Don't Just Change the Channel

Bitch Media was an unprecedented merger of feminist cultural commentary and popular culture when it launched in 1996.  Andi Zeisler, a recent graduate of Colorado College, founded the magazine with a friend, initially with a distribution of 300.  The magazine was meant to be “a fresh, revitalizing voice for feminism. One that welcomes complex arguments, showcases witty and whip-smart critiques of popular culture, and refuses to ignore the contradictory and sometimes uncomfortable details that constitute the realities of life in an unequivocally gendered world." Recent explosions of feminism, both in popular culture and online, have built on the pioneering work of Bitch Media.

We see Andi Zeisler’s visit as a perfect way to extend and complicate the conversation Camille Paglia started in the fall of 2014, in her sometimes controversial musings.  The Honors College generously agreed to co-sponsor this event as way to add diverse perspectives on feminism and popular culture. We are pleased to welcome Andi Zeisler to The University of Mississippi campus to speak on the following topic:

Don't Just Change the Channel: Why Pop Culture Matters to Feminism, Activism, and Social Justice


Provocateur and National Treasure John Waters to Visit

John Waters dropping off 16mm prints of his early works at the Film Society. Photo by Eugene Hernandez. (Borrowed from

To experience a John Waters movie is to experience the carnivalesque. No other filmmaker can make his audience laugh till their eyes water, cringe in their seats, and potentially throw up -- all in the same moment. To watch one of his films is to experience a delicious delirium that makes you realize that he has turned your world and expectations topsy-turvy.

Dennis Lim, the Film Society's Director of Programming at the Lincoln Center, says it best when he observes that John Waters is "a lifelong provocateur and by now a national treasure. John Waters is a singular, even prophetic figure within not only American cinema but also the broader landscape of American popular culture. From his early underground sensations to his subversive work within the mainstream, no filmmaker has done as much to blur and challenge the distinctions between high and low culture, and between good and bad taste.”

We are excited to welcome John Waters to our campus. This student-inspired event was made possible by generous support from the University Lecture Series, numerous university entities, and private donations.

Tickets will be free and available from the UM Box Office by mid February.


Women in the Film Industry with Maggie Renzi

renzi_poster-01February 19th at 6:30 PM, Bryant 209
Reception to follow in Farrington Gallery

About Maggie Renzi:

Maggie Renzi has been John Sayles' creative partner since 1978 and she has produced nearly all of his movies. She has also acted in many of them.

For John Sayles, Maggie Renzi produced Lianna, The Brother from Another Planet, Matewan, City of Hope, Passion Fish, The Secret of Roan Inish, Lone Star, Men With Guns, Limbo, Sunshine State, Silver City, Honeydripper, and Amigo. She produced many of these films with either Sarah Green or Peggy Rajski.


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