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About Derrick Harriell:
Derrick Harriell was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, but currently resides, with his wife and son, in Oxford MS where he teaches in the English and African-American Studies programs at The University of Mississippi. His poems have been widely published in numerous journals and anthologies. His first collection of poems, Cotton (Aquarius Press- Willow Books 2010), traces his southern familial roots. His most recent collection, Ropes (Aquarius Press- Willow Books 2013), won the 2014 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Book Award and is steeped in a historical conversation between heralded African American prizefighters Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, Joe Frazier, and Mike Tyson.
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
Lisa Howorth was born in Washington, DC, where her family has lived in the area for four generations. She moved to Oxford, Mississippi, where she married her husband, Richard, and raised their three children. They opened Square Books (named by Publishers Weekly as the 2013 Book Store of the Year) in 1979. Flying Shoes is a work of fiction, but the murder is based on the still-unsolved case of Lisa's stepbrother in 1966.
-- Taken from Bloomsbury Publishing
February 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.
Southern Sin: True Stories of the Sultry South and Women Behaving Badly contains memoirs by 23 Southerners who have “acted up”—and who have reflected, with wisdom and humor, on what they’ve learned from their transgressions. As Dorothy Allison asks in her introduction, “What is specifically Southern about sin? Do we do it better, with greater abandon? What crime of region or language marks us unique and original?” River Jordan, Elane Johnson, and Sonja Livingston, all contributors to this anthology receiving praise from reviews, come together to consider these questions on a panel moderated by Beth Ann Fennelly.
Join them November 19th at 5 PM in the Overby Center Auditorium.
An Excerpt from Southern Sin:
“This volume contains stories of women who commit transgressions that change their lives. Many of these changes are painful (aren’t all changes painful?), but the women speaking to us from the far side of the process are schooled.
I’ve always believed that through reading we educate our emotional intelligence. Just as our dreams provide a space for us to psychically rehearse our day’s anxieties, reading allows us to test alternate conclusions. We inhabit other characters and experience their choices as our own, through the exercise of empathy. By reading the memoirs collected here, we imaginatively re-experience the choices these “bad” women made. We can be cheaters and lawbreakers, liars and avengers, deviants and plotters. We can get away with murder. Will reading these tales prevent us from sinning? Not likely. But it’s enlightening, as well as entertaining, to consider the wages of sin. It’s possible our future decisions will be better informed. “
- “Running from the Lord” by Beth Ann Fennelly - Southern SinRead more...
UM Alumna Kathy Shinnick to present "Oak Ridge after the Bomb: Interpreting a Complex Legacy" in conjunction with the Common Reading Experience
Kathy Shinnick is a 2000 graduate of the Liberal Arts department at the University of Mississippi with a double major in English and History. After working in sales for ten years she rediscovered her passion for history. In 2010 she enrolled as a Public History master's student at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She is finishing work on her Master's thesis which discusses the ways in which Oak Ridge has presented their complicated history to the public.Read more...
T COOPER to present Second Annual Queer Studies Lecture Friday, Oct 10th at Noon in the Overby Center Auditorium
T COOPER is the author of four novels, including the bestselling “Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes” and “The Beaufort Diaries” (a graphic novel). His most recent book is the nonfiction “Real Man Adventures” (McSweeney’s), which Vanity Fair has called “brave and hilarious.” Cooper is also co-author of a new four-part Young Adult novel series called “Changers,” the first book of which (“Changers Book One: Drew”) was published earlier this year. Cooper was also co-editor of a politically-minded anthology of original stories called “A Fictional History of the United States With Huge Chunks Missing.” His shorter work has appeared in a variety of publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Believer, O: The Oprah Magazine, One Story, Bomb, Electric Literature, The Brooklyn Review, among many others. He is currently visiting professor in fiction at Emory University, and sometimes writes for television. For more info: www.t-cooper.com
Meet Jaime Cantrell, visiting assistant professor of English, who will be teaching the inaugural section of G St 444: Queer Theory
Jaime is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at The University of Mississippi. She holds a PhD in English from Louisiana State University and an M.A. in Women¹s Studies from The University of Alabama. Her research and teaching interests focus on how queer and feminist theories illuminate and complicate the intersections between canonical and obscure, queer and normative, and regional and national narratives. She is the co-editor for "Out of the Closet, Into the Archive: Researching Sexual Histories," an edited collection under contract with SUNY Press's Queer Politics and Cultures series. This fall at UM Jaime will be teaching American Lit I and ENGL 421/GST 444 Queer Theory. See her course flyer for more information!
Joint Statement from the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies and the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation regarding the passage of #SB2681.
All those who support these sentiments in the statement below, please share freely:
Members of the University of Mississippi community are deeply concerned about the consequences of SB2681, a bill that reaffirms the ability to legally discriminate against the LGBTQ community and also gives license for all sorts of physical, spiritual, and psychic violence against LGBTQ residents of Mississippi. Such a bill compromises the civil rights of all of the state’s residents because this bill sets a precedent for legal discrimination.Read more...
On behalf of Glenn Hopkins
Please forward this information to your faculty and staff.
As you may know, Dr. Susan Grayzel, Director of the Center for Women and Gender Studies, has received a prestigious fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies and will be on leave this next academic year. This fellowship is national recognition of her superlative, and much lauded, historical scholarship. I know she will enjoy and benefit greatly from this year immersed in her scholarship without the burden of administrative responsibility. Our congratulations go to Dr. Grayzel on receiving one of the 2014 Collaborative Research Fellowships of the American Council of Learned Societies.
To serve as interim director of the Center during this coming year, we are most fortunate to have Dr. Jaime Harker of our Department of English available and willing to serve. Dr. Harker is a fine and well-published scholar and an excellent teacher who also brings significant administrative experience to this important position. She has been affiliated with the Isom Center for many years and is intimately familiar with its several missions. I know the Center is in good hands, and I look forward to working with her in the coming year.