2019–2020 Programs

Tuesday, August 20, 2019


I Wanek

This unique sound-mindfulness workshop/concert is very participatory and highly musical. The audience will enter a different world, the world of self-awareness, calm, and discovery. The beautiful and exotic sounds of musicians Dr. Igor Iwanek, composer and founder of SoundMind and ThinkArtMusic LLC, and Andrew McLean, New Orleans percussionist and Hindustani classical musician, will delight and enlighten the audience.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Annual Writers’ Program

Featuring Minrose Clayton Gwin and Margaret McMullan

Gwin Mcmullan

A novelist, journalist, and literary critic, Gwin has published the novels Promise (2018) and The Queen of Palmyra (2010), a memoir called Wishing for Snow (2011), and “a study of collective memory and artistic production”: Remembering Medgar Evers: Writing the Long Civil Rights Movement (2013). She co-edited The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1997) and the Southern Literary Journal, and she has held distinguished academic appointments, most recently at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Gwin will read from her latest novel, The Accidentals.

McMullan, the daughter of beloved Millsaps history professor Madeleine McMullan, has written nine award-winning books, including Aftermath Lounge (2015), When I Crossed No-Bob (2007), and In My Mother’s House (2003); as well as Every Father’s Daughter: Twenty-four Women Writers Remember Their Fathers (2015), an anthology curated with Philip Lopate. At the University of Evansville, where she taught for 25 years, she held the Melvin Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Creative Writing, and she was the 2007 Eudora Welty Visiting Writer at Millsaps. McMullan will read from her new memoir, Where the Angels Lived: One Family’s Story of Exile, Loss, and Return.

Sponsored by the Millsaps College Visiting Writers’ Series

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

An Evening with Caroline Herring

Caroline Herring

Caroline Herring is an American singer/songwriter who inspires audiences through her songs about injustice, hope, and perseverance. She has recorded eight albums and has toured throughout the United States and Europe for almost 20 years. Based in Decatur, Georgia, Herring co-founded Thacker Mountain Radio in 1997 and participated in the 100th anniversary of Eudora Welty’s birth concerts.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Politicians, Preachers, & Polecats: Writing about Delta Characters and the Place That Created Them

Mississippi delta

Journalists Ray Mosby, Woodrow Wilkins, and Jamie Patterson and writer Richard Grant will share those unique small town funny stories they have encountered in their writing that make the Delta unique. David Hampton, former Clarion Ledger editor, will moderate the panel.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Possibilities and Limitations: 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage

3 people smiling

On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing women the right to vote was ratified. To mark the 100th anniversary, a panel of speakers will examine the efforts of Mississippi women to achieve full and equitable participation in our democracy. Historians Dr. Rebecca Tuuri, University of Southern Mississippi, and Dr. Shennette Garrett-Scott, University of Mississippi, will join Dr. Nathan Shrader, professor at Millsaps College, as they share a historical perspective on women’s suffrage in Mississippi, discuss key achievements, and acknowledge the challenges women still face in our nation. Carol Andersen, co-president of the Mississippi chapter of the League of Women Voters, will moderate the panel.

Sponsored by the Mississippi chapter of the League of Women Voters

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The Life and Career of Dorothy Moore

Dorothy Moore

Dorothy Moore is an international recording artist and a four-time Grammy nominee. She is known for her classic “Misty Blue,” which was recorded in one take and released in 1975. “Misty Blue” still ranks in the Top 10 iTunes Blues Chart in the UK and the top 20 iTunes U.S. Blues charts to this day. Moore, a Jackson native who still resides here, was inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. Peggy Brown, Executive Director of the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame, will talk with Moore about her life and career, and Moore will perform some of her greatest hits.

Sponsored by the Greater Jackson Arts Council

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The Art and Science of Coral Reef Conservation

James Porter

Dr. James W. Porter, Josiah Meigs Professor of Ecology, Emeritus, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, will present a multifaceted program on the art and science of coral reef conservation. His lecture will be illustrated with excerpts from his Emmy Award Winning film, Chasing Coral.

Sponsored by the Garden Club of Jackson

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Kinetic Etchings Dance Project

two women dancing

Founded in 2015 by husband and wife team Amile and Kathryn Wilson, Kinetic Etchings is Mississippi’s premier contemporary dance company. Kinetic Etchings provides professional contemporary dance experiences to Jackson and throughout the state with original, engaging, and educational programming. The artists use movement to tell stories, create images, and connect with audiences. All members of the group have been trained in classical ballet, and the group’s aesthetic is highly influenced by this background. Their shows feature classical works such as parts of The Nutcracker or The Sleeping Beauty as well as original dance pieces.


Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series

Part of the College’s community outreach mission, the Arts and Lecture Series was created in the mid-1960s by volunteers, many of them Millsaps College alumni, to bring unique programs of music, literary, current events, history, and more to the greater community. Many of the performers and lecturers are from Mississippi or have Mississippi connections. The series 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.

All programs will be in the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall at 7pm unless otherwise noted.


Tickets for each individual program are $10. Season tickets are also available – see the rates below.

You can order tickets in these ways:

Order tickets online. This form is for ordering Arts & Lecture Series tickets by credit card, debit card, or e-checks only.

Complete the printable order form. (PDF) To order by check, please use this form; you may also submit credit card orders via the printable form.

Contact the Continuing Education office directly:

Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series
Continuing Education Office
Millsaps College
Jackson, MS 39210-0001
Phone: 601.974.1130

Season Ticket Rates

Membership categories Regular Early Bird (through Aug. 28)
Major Benefactor (4 tickets) $1000
Benefactor (4 tickets) $700
Patron (4 tickets) $500
Sponsor (2 tickets) $200
Member (1 ticket) $70 $65
Senior Citizen (age 60 or older, 1 ticket) $60 $55

Contact Us

For more information, contact the Office of Continuing Education, conted@millsaps.edu, 601.974.1130.