Monday, March 4, 5:30 p.m.
A Pioneer of the Black Press
Burnis Morris, an Ole Miss graduate who is now a journalism professor at Marshall University, returns to campus to discuss his new book based on the work of Carter G. Woodson, who was called the “Father of Black History.” He will be joined in the conversation by Alysia Steele, the author of “Delta Jewels” and a member of the journalism faculty at Ole Miss.

Wednesday, March 20, 5:30 p.m.
The Truth About Fake News
The chief media columnists for The New York Times and The Washington Post will weigh in on the fake news phenomenon and how it is not only undercutting a civil discourse in the country, but is also striking at the heart of our democracy.  Margaret Sullivan of The Post (and the former public editor of The New York Times) and Jim Rutenberg of The Times (and a long-time political reporter) head up a panel on this issue that has gone from a funny catch phrase to a crucial challenge for covering the news. They will talk with Charles Overby and Overby Fellow Greg Brock.

Wednesday, April 3, 5:30 p.m.
The Center Cannot Hold
Yeats coined the term 100 years ago in his famous poem, “The Second Coming,” but the expression applies today in the nation’s bitterly divided politics. Stuart Stevens, a Mississippi native and architect of Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, and David Baria, a Democratic candidate for one of Mississippi’s U.S. Senate seats last fall, will talk about the dilemma with Charles Overby and Curtis Wilkie.

Wednesday, April 17, 5:30 p.m.
Overcoming a Segregationist Past
U.S. District Judge William Alsup of San Francisco and attorney Danny Cupit of Jackson were white high school and college friends in the segregated environment of Mississippi in the 1960s. Alsup has written a book, “Won Over,” about how he broke through the segregationist status quo to become a civil rights advocate. He and Cupit will talk with legendary U.S. Judge Thelton Henderson of San Francisco, Charles Overby and Curtis Wilkie about their experiences.



Analysis of Politics During Mississippi Election Year

Top political Mississippi reporters, Emily Wagster Pettus of the Associated Press, a respected veteran of the statehouse press corps in Jackson, and Adam Ganucheau, who is carving out a strong reputation for his political stories in Mississippi Today, spoke on Monday, Feb. 18, with Charles Overby and Curtis Wilkie on this year’s statewide elections.

They provided early assessments of the various races including the upcoming battle for governor. Two of the state’s ranking government figures, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, and Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood, seem headed toward a major confrontation in the race for governor. And popular Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s campaign for lieutenant governor is being challenged by Oxford’s state Rep. Jay Hughes, a strong-willed Democrat. Other candidates have expressed interest in these races as well as additional statewide contests that will be decided this year.

Both Pettus and Ganucheau are graduates of the University of Mississippi with degrees in journalism and have amassed extensive experience covering elections in Mississippi.


(l-r) Adam Ganucheau, Emily Wagster Pettus, Charles D. Mitchell, Bill Gottshall






Judges Make Hard Decisions Every Day


Judge Sharion Aycock, Magistrate Judge Roy Percy, Senior Judge Glen H. Davidson, Director Jim Duff, Charles Overby

Jim Duff, director of the Office of Administration for U.S. courts, told an Overby Center audience that the legislative and executive branches could learn from the federal judiciary. "Judges make hard decisions every day," Duff said at the first program for the spring series. He is pictured above with U.S. district Judge Sharion Aycock, Magistrate Judge Roy Percy, Senior Judge Glen H. Davidson, and Charles Overby.

As director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Duff is one of the country’s most knowledgeable experts on federal courts and judges. His office provides administrative support to 2,400 judicial officers and nearly 29,000 court employees.

Duff has worked in varying roles for the last three Chief Justices: John Roberts, William Rehnquist and Warren Burger. Duff was Rehnquist’s administrative assistant and served as counselor to Chief Justice Rehnquist when he presided over the 1999 Senate impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.

Duff was also CEO of the Newseum and Freedom Forum from 2011-2014.





Spring Programs at Overby Center Under Way

The spring programs at the Overby Center are now under way, featuring judges, journalists and authors.

“Our programs feature a nationally known federal judge who grew up in Mississippi, journalists from The New York Times and The Washington Post, authors and political experts,” said Charles Overby, chairman of the center. “The programs offer a rich opportunity for conversations between the panelists the audiences on a broad array of subjects.”

Each event will take place in the Overby Center Auditorium. The programs are free and open to the public, and parking will be available in the lot adjacent to the auditorium. The schedule includes:

Monday, March 4, 5:30 p.m. – A PIONEER OF THE BLACK PRESS
Burnis Morris, an Ole Miss graduate who is now a journalism professor at Marshall University, returns to campus to discuss his new book based on the work of Carter G. Woodson, who was called the “Father of Black History.” He will be joined in the conversation by Alysia Steele, the author of “Delta Jewels” and a member of the journalism faculty at Ole Miss.

Wednesday, March 20, 5:30 pm. – THE TRUTH ABOUT FAKE NEWS
The chief media columnists for The New York Times and The Washington Post will weigh in on the fake news phenomenon and how it is not only undercutting a civil discourse in the country, but is also striking at the heart of our democracy. Margaret Sullivan of The Post (the former public editor of The New York Times) and Jim Rutenberg of The Times, a long-time political reporter, head up a panel on this issue that has gone from a funny catch phrase to a crucial challenge for covering the news. They will talk with Overby and Overby Fellow Greg Brock.

Wednesday, April 3, 5:30 p.m. – “THE CENTER CANNOT HOLD”
Yeats coined the term 100 years ago in his famous poem, “The Second Coming,” but the expression applies today in the nation’s bitterly divided politics. Stuart Stevens, a Mississippi native and architect of Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, and David Baria, a Democratic candidate for one of Mississippi’s U.S. Senate seats last fall, will talk about the dilemma with Overby and Wilkie.

Wednesday, April 17, 5:30 p.m. – “OVERCOMING A SEGREGATIONIST PAST”
U.S. District Judge William Alsup of San Francisco and attorney Danny Cupit of Jackson were white high school and college friends in the segregated environment of Mississippi in the 1960s. Alsup has written a book, “Won Over,” about how he broke through the segregationist status quo to become a civil rights advocate. He and Cupit will talk with legendary U.S. Judge Thelton Henderson of San Francisco, Charles Overby and Curtis Wilkie about their experiences.





ABOUT THE OVERBY CENTER

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


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