Isom Center announces Sarah Talks Series

Posted on: February 23rd, 2017 by kcozart

The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Mississippi will host a series of informal conversations titled “Sarah Talks” beginning March 1.

The first talk, titled “Women Creating Community Through Food: Intersectionality and Entrepreneurship,” will be held Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Lamar Hall 320. Joester Brassell of Mama Joe’s Country Cooking, Carla Rego from Lusa’s Bakery and Café and Dixie Grimes of Dixie Belle Café (at the B.T.C. Old Fashioned Grocery) will lead the discussion.

Jaime Harker, Director  “We wanted to establish a lecture series, like Ted Talks, that highlights UM scholars, local members of the community, Mississippi entrepreneurs, artists and social justice advocates who are doing ground-breaking work in gender and sexuality.  Women’s History Month seemed like an ideal time to launch Sarah Talks.”

On March 8, Oxford participants in the Women’s March on Washington will discuss their experience. Panelists include Cristen Hemmins, Jennifer Mizenko, Merrill Nordstrom, Laura Antonow, Ellis Starkey, Valentine Payne, and Afton Thomas.

On March 22, UM scholars will discuss a cross-disiplinary program studying student attitudes toward gender and sexualilty and how they change over time.  The panel features biology professor Lainy Day, psychology professor Kate Kellum, English professor Jaime Harker, and graduate student Yash Bhambhani.

More details about Sarah Talks may be found at

Theresa Starkey, associate director “We’re very excited about the new series. These talks will be recorded. Our goal is turn these into podcasts as part of an online resource library for people to access from our website.”

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