the fuss about? Americans are debating what marriage is and will be in our society and we have lots of different opinions. In the midst of these discussions and debates, many demand that we preserve or return to a "biblical" definition or standard of marriage. But what constitutes marriage in the biblical text and their cultural environments? Millsaps Religious Studies professors James Bowley and Bennie Reynolds, both internationally recognized experts on the Bible, will outline what a historical-critical approach to the biblical texts can tell us about marriage in the biblical world. And they think many Americans will be shocked to know the truth! 

Contact: Bennie Reynolds, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies