Thursday, February 25, 11 a.m.

Jesse J. Holland, an Ole Miss journalism graduate and Washington reporter, will discuss his new book which is making waves across the country, "The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves in the White House."

Friday, March 4, 5:30 p.m.

Charles Overby hosts a discussion about our university town's growing reputation as a community of writers with Richard Howorth, owner of Square Books, and authors Beth Ann Fennelly, Neil White and Curtis Wilkie.

Tuesday, March 22, 5:30 p.m.


The second of three state-wide programs sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council and the Overby Center celebrating Mississippi Pulitzer Prize winners will be held on campus with family members and friends of three late newspaper editors, Hodding Carter II, Ira Harkey and Hazel Brannon Smith on hand to talk of their bold editorial standards.

Monday, April 11, 10 a.m.

Geoffrey Stone, a constitutional scholar and professor at the University of Chicago Law School, will join Charles Overby in a conversation about press freedoms and the First Amendment.

Thursday, April 14, 8 a.m.

Two prominent Mississippi newsmen, Fred Anklam and Dennis Moore, who worked for the Clarion-Ledger before serving for years on the staff of USA TODAY, are returning to Jackson to help organize an ambitious on-line news operation that will concentrate on Mississippi. They will be on campus to talk about the project.


The Overby Center for Southern Journalism & Politics’ mission is to create better understanding of the media, politicians and the role of the First Amendment in our democracy. The Center is funded through a $5 million grant from the Freedom Forum, a foundation dedicated to educating people about the importance of a free press and the First Amendment.

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

Adjacent to the newly renovated journalism department facility at Farley Hall, the Overby Center is a new building that features 16,000 square feet of conference space. It includes a 225-seat auditorium, a multipurpose conference room that will accommodate 100 people for seminars and dinners, and a boardroom seating up to 24 people.

The center has state-of-the-art technology and video throughout the building, including a news wall with nine large-screen TV monitors for showing live news programs and current front pages from 12 Southern states.

The center is named for Charles L. Overby, editor of the Daily Mississippian at Ole Miss from 1967-1968. Overby was the CEO of the Freedom Forum and Newseum until his retirement in 2012.

Overby Center Auditorium


Adding to its regular slate of  programs dealing with writers and issues for the spring semester, the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at Ole Miss is partnering with the Mississippi Humanities Council in a series of three presentations saluting Pulitzer Prize winners from the state.

The Pulitzer events are taking the Overby Center on the road for the first time. The introductory program was held last month in Long Beach, and the series will climax in Jackson in April.

It continues with a program on the Ole Miss campus at 5:30 p.m. on March 22 when family members and writers  will discuss the work of three late Mississippi newspaper editors, Hodding Carter, Ira Harkey and Hazel Brannon Smith, who distinguished themselves with their bold editorial stands that won Pulitzers a half-century ago.

A final Pulitzer program, “Journalism and Social Change” will be held at Millsaps College in Jackson on April 8, focusing on news coverage ranging from the civil rights movement to the passage of the Education Reform Act in Mississippi. The panelists will include Hank Klibanoff, a former Mississippi journalist who won the Pulitzer Prize for co-authoring the 2006 book, “The Race Beat;” Leslie McLemore, former director of the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute at Jackson State University; and Charles Overby, former editor of the Clarion-Ledger, and Fred Anklam, a reporter for the paper which claimed the Pulitzer for public service in 1983.

The Long Beach presentation included Natasha Tretheway, a former poet laureate of the United States and, a Gulf Coast native who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry; Stan Tiner, former editor of the Sun Herald, winner of the Pulitzer in 2006 for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina, and Charles Mitchell, former editor of the Vicksburg Post, which won a Pulitzer for its news stories following a devastating 1954 tornado.

The series is being funded by a $20,000 grant to the Humanities Council from the Pulitzer Prize Board. “Mississippi writers have won more than their fair share of Pulitzer Prizes, and we are so grateful to the Pulitzer Board for giving us the opportunity to examine and celebrate them,” said Stuart Rockoff, executive director of the council.

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