University of Mississippi

2013 Fall Lecture Series


The Fall Lecture Series has begun. Throughout this fall semester the Sociology and Anthropology department will host lectures highlighting current faculty research. Lectures will be held in Leavell 212 unless notified otherwise. Everyone is invited to attend!

Friday, September 13         Jeff Jackson, Associate Professor of Sociology
12:00pm                                     New Donors of Development Assistance: Is South-South Aid Really
Leavell 212                                 South-South?


Friday, October 4                 Carolyn Freiwald, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
12:00pm                                    Burial customs of the Classic Maya: A 1300 year-old Household
Leavell 212                                Burial Ground at Actuncan, Belize


Friday, October 25              Teaching Round Table
12:00pm                                    Come join us for a time to share and learn teaching strategies and
Leavell 212                                ideas for the classroom!


Friday, November 1            Kate Centellas, Croft Assistant Professor of Anthropology &
12:00pm                                   International Studies
Leavell 212                               Engineering Counter-hegemony: Chinese-Bolivian Collaboration
                                                      and the Tupac Katari Satellite


Dr. Eugene J. Richardson and Mr. Fredrick Terna Present Final Intertwining Legacies Lecture


The final event in the year-long lecture series, “Intertwining Legacies:  Jews and African Americans in the Deep South” is quickly approaching.  In this presentation, a Holocaust survivor and a former Tuskegee Airman will discuss antisemitism, racism, and the relationship between Jews and African-Americans during World War II.  Mr. Fred Terna is a survivor of Auschwitz who watched African-American troops liberate Jews, only to return to Jim Crow oppression back home.  Dr. Eugene Richardson, an African-American fighter pilot who trained at four military bases in the South, served at a time when many white soldiers were openly antisemitic and racist. The talk is part of the lecture series, “Intertwining Legacies: Jews and African-Americans in the South,” organized by the Critical Race Studies Group and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.The presentation will take place on Tuesday, April 30th at 5:00 pm in the Overby Center Auditorium.   A reception will follow.


For more information about the event, please see the official University of Mississippi press release.

For more information o on the Association for Jewish Studies-Legacy Heritage Jewish Studies Project, see


Dr. Thayer Scudder Presents “Global Threats, Global Futures: Learning to Live with Declining Living Standards”




Dr. Thayer Scudder, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the California Institute of Technology will present “Global Threats, Global Futures:  Learning to Live with Declining Living Standards” on Monday, March 25th at 5:30 pm in the Tupelo Room of the Barnard Observatory.  The event is sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa, Beta of Mississippi, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College.  We hope you can join us for this lecture.

Mr. Jonathan Kaufman presents “African Americans and Jews in the Age of Obama”



To read more about Mr. Kaufman’s lecture and visit, click here.

McLean Lecture on National Service featuring Dr. Melissa Bass

Please join us for the next McLean Lecture by Dr. Melissa Bass, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Leadership at the University of Mississippi.  Dr. Bass will be discussing her new book entitled Politics and Civics of National Service:  Lessons from the Civilian Conservation Corps, VISTA, and Americorps.  

The presentation will take place on Thursday, March 21st from 12:00 pm- 1:30 pm in Odom 101.  Coffee and dessert will be provided.  We hope you can join us!!

Click here to read a full description of the book.

For more information about the McLean Lectures or the McLean Institute, click here.


McLean Lecture featuring Dr. Melissa Bass - March 21, 2013

Faculty and Students Win Awards at A-MSA


Congratulations to University of Mississippi students and faculty who won awards at the annual meeting of the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association in Montgomery, Alabama on February 21-22, 2013!

Sociology graduate student, Danielle Kerr, won the Best Graduate Student Paper Award for her paper, “Housing: Affordable and Accessible or Not?  A Closer Look at a Mississippi Town’s Shift in Housing Tenure.”

Mary Margaret Saulters, an Anthropology and Biology double major, won the Best Undergraduate Paper Award for her paper, “Farmers Markets and Food Security:  A Critical Evaluation of the Sociodemographic Factors Influencing Market Patronage in the Mississippi Delta.”

