Lectures, Lore and Lessons: Mississippi at the Bicentennial

University Libraries’ Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi is concluding its celebration of Mississippi’s Bicentennial with three lectures during the fall semester. The series, Lectures, Lore and Lessons: Mississippi at the Bicentennial, will begin in September with a lecture on Mississippi’s agricultural history, continue with Mississippi’s military history in October and conclude in November with a panel discussion about desegregation.

Cotton, Catfish and Cochran: Mississippi’s Place in US Agricultural Policy
September 14 at 6 p.m.
Cook Library’s Art Gallery
Presented by Joseph Weinberg

Weinberg will discuss the ways in which the agricultural interests of Mississippi have been influenced by the US Government and how, in turn, these interests have shaped US agricultural policy. Much of this relationship is defined by the legacy of powerful legislators such as John Stennis, Jamie Whitten, and now Thad Cochran. We will learn how their presence has impacted Mississippi and what the future holds for our state’s biggest industry.

Weinberg is originally from Asheville, North Carolina and spent five years working on Agriculture Policy for the U.S. House of Representatives. After a myriad of “agricultural adventures” at North Carolina State University, Weinberg received his PhD in International Relations from UNC-Chapel Hill and has been an assistant professor of political science at Southern Miss since 2012. His primary research interests are international agriculture trade policy and United States farm policy.

Stars, Bars and FDR: Media and Moments at Camp Shelby
October 24 at 6 p.m.

Hattiesburg Public Library
Presented by Dr. Willie R. Tubbs

Dr. Willie Tubbs, a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi, is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of West Florida. His expertise in communications is broad and includes interactive media, message design, journalism and media relations. Tubbs’ primary area of research is media history with a focus on 20th Century American media.

Massive Resistance in Mississippi, a Panel Discussion
November 16, 6 p.m.
Cook Library Art Gallery
Presented by:
Dr. Stephanie Rolph, Professor of History, Millsaps College
Jennifer Brannock, University Libraries’ Curator of Rare Books and Mississippi, Southern Miss
Olivia Moore, doctoral student in the Department of History, Southern Miss
Dr. Rebecca Tuuri, Assistant Professor of History, Southern Miss.

This panel will discuss the ways in which segregationists fought to silence the voices of civil rights activists in Mississippi. The speakers will look at organized groups, less formal resistance and the archival collections that document the backlash activists faced in the state.

Lectures, Lore and Lessons: Mississippi at the Bicentennial aims to present a multifaceted view of Mississippi’s first 200 years. To achieve its goals of bringing history to life, Special Collections has partnered with numerous individuals and entities at the University and in the Hattiesburg community. Partners include Camp Shelby’s Armed Forces Museum, the Hattiesburg Public Library, and the University department of History.

For additional information, contact Jennifer Brannock at Jennifer.Brannock@usm.edu or 601.266.4347. 

This official bicentennial project was made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council, through support from the Mississippi Development Authority.