Sarah Talks

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.

“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,” Isom Center Director Jaime Harker said. “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.

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

More details about Sarah Talks and the Isom Center may be found at


March 1

Sarah Talk #1

Women Creating Community Through Food: intersectionality and entrepreneurship

4pm, Lamar 320


March 8

Sarah Talk #2

The Women of Oxford and the March in D.C.

6pm, Powerhouse Community Arts Center


March 22

Sarah Talk #3

Teaching Tolerance: Student Attitudes Toward Sexual Difference

4pm, Lamar 320