The Tallahatchie Toastmasters will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Cedar Oaks, 601 Murray Drive, in Oxford. Anyone interested in improving their public speaking skills or learning leadership skills are welcome to come to the meeting. The meeting is expected to last one hour. (November 1, 2011)
A team of experts is scheduled to discuss the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in a public forum Thursday at the University of Mississippi. The 90-minute, free event begins at 6 p.m. in Guyton Annex Room 210. Limited seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Panelists include Kristine Willett, associate professor of pharmacology and graduate program coordinator for the Environmental Toxicology Research Program in the UM School of Pharmacy; Phillip Lee, senior research scientist at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory; Moby Solangi, president and executive director of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies; and Joe Jewell, assistant director of Fisheries in the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. The panel presentation is slated for 70 minutes, followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session. Refreshments will be served afterward. For more information, contact Sumrall at 915-5310 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (October 15, 2011)
The inaugural Oxford Science Café will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Science Café, sponsored by the University of Mississippi Department of Physics and Astronomy, will feature a series of short public talks at Lusa Pastry Café, 1120 N. Lamar Ave. October’s Science Café, by Josh Gladden, is on “Airplanes to Turbulence to Dark Energy: a 30 minute tour of some physics we know and some physics we don’t know.” A time for questions and conversations will be offered afterward. Everyone is invited, and children are welcome. (October 14, 2011)
Gaining Ground is having a meeting and sponsoring a lecture at 6 p.m. Monday at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. Everyone is invited to the meeting that will begin with a potluck dinner, followed by a lecture by Jason Hoeksema entitled “Foraging and Identifying Wild Mushrooms in North Mississippi.” The lecture is free to the public, and those attending are encourage to bring a potluck dish to share. (October 14, 2011)
The public is invited to a presentation by Master Gardener, Barbara White, who will discuss “Attracting Beneficial Wildlife to Your Garden,” Monday at 9 a.m. at the Lafayette County Extension Service on Veterans Drive. For more information, call the Extension Office at 234-4451. (September 6, 2011)
The “First Steps to Starting a Business” seminar will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the training room of the Small Business Development Center on the campus of the University of Mississippi. The free seminar outlines the basic steps to start a business. Topics include: regulations such as licenses and permits; legal forms of business ownership; basic marketing concepts to help analyze the revenue potential; lending terminology; outline for a business plan and other resources to assist in starting a business. To register by phone, call 1-800-725-7232. (March 4, 2011)
Barbara Fields, professor of history at Columbia University, will deliver the inaugural Gilder-Jordan Lecture in Southern History. Her lecture, titled “Racecraft and Southern History,” is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Overby Center auditorium. Fields, who received her Ph.D. in history from Yale University, is the author of “Slavery and Freedom on the Middle Ground: Maryland during the Nineteenth Century” and is the coauthor or coeditor of several works on the history of emancipation. Her books and articles, beginning with a 1982 essay entitled “Ideology and Race in American History,” have influenced a generation of scholars to examine race what she has termed “a purely ideological notion.” Fields has won many awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship and a Ford Foundation Fellowship to teach at the University of Mississippi in 1988. (March 4, 2011)
The Croft Institute for International Studies presents Jeffrey Richey as its third speaker in the Spring Visiting Speaker Series. Richey is associate professor of religion and director of the Asian studies program at Berea College in Kentucky. He is a specialist in ancient and early medieval Chinese and Japanese religious history. He will present his lecture, “The Death and Resurrection of Confucianism,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Croft room 107. For more information, contact Brooke Worthy at email@example.com or 915-1500. (March 1, 2011)
The Sarah Isom Center for Women & Gender Studies presents Reading Women Back Into History: “Makin’ Do: Mississippi Women’s Voices from Depression-Era America” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, in honor of Women’s History Month. The program will be broadcast live from the Ford Center at www.sarahisomcenter.org/readingwomen/.
Elizabeth Payne and five of her doctoral students have attracted national attention with their groundbreaking research project chronicling the oral histories of older women in north Mississippi. Payne, a professor of history at UM who teaches late-19th and early-20th century U.S. history, led seminars in 2005-06 in which five graduate students and 15 undergraduates interviewed more than 100 individuals in Union County. The goal was to record the memories of (mostly) women who came of age during the first half of the 20th century. The focus of “Makin’ Do” is the women who came of age during the World War II era. The subjects recount their experiences with the sharecropping system and race relations, as well as share how the Great Depression and industrialization affected their lives. (March 1, 2011)
Filmmakers Paul Saltzman and Patricia Aquino will present a special free screening of their award-winning film, “Prom Night in Mississippi” at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Overby Center auditorium on the campus of the University of Mississippi.
The screening will be followed by a conversation about issues of race that still exist, and the prejudices that everyone has. The film, a documentary about the 2008 prom at Charleston High School which was funded by Academy Award winning actor Morgan Freeman when the students agreed to integrate their event, premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. (February 18, 2011)