Tuesday, February 10, 11 a.m.
Thank you.

Marshall Ramsey, the prize-winning editorial cartoonist for The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, will talk about his art form and the angry reaction it can produce – even in Mississippi.

Tuesday, February 17, 4:30 p.m.

A Black History Month provocative documentary featuring scenes from the civil rights movement coupled with the words of such radical figures as Eldridge Cleaver, James Baldwin and others. The film, produced by Mykki Newton, video editor at the Meek School, and Louis Bourgeois of Vox Press of Oxford, will be followed by a discussion.

Friday, February 27 4 p.m.

Mississippi's Struggle over Education

The debate over education issues will move from the floor of the state legislature to the Overby Center in a special program presenting Rep. Cecil Brown, Democrat of Jackson, and Sen. Gray Tollison, Republican of Oxford, in a discussion moderated by Andy Mullins, who worked for years at the university’s point man on legislative issues.

Tuesday, March 17, 11 a.m.
Black Power in The Delta

An in-depth look in words and pictures at the legacy of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in the Mississippi Delta by a panel of students who reported in the Delta under the direction of Overby Fellow Bill Rose, interviewing local officials, former civil rights workers and movement icons such as Andrew Young and John Lewis.

Tuesday, March 31, 11 a.m.
From Mississippi to Ethiopia

A panel discussion of Ole Miss students and faculty who spent eight days exploring northeastern Ethiopia, from the capital city of Addis Ababa to the mouth of the Blue Nile.

Wednesday, April 15, 4:30 p.m.
Mississippi’s Prison Problems

A panel discussion by Marshall Fisher, Andy Taggart, Sen. Lydia Chasseniol, and Eric Lambert, leading figures in the state’s attempt to reform its prison contracts and avoid the allegations that have dogged the East Mississippi Correctional Unit. Clarion-Ledger investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell will serve as moderator.

Thursday, April 16, 11 a.m.
The Long, Hot Political Summer

A panel of experts in Mississippi politics, forecasts likely scenarios for the state’s every-four-years orgy of elections from governor to legislature, addressing everything from potential candidates to hot issues and the Tea Party's role this year.


The Overby Center for Southern Journalism & Politics’ mission is to create better understanding of the media, politicians and the role of the First Amendment in our democracy.  The Center is funded through a $5 million grant from the Freedom Forum, a foundation dedicated to educating people about the importance of a free press and the First Amendment.

The Overby Center features programs, multimedia displays and writings which examine the complex relationships between the media and politicians - past, present and future. The Overby Center pays special attention to Southern perspectives.

Adjacent to the newly renovated journalism department facility at Farley Hall, the Overby Center is a new building that features 16,000 square feet of conference space. It includes a 225-seat auditorium, a multipurpose conference room that will accommodate 100 people for seminars and dinners, and a boardroom seating up to 24 people.

The center has state-of-the-art technology and video throughout the building, including a news wall with nine large-screen TV monitors for showing live news programs and current front pages from 12 Southern states.

The center is named for Charles L. Overby, editor of the Daily Mississippian at Ole Miss from 1967-1968. Overby was the CEO of the Freedom Forum and Newseum until his retirement in 2012.

Overby Center Auditorium



From the powerful pen of a Clarion-Ledger cartoonist to discussions of the state’s troubled prisons and turbulent politics, the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi will host a full slate of programs this spring.
In its eighth year, the Overby Center is bringing a diverse collection of guests to the campus from the worlds of newspapers, documentary film, civil rights, politics, corrections, and student magazines.
“The broad array of programs and experts offer good insights for people who want to learn more about the world around us,” said Charles Overby, chairman of the center.

The schedule continues on Tuesday, February 17 at 4:30 p.m. with “Blood in My Eye,” a provocative documentary for Black History Month that couples scenes from the civil rights movement with the words of such radical figures as Eldridge Cleaver and James Baldwin. The film, produced by Mykki Newton, video editor of the Meek School of Journalism and New Media, and Louis Bourgeois of Vox Press of Oxford, will be followed by a discussion.

All Overby Center programs are open to the public and free.



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