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Alumnus to be recognized for his songwriting contributions April 21 at Ford Center OXFORD, Miss. – The late renowned songwriter and University of Mississippi alumnus Jim Weatherly will be honored with the university’s inaugural Medal for the Arts in an April 21 presentation on campus. In partnership with the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the College of Liberal Arts, the UM Department of Music will recognize Weatherly’s legacy of songwriting and contributions to many genres of music. The ceremony, which begins at 8 p.m. in the Gertrude C. Ford Center for

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics held its second program of the spring semester on March 9 at 5:30 p.m. The program addressed the intersection of critical race theory and civil rights history in Mississippi led by Overby Fellow Randall Pinkston.  The main topic of the discussion was Senate Bill 2113, also known as the Mississippi “Anti-Critical Race Theory” bill, and how the bill may affect civil rights history education in the state. Popular with conservative lawmakers, the bill proposes that

Editor’s note: Curtis Wilkie, the inaugural senior fellow of the Overby Center, developed a national reputation as an outstanding political reporter covering presidential campaigns. He became a national figure when he was featured in Timothy Crouse’s classic book about the 1972 presidential campaign, “Boys on the Bus.” Walter Mears, legendary reporter for The Associated Press, also was featured in “Boys on the Bus” as the leader of the pack. By Curtis Wilkie Walter Mears was one of the last of a tribe of political reporters who

Four programs, ranging from a discussion of critical race theory to treatment of women in Afghanistan, will highlight activities this spring at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics. Here is the schedule: THE INTERSECTION OF CRITICAL RACE THEORY AND MISSISSIPPI CIVIL RIGHTS EDUCATION – March 9, 5:30 p.m. In the last year, Critical Race Theory has become front page news and the spark for contentious debates and legislative proposals throughout America. Critics in Mississippi want to ban CRT in schools. But how will that legislation affect the

The Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics opened its spring slate of programming Tuesday night with a partial screening of a new documentary film on the undefeated 1899 Sewanee University football team, followed by a panel discussion with Charles Overby, Ole Miss athletic director Keith Carter, and the film’s two directors, David Crews and Norman Jetmudsen. “I’m particularly excited about this being the opening program.” Overby said. “David Crews and I have been friends for a long time going back to when he was

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The Overby Center features programs, multimedia displays and writings which examine the complex relationships between the media and politicians - past, present and future. We pay special attention to Southern perspectives.

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