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.
Millsaps College Honors Symposium – Honors Students
February 12-13, beginning at 1:30 PM on February 12 and concluding 3:45 PM Saturday - AC 215
The Millsaps Honors Program Committee cordially invites you to attend the 2016 Honors Research Conference on February 12th and 13th. Seniors graduating with Honors will give public presentations on their year-long thesis research projects. Topics will cover everything from Art History and Religious Studies to Anthropology and Biology. View the schedule of presentations here.
Contact: Brent Hendrixson
Natasha Trethewey: In Conversation – Natasha Trethewey
Friday, Feb. 19, 4:30 PM - Academic Complex Recital Hall
During this special late afternoon forum, Natasha Trethewey will read selected excerpts from her poetry and will take part in question-and-answer session with Katy Smith. Trethewey, a Gulfport native, was named in 2012 the Poet Laureate of the state of Mississippi and the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States. Trethewey received an honorary degree from Millsaps in 2015. This event, which will be moderated by Katy Simpson Smith, is made possible through the English Department Visiting Writers Series and the Eudora Welty Foundation.
Contact: Michael Pickard
Picturing 1000 Words: Digital Archaeology at Pompeii and Herculaneum – Jaqueline DiBiasie Sammons
Friday, Feb. 26, 1:00 PM - AC 137
Ancient graffiti were typically lightly scratched into wall plaster, which makes them difficult or impossible to photograph with normal photography techniques. Dr. DiBiasie will show how Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) enables researchers to read the graffiti more easily and is a better method of digital preservation for the future. RTI is a computational photography technique that combines multiple photographs of an object under different lighting conditions into one file to produces clear images of any artifact that can be manipulated to create the best possible lighting conditions for examining the object. Further, these computer enhanced images can be disseminated to allow interested scholars to examine high quality images of the objects for themselves. While this presentation will focus on the application of this technology to ancient graffiti, she will illustrate how it could easily be applied to a wide variety of artifacts or fields.
Workshop - Sullivan-Harrell Hall 268
Following the presentation, there will be a separate workshop for attendees to see how RTI files are produced. Attendees will learn how to photograph an object using this method and how to compile these images on the computer. Prof. DiBiasie will also introduce other computational photography methods including 3D Image Scanning and photogrammetry. Participants will be encouraged to bring their computers and/or smart phones so they can practice with the technology during the workshop.
Contact: Holly Sypniewski
Human Rights and Female Genital Mutilation in Africa – Johanna Richter
Friday, March 18, Noon - AC 215
Dr. Richter studied in Frankfurt, Paris, and Berlin and received her PhD in political science from the UNESCO chair of human rights education in Magdeburg, Germany. Her thesis focuses on the question how the medium of film can be used as a tool for raising awareness regarding harmful traditions such as Female Genital Cutting in rural Burkina Faso. Her research concentrates on “Cinéma Débat,” a movement where local NGOs travel to the countryside in order to present films of social importance. She is the winner of 2009/10 “Goldene Bild der Frau” award in Germany for socially engaged women in development and has received numerous scholarships acknowledging her social activism, including, among other things, for her creation of a kindergarten in Togo. Dr. Richter has been a speaker and panelist at many conferences around the world and has produced and directed several documentary films.
Contact: Rahel Fischbach
Disney’s Pedagogies of Pleasure and the Eternal Recurrence of Whiteness – Jennifer Sandlin
Tuesday, March 22, 4:00-7:00 p.m. (includes film screening) - AC 215
During this special Tuesday program, Dr. Sandlin will explore how Disney participates in an affective economy through an analysis of how it engages with pleasure, and she will ask questions about what Disney’s manufacturing and selling of pleasure does pedagogically. She will examine how Disney’s pedagogies of pleasure, which operate from the notion that escape is attainable via the pleasurable experiences offered at Disney parks, teach us how to be particular kinds of Disney subjects who escape into safe and controlled forms of pleasure. Through a reading of Escape From Tomorrow, a recent surrealist horror film that explores the “dark side” of the “Happiest Place on Earth,” Dr. Sandlin analyzes how pleasure and the false promise of escape from conflict are illustrated in the film. Taking up Nietzsche’s concept of “eternal recurrence,” she argues that we must acknowledge the inescapability of our own complicity in the perpetuation of white, heteropatriarchal narratives through our repetitive affective engagements with Disney. This acknowledgment, according to Sandlin, is not, however, a nihilistic trap that suggests only an unbearable despair, but an active choice that holds productive potential for acknowledging and exposing the racist myths of Western humanism perpetuated through Disney’s pedagogies of pleasure.
Contact: Anita DeRouen
Peace Tales from Traveling Students – Cheryl Cole, Brittany Hardy, and Daniel Kees
Friday, April 1, 1:00 PM - AC 215
These student presentations highlight the role of traveling abroad in bringing together worlds and creating understanding across difference. If part of the global peace puzzle requires Millsaps students venturing beyond U.S. borders, another part requires learning from our voyagers upon their return.
Millsaps students Cheryl Cole and Daniel Kees (seniors) and Brittany Hardy (junior) will tell of encounters, different ways of life, and studies ranging from Tanzania and Southeast Asia to Yucatan and Greece. Cheryl lived in Tanzania through a wildlife management, conservation, and field research program which inspired her subsequent work to save rhinos. Daniel experienced language immersion, studying Spanish while living in the Yucatan with a local family; and Brittany followed the refugee and political crisis in Greece while studying the Classics in Athens.
Contact: Kristen Golden
Journalism and Social Change – A panel discussion featuring Fred Anklam, Hank Klibanoff, and Leslie McLemore, and moderated by Charles Overby
Friday, April 8, Noon - AC 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:
Contact: Kenneth Townsend
Nussbaum Lecture – Details TBD
Friday, April 15, Noon - AC 215
Contact: Susan Womack