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Arts & Lecture Series

2015 - 2016 Season


Forty-eight years of serious, funny, unique programs...
making us think, laugh and get involved.

We welcome our wonderful audience to join us as we present our 2015-16 Season! All programs will be in the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall at 7 p.m. at Millsaps College unless otherwise noted. Tickets for each program are $10. For more information, contact the Office of Continuing Education at 601-974-1130. Campus map


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2015-16 Season: Upcoming Events



Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Katrina-Ten Years Later: Annual Ross Moore History Lecture
Governor Haley Barbour, Tim Isbell, NancyKay Wessman, and Jere Nash

Governor Haley Barbour has published America’s Great Storm: Leading through Hurricane Katrina for the tenth anniversary of the storm. NancyKay Wessman’s Katrina, Mississippi – Voices from Ground Zero is the first-hand story of the first responders during Katrina. Award winning photographer Tim Isbell contributed to Barbour’s book and has completed a photographic book, The Coast, which shows the beauty of the Mississippi Gulf coast as it recovers from Katrina. Moderator Jere Nash, political consultant and writer, assisted Governor Barbour with his book on Katrina.



Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Debut Southern Writers
Katy Simpson Smith, Taylor Kitchings, and Jamie Kornegay

Jackson native Katy Simpson Smith who lives and teaches in New Orleans, published her first novel, The Story of Land and Sea, this year. Set in waning years of the American Revolution, it follows three generations of a family. Taylor Kitchings, also a Jacksonian, is publishing his first book, Yard War, which is a civil rights based story set in the state and targeted to middle-school age students. Jamie Kornegay, owner of Greenwood’s Turnrow Book Company, has published his first book, Soil, about an idealistic young farmer.



Tuesday, November 10, 2015 
Jackson’s Creative Economy 
Nell Linton Knox, Ellen Rodgers Johnson, and Malcolm White

Nell Knox and Ellen Johnson published Studio Jackson:  Creative culture in the Mississippi Capital in November 2014. The book featured the stories and work of various artists in the metro area who make their living with their art. They were encouraged in this endeavor by many including Malcolm White, who at the time was head of the Mississippi Arts Commission. White is now Visit Mississippi Director at the MS Development Authority. Artists Tony Davenport, Jerrod Partridge and Elizabeth Robinson will join the discussion, and several of the featured artists will have their art for sale.



Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Looking In:  My Journey to the Kitchen
Chef Tom Ramsey

Tom Ramsey will present a series of vignettes tracing how his love of food, cooking and feeding people led him from the corporate worlds of banking and lobbying to the professional kitchens that he now calls home. Ramsey owns popular downtown restaurants, La Finestra and Bol. He has appeared on the Food Network, the Travel Channel, and most recently on ABC’s “The Taste.” He and his friend, Arthur Jones, have launched a series of webisodes, “Adventures in Doing Stuff.”



Tuesday, January 12, 2016
A Solo Acoustic Evening with Paul Thorn
Paul Thorn

Popular roots-rock songwriter and performer Paul Thorn will present a solo acoustic concert featuring songs from his 2014 album, Too Blessed to be Stressed, and earlier works. The Tupelo native’s trademark humor and storytelling is like a running conversation about life between Thorn, a former prizefighter and son of a preacher, and the audience — a conversation leavened with gentle insights, small inspirations and plenty of cheer.



Tuesday, February 23, 2015
Hammers & Reeds:  A University of Idaho Faculty Ensemble
Jovanni-Rey de Pedro, Javier Rodriguez, and Shawn L. Copeland


Hammers & Reeds of the University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton School of Music is a unique trio of clarinet, bassoon, and piano. The program will feature works of Beethoven and Glinka, paired with new compositions by Theresa Martin and African-American composer Nansi Carroll, whose Of a Song explores the richness of harmonies and tone colors available in this contemporary chamber ensemble with musical references to composer Robert Schumann’s famous song cycle, Dichterliebe. Millsaps faculty member James Martin will make a guest appearance.



Tuesday, March 22, 2016
The Early Andean Ceramic Collection in The Mississippi Museum of Art
Dr. Yumi Park

Numerous thousand-year-old ceramics with extraordinary surfaces and decorations fill the entranceway to the Mississippi Museum of Art. Despite the prominence of this collection, few visitors have been exposed to the full richness of history and symbolism behind these works. This lecture provides an introduction to both the history of the Andean cultures that produced these remarkable objects and the iconographic interpretation of their symbolism, form, and motifs. Dr. Park is assistant professor of art at Jackson State University.



Tuesday, April 26, 2016 
An Overview of the Recording Industry in Jackson, Mississippi 
Dr. Woody Sistrunk and Wolf Stephenson

Dr. Woody Sistrunk has been studying the recording industry as a hobby for many years. He will share his research, with emphasis on Pre-War and Post-War recording technology. He will talk about Blues musicians who recorded in Jackson, local labels and label owners including Ace, Trumpet, and Delta. Gerald “Wolf” Stephenson will discuss the founding and history of Malaco Records, which began in 1967 and continues to flourish today. Stephenson left his pharmacy career and has produced and engineered more than 400 albums for Malaco Records.


This program is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.