Day of Dialogue focuses on topics of gender, race, ethnicity, generational identity, equality, as well as institutional history, accomplishments and goals.
Ross Haenfler is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Mississippi. His interests revolve around how people pursue social change in their daily lives. He is the author of Straight Edge: Clean Living Youth, Hardcore Punk, and Social Change and Goths, Gamers, and Grrrls: Deviance and Youth Subcultures and is a coauthor of The Better World Handbook: Small Changes That Make a Big Difference (New Society), an action-oriented guide to creating a more just and sustainable world. He has led workshops on masculinities and feminism, transformative teaching, and social change in daily life. An award-winning teacher, Ross’ courses include social movements, deviance and youth subcultures, men and masculinities, and political sociology.
Dr. Barbara Combs is jointly appointed as an Assistant Professor of Soiciology and Southern Studies. This is her second year at the University of Mississippi. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology with a concentration in Race and Urban Studies from Georgia State University in May 2010. Additionally, she holds a law degree from The Ohio State University and a Masters in English from Xavier University (Ohio). Dr. Combs says that teaching is her second career, and she loves it. She is working on a book manuscript about the Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches and past and present day significance of the Voting Rights Act. Her research interests center on the significance of race, place, and space to modern day identity formation.