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Owen HymanGuest Lecture by Dr. James Hyman “Coastal Resistance and Coastal Resilience: Black History in the Mississippi Gulf South.”

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Gulf Park Campus – Hardy Hall in Ballroom

The talk is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Gulf South and the School of Coastal Resilience.

Dr. Owen James Hyman teaches African American Studies at the University of Mississippi. His dissertation, "The Cut and the Color Line: An Environmental History of Jim Crow in the Deep South's Forests," received the 2018 C. Vann Woodward Prize for the best dissertation in southern history from the Southern Historical Association. His research has been funded by fellowships from the Forest History Society, the Southern Labor Archives, and the Department of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Contact: Dr. Douglas Bristol (douglas.bristol@usm.edu)

 

 

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Baird Fellowship Lecture “When We Were Freshmen”: Judson College and the Rise of the New Baptist Woman presented by E. Gabrielle Walker

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

LAB Gonzales Auditorium

 

E. Gabrielle Walker, the 2021-2022 Baird Fellowship recipient, is a Louisiana native currently living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia. She entered the Ph.D. program at Southern Miss in August 2014, studying post-Reconstruction Southern women. Walker’s dissertation, “‘If These Walls Could Speak’: Judson College and the New Baptist Woman, 1890-1930,” explores the ways in which Progressive Era ideology made a lasting impact on Southern Baptist white women attending a Southern Baptist college. Collegiate experiences led to their questioning traditional Southern Baptist thought patterns and expansively interpreting religion to fit a modern, scientific worldview. These “new” Baptist women then used conservative Southern religious institutions as a means to reinterpret their position in church and society.

The Center for the Study of the Gulf South sponsors the Baird Fellowship and awards $1,500 each year to one History graduate student to support travel for research purposes.

 

 

vholdenGuest Lecture by Dr. Vanessa Holden “Surviving Southampton: African American Women and Resistance in Nat Turner’s Community”

Thursday, April 21, 2022

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

LAB Gonzales Auditorium

 

Dr. Vanessa Holden, professor of History and African American and Africana Studies at the University of Kentucky, will speak on "Surviving Southampton: African American Women and Resistance in Nat Turner's Community."

Dr. Holden’s book, Surviving Southampton: African American Women and Resistance in Nat Turner’s Community (University of Illinois Press) explores the contributions that African American women and children made to the Southampton Rebellion, often called Nat Turner’s Rebellion. Her writing has been published in Slavery and Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies, Perspectives on History, Process: A Blog for American History, and The Rumpus. Dr. Holden also co-convenes #SlaveryArchive Book Club with #SlaveryArchive co-founders Dr. Jessica M. Johnson (Johns Hopkins University) and Dr. Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard University), and co-convener Dr. Alex Gil (Columbia University).

Dr. Holden is also the director of the Central Kentucky Slavery Initiative at the University of Kentucky and serves as a faculty adviser on a number of public history and digital humanities projects, including Freedom on the Move and The Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry. Follow her on Twitter @drvholden .

Contact: Jerra Runnels (jerra.runnels@usm.edu)

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