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Summers Lecture


Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016

"Stories Nobody Knows: Mississippi Methodists and Race Relations in the 1960s," featuring Dr. Joseph T. Reiff

Lecture by Dr. Joseph T. Reiff

Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex, Room 215 

Roundtable Discussions
Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex 2nd Floor Foyer

Panel Discussion
"Race and Religion in Mississippi: Past and Present," featuring the Rev. Keith Tonkel, Dr. Stephanie Rolph, Rhodes Scholar Ericka Wheeler, and Mr. Carroll Rhodes, with responses by Dr. Joseph T. Reiff
Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex, Room 218


The dominant narrative about the response of white Christians in Mississippi to the civil rights movement focuses on resistance to change. Dr. Joseph T. Reiff’s recent book, Born of Conviction: White Methodists in Mississippi’s Closed Society, complicates that narrative. The lecture will explore that “complication” and reflect on its implications for the ongoing struggle in church and society to deal with the race issue critically and honestly.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

An in-depth article on Dr. Reiff’s book was recently published by the United Methodist News Service. Read the article.

For lunch ($10) and registration for clergy who wish to receive Continuing Education credits ($10 processing fee), visit here.


Questions? Contact: Shelli Poe, poesm@millsaps.edu 


Presented annually by the Religious Studies Department. Endowed by a gift from the Reverend Lemuel C. Summers (1888-1988) and by the Reiff-Lewis Endowment Fund. "To enable Millsaps College to present outstanding speakers in religion and related fields to address the complex issues faced by church and society."