2010 Video Library

Election Aftermath, November 5, 2010
Jere Nash, a prominent blogger in Democratic circles in the state, and his opposite number among Republicans, Andy Taggart, move their running battle from the Internet to the Overby Center stage in a renewal of their post-election debate at the Overby Center in 2008. Three days after the Nov. 2010 election, the pair debate the outcome and offer their partisan observation.

Judging Higher Education, November 1, 2010
Claudia Dreifus, co-author of “Higher Education? How Colleges are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids – and What We Can Do About It,” engages in a conversation led by Amy Wells Dolan, an associate professor specializing in Higher Education at the Ole Miss School of Education. The two discuss why the new book faults tenure first among other features of academic culture, while also finding programs to admire at Ole Miss and other places.

The Scruggs Case, October 29, 2010
Video from October 29, 2010. Overby Fellow Curtis Wilkie, author of "The Fall of the House of Zeus," reflects on the story that rocked Mississippi in a conversation with Peter Boyer. Ole Miss alum and staff writer for The New Yorker whose article. "The Bribe," appeared earlier in the magazine.

Simeon Wright: The Story that Sparked The Civil Rights Movement, October 13, 2010
Simeon Wright, who witnessed the abduction of his cousin, Emmett Till, and has written a new book concerning the Tallahatchie County murder case in 1955 that helped launch the civil rights movement, discussed the story in a special program at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics.

First Congressional District Debate, October 12, 2010

The only debate scheduled in the campaign for the 1st Congressional District seat, the contest gathered momentum and attracted national attention as one of the close races that helped determine the majority party in the 2011 Congress. The two major candidates, Democratic Congressman Travis Childers, the incumbent, and his Republican challenger, state Senator Alan Nunnelee, agreed to make a rare joint appearance to take questions from a panel of North Mississippi journalists from the district.

Election Outlook, October 1, 2010
A month before votes ere cast, a trio of Southern political analysts- Ferrel Guillory, public policy professor at the University of North Carolina; John Maginnis, Louisiana political writer; and Sid Salter, Mississippi political columnist- assess the climate across the region and discuss the impact of the Tea Party, the effort by Republicans to win back seats lost to Democrats in 2008, and the political future of Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour.

Mississippi Women, September 24, 2010
Elizabeth Payne of the Ole Miss history department conducts a discussion of the subjects in a new two-volume set of books, “Mississippi Women,” published by the University of Georgia Press, with Martha Swain, her fellow editor on
the project; Beverly Bond, University of Memphis history professor: and Suzanne Marrs, biographer of the Pulitzer Prize winning novelist from Jackson, Eudora Welty.


George McLean, The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal: 140 Years of Civic Journalism, Sept. 20, 2010
Following a Web documentary on George McLean and the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, three journalists from the newspaper discuss how their reporting on education, government and religion functions to improve the quality of life in a region, extending the mission of this legendary publisher and community organizer.

PR Crises, September 17, 2010
Against the backdrop of the BP oil spill, two prominent Ole Miss alumni in the public relations business, Karen Hinton of Arlington, Va., and Lee Ragland of Jackson, join Robin Street of the Ole Miss journalism faculty to talk about handling crisis situations for embattled clients.

Fighting Government Obstruction, September 16, 2010
Efforts to invoke Freedom of Information laws in Mississippi are discussed by Charlie Mitchell, assistant dean of Meek School of Journalism and New Media; David Hampton, editorial director of The Clarion-Ledger; Tom Hood, executive director of Mississippi Ethics Commission, and Leonard Van Slyke, Jackson attorney who handles the legal hotline for the Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information, a co-sponsor of this panel.

Covering the Death of Elvis ,
Overby Center Auditorium, September 2, 2010

Three journalists who reported on the death of Elvis Presley in 1977 discuss the challenge of deadline pressures and fast-breaking decisions dealing with previously unknown aspects of the singer’s lifestyle in the first program of the fall 2010 semester at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics.


A Championship Season Interrupted , Overby Center Auditorium, April 23, 2010

In 1960, the Ole Miss baseball team won the SEC championship but was prevented from advancing to the NCAA playoffs and the College World Series because of racial restrictions imposed by the state of Mississippi. 50-years later, the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics held this special program to commemorate the team and reflect on the transformation that has occurred in the state since that time.

Tom Brokaw Addresses Honors Students, April 21, 2010
Legendary NBC newsman, Tom Brokaw speaks to students from the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at The University of Mississippi.

Leigh Ann Tuohy Philanthrophy Award Ceremony, April 17, 2010
The Ole Miss Women's Council for Philanthropy honors Leigh Anne Tuohy with its Legacy Award.

Civil Rights Cold Cases Program, April 6, 2010
Mississippi pioneered investigations that led to convictions - decades later - of Klansmen guilty of murders in the civil rights era. Still, there is work to be done. These "cold cases" were the subject of a special program featuring Susan Glisson, executive director of the University's William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation; Rita Schwerner Bender and Bill Bender, visiting Winter scholars at Ole Miss who have made a study of "Restorative Justice;" Jerry Mitchell, prize-winning reporter for The Clarion-Ledger whose stories succeeded in reopening many of the most notorious
cases; and Leroy Clemons, chair of the Philadelphia Coalition, a group instrumental in bringing about the prosecution of Edgar Killen in connection with the Neshoba County murders in 1964.

Remembering Jack Nelson , March 23, 2010
An appreciation of the distinguished career of Jack Nelson, a Mississippian who won a Pulitzer Prize and became one of the dominant names in American journalismas Washington bureau chief for The Los Angeles Times, delivered by friends and former colleagues of Nelson, who died in fall 2009. The guests include Ann Abadie of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, who worked with Nelson to produce a widely-heralded 1987 symposium on the Ole Miss campus concerning news coverage of the civil rights movement; Hank Klibanoff, Pulitzer Prize-winning co-author of “The Race Beat;” Bill Minor, veteran Mississippi journalist who won the first John Chancellor Award for courageous reporting; and Stan Tiner, executive editor of the Pulitzer-Prize winning Gulf Coast newspaper, the Sun Herald, where Nelson got his start.

Hendrik Hertzberg Program
, March 4, 2010,
Hendrik Hertzberg of The New Yorker magazine, one of the most influential voices in American journalism, will talk about his concerns over Congressional stalemate and archaic election laws in a special appearance at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics. Hertzberg has been writing essays for “The Talk of the Town” section of the magazine for nearly 20 years. He is also the author of “Politics: Observations and Arguments, 1966-2004” and a new collection of his pieces, “¡OBÁMANOS!:The Birth of a New Political Era.”

Governor Haley Barbour Meets the Press , March 2, 2010

Gov. Haley Barbour returned to his alma mater to take questions from four reporters and editors for North Mississippi newspapers.

Community Newspapers in a Digital Age, February 25, 2010
February 25, 2010. Four publishers and editors from North Mississippi newspapers discuss the challenges facing their newspapers and the changes they are doing to face the digital age.



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