Wednesday, January 29, 2 p.m.
REMEMBERING LARRY SPEAKES

Charles Overby leads a panel of Speakes’ friends as they trace the life and career of the late Mississippi Delta man who went from student journalist at Ole Miss to become spokesman at the White House.

Wednesday, February 19, 11 a.m.
THE SANCTITY OF THE VOTE

A year after the U.S. Supreme Court pulled the teeth of the Voting Rights Act of 1965,a group that includes Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, former state Republican chairman Jim Herring, former president of the Jackson City Council Leslie McLemore, and Ole Miss political science professor Marvin King will
discuss the decision and the state’s new Voter ID law.


Thursday, March 6, 11 a.m.

CHALLENGING THE BIG CITY DAILY

Donna Ladd, editor of the Jackson Free Press, will talk with Ole Miss journalism professor Joe Atkins about establishing an alternative weekly newspaper in the
state capital that works to scoop the traditional daily, The Clarion-Ledger.


Thursday, April 3, 5:30 p.m.
FREEDOM SUMMER, FIFTY YEARS LATER

The impact of the mission by student volunteers who came to Mississippi from across the country to work for civil rights in 1964 – a project that cost three lives in
Neshoba County and became a milestone in the movement – will be assessed during a discussion by some of those who were there.


Thursday, April 24, 5 p.m.
‘JEWELS IN THE DELTA’

OleMiss journalismprofessorAlysia Steele talks about her new book of photography dealing with Delta church mothers. She will discuss the extraordinary stories of these women and display the scenes she captured of dignity and character in an impoverished region. (The photos are to be featured inSouthern Living inMay, shortly before the publication of the book.)


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ABOUT THE OVERBY CENTER

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

OVERBY CENTER CONTINUES ITS SEVENTH YEAR OF PROGRAMS

The life and career of Larry Speakes, who rose from student journalist at Ole Miss to become White House spokesman for President Ronald Reagan, will be recalled by several of his friends in a special discussion at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics on the Ole Miss campus.

“Remembering Larry Speakes” will be the first program of the spring semester at the Overby Center, a schedule that will include a debate over controversial provisions in the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which were struck down last year by the U.S. Supreme Court; a discussion of the work of Donna Ladd’s alternative media in Jackson; a review of a photographic essay, “Jewels of the Delta,” by Alysia Steele; and a recollection of “Freedom Summer” on the 50th anniversary of the epic mission by student civil rights volunteers who came to Mississippi from across the country.

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

 

 


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