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 Auditorium’s 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..

What Now?
A Political Postmortem of the Election

The prospect of an administration headed by Donald Trump and the upheaval faced by the nation’s two major parties will be among the subjects addressed in a public discussion next Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics.

The event begins at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. A reception afterward will close the Overby Center’s series of fall semester programs.

Entitled “What Now?”-- because of the political uncertainty resulting from this month’s election -- a panel will consider several critical questions: Will Trump be able to follow through as president on his controversial initiatives? What will be the reaction of Republican leaders who were dubious of the Trump campaign? Will the Democratic Party be forced to reconsider its own priorities after suffering a shocking defeat?

Charles Overby, chairman of the center, will lead the discussion. Joining him on the panel will be Marvin King, a professor of political science and African-American affairs at Ole Miss, and Overby Fellow Curtis Wilkie. Both Overby and Wilkie covered many presidential campaigns as journalists. Overby once served as state chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party, and King has been politically active in Mississippi, serving as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

During their hour-long conversation, members of the audience will be encouraged to ask their own questions and to take part in the discussion.

Tuesday night’s program serves as a bookend to an earlier Overby Center discussion before a crowded auditorium following a screening of the Oct. 19 debate between Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

“We’re hoping to have another interested audience of students and members of the Oxford community and to stimulate some lively dialogue,” said Wilkie. “That’s one of the roles of the Overby Center -- to serve as a nonpartisan forum for political discussion at Ole Miss.”


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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