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..


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 will celebrate its 10th season at Ole Miss with a line-up of ten programs this fall, beginning with a special appearance at 6 p.m. Friday (Sept. 16) by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.

Mabus, an Ackerman native who graduated from Ole Miss in 1969, has a distinguished record of public service that may be matched by only one other Mississippian in history, the 19th century statesman L.Q.C. Lamar. Mabus has served as state auditor, governor, ambassador to Saudi Arabia and as Secretary of the Navy for the past eight years. He will talk about his career with Charles Overby, chairman of the Overby Center, in an hour-long discussion in the Overby Center Auditorium. A reception will follow.

Parking for guests will be available in the lot adjacent to the Overby Center for the duration of the event.

All Overby Center events are free and open to the public, and arrangements are being made to provide parking for all evening programs this fall. With the exception of a Sept. 30 forum at Nutt Auditorium, events will be held at the Overby Auditorium.

The autumn series features many interesting guests including Andy Lack, president of NBC News; Tom Brokaw, long-time NBC correspondent; former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour; and Stuart Stevens, a Mississippian who managed Mitt Romney’s campaign in 2012. Two programs will feature Ole Miss students who worked on special projects in Africa and among the Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes in Mississippi.

"The fall lineup of programs ranges from serious to quirky, with a great array of interesting, accomplished personalities," said Overby.

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