Friday, September 16, 6 p.m.
A Life of Public Service

No living Mississippian has more experience in high office than Ray Maybus, who has served as state auditor, governor, U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, and for the last eight years as U.S. Secretary of the Navy. He will be here to talk with Charles Overby.

Tuesday, September 27, 6 p.m.
A Critical Eye on the Campaign

Stuart Stevens, a leading GOP consultant who has been outspoken in his condemnation of Republican candidate Donald Trump.

Friday, September 30, 6 p.m.
(at Nutt Auditorium)

Election Countdown

Lack and Brokaw of NBC News, along with special guest and former governor Barbour. The political discussion will be moderated by Maggie Wade from Jackson’s NBC affiliate. The program is co-sponsored by Mississippi Today, the state’s online news operation.

Tuesday, October 11, 6 p.m.
"Mississippi Freelance"

An irreverent monthly that poked fun at Mississippi politicians and exposed many irregularities fifty years ago, will be fondly remembered by its founders, Lew Powell and Ed Williams, Ole Miss graduates who went on to outstanding careers at the Charlotte Observer.

Friday, October 14, 9 a.m.
The Embassy

A new book about earlier turmoil in Liberia, will be discussed by its author, Dante Paradiso, an American Foreign Service officer posted to its capital, Monrovia, at the time.

Wednesday, October 19, 8 p.m.
The Last Debate

The final engagement between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be shown live on the Overby Center Auditoriumís screen, to be followed by a public discussion.

Thursday, October 27, 2:30 p.m.
Mississippi Indians

Overby Fellow Bill Rose and students on his Meek School team in the latest in-depth reporting assignment, an annual course that has produced a series of prize-winning magazines.

Tuesday, November 1, 6 p.m.
Civil Rights Milestone

James Meredith’s idea that led to an assassination attempt on his life and a fractious finish by competing civil rights leaders in 1966 will be recalled on its 50th anniversary by Aram Goudsouzian, author of “Down to the Crossroads,” a book on the subject; Marvin King, Ole Miss political science professor; and Charles Overby and Overby Fellow Curtis Wilkie, who were journalists in the state at the time.

Wednesday, November 2, 6 p.m.
Ole Miss in Africa

Meek School students who traveled earlier this year to Zimbabwe and Namibia on a photo expedition and study of wildlife management.

Tuesday, November 15, 6 p.m.
The Outcome

The outcome of the 2016 presidential campaign – and its impact on the future of the two major parties – will be the subject for a final discussion..

Overby Center Examines Resurrection of Choctaw Chickasaw

Journalism students who spent weeks reporting on the startling rise of the Choctaw and Chickasaw Indian tribes will discuss their work in a panel discussion at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at Ole Miss.

The students produced two soon-to- be-printed in-depth magazines – “Unconquered and Unconquerable” about the Chickasaw Nation and “Mississippi Miracle” about the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

“This is a story that needed to be told,” said Overby Fellow Bill Rose, who taught the depth reporting class that produced the magazines. “Most people in Mississippi know very little about the rich culture of the state’s original residents or what happened to them. The Choctaw and Chickasaw have become two of the most economically successful tribes in America.”

Students spent their spring break reporting on the Choctaw reservation, interviewing tribal leaders and plumbing the story of the government’s attempt to push them off their Mississippi land and how the tribe rebounded from utter poverty to become one of the state’s biggest employers. Along the way, students learned a lot about stickball, basket weaving, dancing and other aspects of Choctaw culture.

A smaller group of students also traveled to Oklahoma to report for three days in the Chickasaw Nation, touring tribal facilities and interviewing leaders and cultural and economic experts. They also covered a delegation of Chickasaw who traveled to Tupelo for an emotional tour of their original North Mississippi homeland.

The federal government pushed the vast majority of the Choctaw into Oklahoma in the early 1800s, but a remnant of the tribe refused to leave. For decades they endured poverty and discrimination. A killer flu epidemic pushed the little group near extinction in the early 1900s. Somehow, they survived and were officially recognized by the federal government in 1945. Over time, with the help of casinos and industry, they engineered a remarkable resurrection and have made themselves into a business network with a payroll over $100 million and nearly 6,000 jobs.

After pressing them into selling their land, the federal government moved the Chickasaw to Oklahoma before the Civil War. Since then, the 60,000 member tribe has overcome numerous obstacles to launch more than 60 business ventures with an total income of over $400 million.

The Overby panel will show off images from the two magazines. The magazine’s photographers were directed by photojournalism instructor Mikki Harris, and design instructor Emily Bowen directed the design.

The event is free and open to the public.


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

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