50 Years of Title IX

September 13, 2022

We will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Title IX, the landmark legislation that helped equalize the college experience for women, especially in college athletics. The panel will include, among others, Ole Miss Athletic Director Keith Carter and “Coach Yo” McPhee-McCuin, senior Women’s Basketball player Rita Igbokwe. Legendary Mississippi sportswriter Rick Cleveland will moderate.

James Meredith & The Media: Legacy of a Riot

September 27, 2022

As campus celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of Jame Meredith’s 1962 integration of the school, the Overby Center will host a panel of distinguished journalists to discuss “James Meredith & the Media: Legacy of a Riot.” Sidna Bower Mitchell, Kathleen Wickham and Curtis Wilkie will discuss the media’s role both during and after the ensuing riot, and how that event has shaped the public’s view of Ole Miss in the decade’s since. C-SPAN’s Jesse Holland will moderate.

A Sisterhood of Editors

October 5, 2022

Amidst today’s remarkably tense racial and political climate, three African-American females are leading some of the most important newsrooms in the South. Katrice Hardy (Dallas Morning News), Mary Irby-Jones (Louisville Courier-Journal), and Jewell Walston (Asheville Citizen-Times) will join us to share stories of the industry challenges, news deserts, and the daily fight to preserve democracy. Overby fellow Marquita Smith will moderate.

Looking Ahead to the 2024 Elections

November 16, 2022

We will close out the fall schedule with a discussion on religion and politics. On the heels of the 2022 midterms, Overby Fellow Terry Mattingly, one of the nation’s most prolific and well-respected journalists on the topics of religion and religious freedom, and Charles Overby will lead an in-depth public discussion on the role of religion stands to play in the 2024 election cycle.

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