Tuesday, September 17, 5:30 p.m.
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
A conversation with John Hailman, long-time Federal prosecutor in North Mississippi and former Overby Fellow, about his experiences in and out of the courtroom, memories he drew upon to write his recently-published book.
Friday, October 11, 5:30 p.m.
THE PERSONIFICATION OF OLE MISS
To discuss his new memoir and his 14 years as chancellor, Robert Khayat returns to the campus where he was a student leader and football star more than 50 years ago before rising to become the face of the school.
Thursday, October 17, 9 a.m.
Sports marketing isn’t just about the game, it’s a multi-billion dollar industry focused on media, branding, entertainment, loyalty, revenue and much more, and an all-star group will talk about how sports has been dramatically overhauled.
Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork will join a high-powered panel that includes three Ole Miss alumni: Renie Anderson (Ole Miss ’97), of the NFL; Mike Glenn (Ole Miss ’77), FedEx executive; Charlie Hussey (Ole Miss ’99), SEC Network relations; and Ben Sutton, president, IMG College marketing company.
Monday, October 28 5:30 p.m.
A special screening of David Rae Morris’ documentary about life and social change in the town his father, the late writer Willie Morris, helped immortalize. The work-in-progress will be followed by a panel discussion with Ole Miss historian emeritus David Sansing and Charles Ross, director of the school’s African-American Studies program.
Monday, November 4, 8 a.m.
Overby Fellow Bill Rose and Susan Puckett, author of “Eat Drink Delta,” talk with students about the rich and varied cuisine in the Mississippi Delta, the latest subject in a line of national prizewinning magazines published by the Meek School of Journalism and New Media.
Thursday, November 7, 5:30 p.m.
HAIL AND FAREWELL
To observe the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy, journalists familiar with the Kennedy legacy, including long-time Boston Globe columnist Tom Oliphant and Susan Spencer of CBS News, will consider how politics and press coverage were revolutionized by his presidency.
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FROM THE SOUTH
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 has been the CEO of the Freedom Forum since 1989 and CEO of the Newseum since its inception in 1996.
Overby Center Auditorium
OVERBY CENTER BEGINS SEVENTH YEAR OF PROGRAMS
The Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at Ole Miss will open its fall schedule of programs next Tuesday (Sept. 17) with a conversation featuring John Hailman, a veteran prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s office for North Mississippi who has written a book about his experiences.
During the course of the semester, five more events – which are all free and open to the public – will be sponsored by the Overby Center, ranging from an appearance by former Ole Miss Chancellor Robert Khayat talking about his new memoir to a discussion of sports marketing, a multi-billion dollar industry that has changed the game at Ole Miss and every other institution represented by sports teams.
The schedule represents the start of the seventh year of programs at the Overby Center, which opened in 2007. All programs will be held in the center’s auditorium on the Ole Miss campus.
“Our fall programs offer a wide variety of interesting speakers on compelling topics,” Overby Center chairman Charles Overby said. “It is a great opportunity for people to see accomplished experts up close and to learn from them.”
The first program, set for Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., highlights Hailman and his fascinating repertory of “true crime stories” from this area that are included in his recent book, “From Midnight to Guntown.” Hailman, who served earlier as a fellow at the Overby Center following his retirement as a Federal prosecutor, will be joined in the conversation by Overby.
A reception will be held afterwards, and free parking on campus should be available after 5 p.m.
In a renewal of the “Gatherings before the Grove” format, Khayat will be a special guest on the eve of the Ole Miss-Texas A & M game. Khayat will be on hand on Friday, Oct. 11, at 5:30 p.m., to talk about “The Education of a Lifetime,” his book that reflects on his long association with the school he led for 14 years.
Drawing upon nearly 70 years of experience -- from the time he lived on campus as a young boy to his years as an outstanding student-athlete in the late1950s to the leadership role that kept him here into the 21st century – Khayat will cover the controversies he faced and the progress he believes Ole Miss achieved. Overby Fellow Curtis Wilkie, who was a student with Khayat and later a faculty member during his administration, will take part in the conversation.
“Game Changers,” a discussion of sports marketing, will be the subject of a program Thursday, Oct. 17, at 9:30 a.m. that features Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork and a high-powered panel that includes three Ole Miss alumni. Joining Bjork will be Renie Anderson (Ole Miss ’97), vice president of business development for the NFL; Mike Glenn (Ole Miss ’77), executive vice president, market development and corporate communications for FedEx; Charlie Hussey (Ole Miss ’99), associate commissioner, SEC Network relations; and Ben Sutton, president, IMG College marketing company.
The group discussion will be moderated by Michael Thompson, a 2001 Ole Miss graduate and senior associate athletic director for communications and marketing.
The fall schedule will also feature the following programs:
Monday, Oct. 28, 5:30 p.m. – Yazoo Revisited, a screening of a documentary being prepared by David Rae Morris that deals with the social change confronting Yazoo City in the years following school integration in the hometown of the filmmaker’s father, the late writer Willie Morris. Afterwards, Ole Miss historian emeritus David Sansing and Charles Ross, director of the school’s African-American Studies program, will share their observations with Morris.
Monday, Nov. 4, 8 a.m. – Delta Cooking, the subject of the forthcoming magazine produced by Ole Miss journalism students under the direction of Overby Fellow Bill Rose and Susan Puckett, author of “Eat Drink Delta. The group will discuss the latest in the national prize-winning series of publications from the Meek School of Journalism and New Media.
Thursday, Nov. 7, 5:30 p.m. – The ground-breaking Kennedy administration’s impact on politics and journalism in America will be considered, 50 years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy by a panel of journalists, including long-time Boston Globe columnist and commentator Tom Oliphant and Susan Spencer of CBS News.