Dr. John Green, Director of the Center for Populations Studies and Associate Professor of Sociology, was honored with the Distinguished Service Award for his consistent support of the work of the Alabama- Mississippi Sociological Association over the years.

Congratulations Danielle, Mary Margaret, and John!


Robbie Ethridge Participating in the 2013 Williams Research Center Symposium

The Historic New Orleans Collection presents the 18th Annual Williams Research Center Symposium, Seeking the Unknown:  Natural History Observations in Louisiana, 1698-1840.   This event will feature presentations from scholars about Louisiana’s natural history, including sessions about precolonial American Indians, John James Audubon, early naturalists, and more.  Robbie Ethridge, Professor of Anthropology, will be participating in the symposium.  Dr. Ethridge will be presenting a talk entitled “American Indians and Natural History:  Managed Landscapes in Prehistory.”

For more information regarding the symposium or the Historic New Orleans Collection, visit


Mr. Jonathan Kaufman Presents Third Intertwining Legacies Lecture



Mr. Jonathan Kaufman, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, author, and Managing Editor at Bloomberg News will be the next speaker for the Intertwining Legacies Lecture Series sponsored by the Critical Race Studies Group and generously funded by the Association for Jewish Studies–Legacy Heritage Jewish Studies Project grant.  Mr. Kaufman’s lecture title is “African Americans and Jews in the Age of Obama.”  The lecture is scheduled for Thursday evening, February 7th at 5:30 pm at Overby Auditorium (Room 147).  Please join us!

For more information about Mr. Kaufman and his upcoming lecture, please see the official University of Mississippi press release.

This is the third public lecture of the year-long series entitled Intertwining Legacies: Jews and African Americans in the Deep South.”

For more information about the previous lectures in the series, please see the story in the College of Liberal Arts Newsletter, “View from Ventress” by clicking here.

For more information on the Association for Jewish Studies-Legacy Heritage Jewish Studies Project, see


Photographs from Mr. Kaufman’s Visit

Dr. David Embrick presents “Pluralism, Multiculturalism, Diversity, and Inclusion: What Does it all Mean in the Post Civil-Rights Era?”

Embrickpdf (2)Dr. David Embrick, Associate Professor of Sociology and Loyola University-Chicago will present his talk entitled “Pluralism, Multiculturalism, Diversity, and Inclusion:   What Does it all Mean in the Post Civil-Rights Era?”  on Thursday, January 24th at 5:00 pm in the Tupelo Room of the Barnard Observatory.  For more information, see the synopsis of Dr. Embrick’s talk below.  We hope you can join us!
Diversity” has become one of the most commonly used words by U.S. corporations.  Indeed, many companies claim that they have spent millions, sometimes billions of dollars to create an egalitarian workplace for all workers.  Given the amount of money spent and the increased amount of research that corporations have done on the issue of diversity, we should expect some progress in terms of equality or equal rights for minority and female workers.  However, while there has been a substantial increase in the rise of corporate philosophy espousing diversity, there is also overwhelming data that suggests minorities and women are still unable to obtain opportunities or to achieve success at the same rates as their white male counterparts.  How can we explain the apparent contradictions?  Furthermore, why are many companies that have historically barred minorities and women from their workplace now publicizing their support for racial and gender integration? I suggest that the term “diversity” is ostensibly used by corporations to mean increased access of minorities and women to non-menial positions in corporations, but actually used only to give the illusion of greater access while, in reality, protecting those in power.  The concept of diversity, then, does far greater damage than no attempt to equalize access at all, because it hides the fact that no change is occurring while falsely promising that change will occur in the future.  Using in-depth interviews conducted with 40 middle and senior-level managers and upper-level executive officers from Fortune 1000 companies, I find that many corporations use “diversity” as a shield to hide the fact that nothing has really changed in the structure of U.S corporations.  That is, U.S. corporations have been, and continue to be, exclusive clubhouses for upper class white males.  


New Director of the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, Dr. Albert Nylander, Professor of Sociology

The Department is excited to share a recent news story regarding Dr. Albert Nylander and his work as the Director of the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement.  Dr. Nylander will lead the efforts of the newly expanded McLean Institute and the University on upcoming initiatives related to engaged community research and teaching. To read the recent news story, click here.

To learn more about the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, click here.