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.
Friday, September 13
David Leventhal and Misty Owens, founding teachers from the internationally-acclaimed Dance for PD® program, will present a demonstration class that highlights the program's methods and curriculum, which have provided a model for classes in more than 100 communities in nine countries around the world. A 13-year collaboration between Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group, Dance for PD® empowers people with Parkinson's disease to explore movement in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative. Professional teaching artists integrate movement from modern, ballet, tap, folk and social dancing, as well as choreographic repertory, to engage participants' minds and bodies and to create an enjoyable, social environment for artistic exploration. After leading an abbreviated class, Misty and David will discuss the program and take questions from the audience.
Friday, September 20
Considering studying abroad, or just learning from those who have? Come listen to the amazing experiences of four students who took advantage of Millsaps study-abroad programs last year. Laney Lenox got to know the people of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and learned about "The Troubles" while enrolled in Peace and Conflict Studies. Lily Womble examined rape in Cameroon by interviewing girls and other community members, culminating in a thesis: Silence, Shame and Stigma. Brandon Guichard spent twelve months in Japan at Akita International University where he participated in a unique cultural tradition called Yamahage. Dressing up as a kami (god) of the mountains, along with others from the community, he visited children in their homes. Mary Schmidt spent the spring in New Zealand and learned that Middle Earth is home to much more than hobbits, elves and dragons! Hear their stories; ask questions; think about what country you might like to visit.
Friday, September 27
Erin Jordan ('11) will offer her reflections on education in Tanzania based on experiences volunteering in a local Tanzanian secondary school for a year and overseeing a crowd-funded 'photovoice' project that empowered the students to produce text and images for their own newspaper.
Friday, October 4
This week Hilary Becker (University of Mississippi) explores how the Romans developed an array of natural pigments to create their fabulous wall decorations. After her presentation, Dr. Becker will lead a hands-on workshop on how to make your own fresco using ancient techniques. Advanced registration for the workshop required, email David.Yates@millsaps.edu for registration information.
Thursday, October 10
* 6 - 7 p.m.
"I begin with the premise that nothing exists outside of our experience of our lives; I tell myself continually that there is nothing except the constant, ever changing moment. I do this in order to simplify my working process and to dull the anxiety I feel living in this world beset by numerous worries. It helps me to focus primarily on the occupation of mark making, arranging and assembling that comprises the majority of my work. My hope is that this process will result in an object that evokes a kind of empathy from the viewer and a communion. My work is about acknowledging the communion that exists between people and proposing the dismal idea of an existence without others."
Friday, October 25
Did you know that Mississippi has some of the highest rates of new HIV diagnoses in the country? Learn more about the HIV/AIDS crisis in Mississippi, stereotyping and social injustices surrounding HIV/AIDS, and initiatives being taken to mitigate these problems. The panel includes Lori Genous, Millsaps College's Director of Health Promotion, Linda Rigsby, attorney and Health Law Director at the Mississippi Center for Justice, the Executive Director and Director of Operations at Grace House, and students from the Millsaps chapter of Amnesty International.
Friday, November 1
First semester students present essays written in response to the Summer 2013 required reading, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Join us to celebrate and share in the work of these young scholars as they consider issues related to medical ethics, race relations and the representation of authentic voices in nonfiction narratives. To see the summer assignment and the questions students will be addressing in their essays, please visit the Summer Reading web page.
Friday, November 8
A Christian minister and a Hindu monk fall in love and get married. How does this interfaith relationship work? Saffron Cross is the intriguing memoir of the relationship between Dana, a Baptist minister, and Fred, a devout Hindu and former monk. The two meet on eHarmony and begin a fascinating, sometimes daunting but ultimately inspiring journey of interfaith relationship and marriage. Dana's compelling vignettes, laced with self-deprecating humor and refreshing honesty, give you a glimpse into the challenges and benefits of bringing together two vastly different spiritual paths into one household. At a time when people are inundated with messages of intolerance and hate, Saffron Cross is a welcome and inspiring story of empathy, love and understanding.
Friday, November 22
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.