Tuesday, September 1, 2:30 p.m.

To mark the 10th anniversary of the storm that ravaged New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, four members of the Ole Miss faculty who closely followed the disaster talk about their experiences in a discussion moderated by Cynthia Joyce, editor of the new anthology, “Please Forward: How Blogging Reconnected New Orleans After Katrina.”

Wednesday, September 9, 5:30 p.m.

The amazing career of Bill Minor, who started as a newspaper reporter in Mississippi in 1947 and is still writing provocative columns about the state today, is celebrated in a documentary produced by Ellen Ann Fentress. After the film, several of Minor’s friends and associates will consider how his work had major impact in the state and beyond.

Friday, September 25, 3 p.m.


On the eve of a home game against Vanderbilt, multifaceted Mississippi native Stuart Stevens – political consultant, travel writer, and sports enthusiast – talks of his new book and how he journeyed with his 95-year-old father to virtually every Ole Miss football game in 2013 to recapture the magic of their game day pilgrimages when he was a child.

Wednesday, September 30, 5 p.m.

Ed Meek’s photographic record of the shattering of segregation in Mississippi and the turmoil at Ole Miss surrounding James Meredith’s admission to the school has been preserved in a new book. Meek and others who witnessed that history will recall the events on the 53rd anniversary of the night the campus became a bloody battleground.

Wednesday, October 7, 2 p.m.

One of the major figures in the civil rights movement, Aaron Henry, a Clarksdale pharmacist, long-time president of the state NAACP, and driving force behind the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and Freedom Summer, is the subject of a new biography by Minion K.C. Morrison, who will be here to talk about Henry’s life and legacy.

Thursday, October 8, 2:30 p.m.

A month before the issue is decided at the polls, advocates of Proposition 42, designed to force the state legislature to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, and proponents of a rival measure that would not carry a strong mandate will debate what has arguably become the liveliest contest on this fall’s ballot.

Wednesday, October 14, 2 p.m.

Maarten Zwiers, a 2007 Ole Miss graduate from the Netherlands, became so interested in his study of the South that he became this year the author of the first full-length biography of the man who dominated politics in the state for a generation. Zwiers returns to campus to describe how Eastland was a power to be reckoned with in Washington, too.

Friday, October 23, 4 p.m.

Haley Barbour, who directed Mississippi’s recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina while he was governor, will talk of the ordeal -- and of his new book in which he describes his efforts to call on personal and political connections to deal with the bureaucracy while trying to comfort the population of a devastated state.


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


The Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at Ole Miss will begin its ninth year of programming by marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with a discussion among university faculty members who contributed to the coverage of the disaster that swept through New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Cynthia Joyce, an assistant professor of journalism who edited a new book “Please Forward: How Blogging Reconnected New Orleans After Katrina,” will serve as moderator for the program at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 1. Joyce will be joined by associate journalism professor Nancy Dupont, a Gulf Coast native and longtime broadcast journalist who recently led a student trip to assess the stricken region; assistant journalism professor Alysia Steele, who was a photo editor at the Dallas Morning News when its team won a Pulitzer Prize for their photographic coverage; and Joe York, a documentary producer at Ole Miss whose recent film, “Room 10,” traces ten students who were enrolled in the third grade at a New Orleans elementary school when the hurricane struck.

Their discussion will be held in the Overby Center Auditorium. Like all of the Overby events, it is free and open to the public.

“The fall lineup of programs offers special insights into the practice of journalism and politics,” said Charles Overby, chairman of the center. “Epic events and careers that helped shape history will be examined and discussed.”

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