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Friday Forums

Spring 2016 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.


Journalism and Social Change – A panel discussion featuring Fred Anklam, Hank Klibanoff, and Leslie McLemore, and moderated by Charles Overby

Friday, April 8, Noon - Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex, Room 215

This panel is taking place in partnership with the Mississippi Humanities Council and the Overby Center at the University of Mississippi. The panel is one of three discussions that will be held different locations around the state, each of which will journalism’s role in public while including different panelists and themes.

The all-star panel includes the following:

  • Fred Anklam, a longtime editor at USA Today, who recently returned to Mississippi to serve as inaugural co-editor of the Mississippi News and Information Corporation, a new digital-only nonprofit, nonpartisan news service covering Mississippi government;
  • Les McLemore, the founding director of the Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy, who has worked in Mississippi for many years as an educator, activist, and higher education administrator;
  • Hank Klibanoff, former reporter managing editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and deputy managing editor for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He had also been a reporter for six years in Mississippi and three years at The Boston Globe.  Klibanoff is currently the director of the journalism program at Emory University.
  • Charles Overby will moderate the panel discussion. Overby is the former chairman and CEO of the Freedom Forum, Newseum, and Diversity Institute. He currently serves as chairman of the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics. Overby supervised the news and editorial coverage that led to the Clarion-Ledger winning the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Distinguished Public Service in 1983.

Contact: Kenneth Townsend


Nussbaum Lecture – Change from Within: Bringing Balance and Truth to the Historic Natchez Tableaux by Madeline Iles

Friday, April 15, Noon - Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex, Room 215

Madeline Iles, senior history major at Millsaps, interned for Ed King, Jerry Mitchell, and Mississippi Public Broadcasting. These experiences and her interest in media as a tool for producing social change inspired her to film a documentary about her work to transform the traditional Natchez Tableaux. Throughout its 85 year history, the Tableaux had presented a romanticized view of the Old South. Madeline worked to showcase historical facts, linking the past to current issues of social justice. In addition to changing the program to acknowledge the South's defeat in the Civil War, Madeline pushed for the meaningful inclusion of African Americans in the program along with a frank representation of slavery. Madeline's project documents the unprecedented actions taken in 2015's Confederate Pageant and gives a first-hand view of social change in action.

Contact: Susan Womack