2015 Video Library


DRAWING SHARP COMMENT   Tuesday, February 10
Marshall Ramsey, the prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, talks about the power of his art form and the angry reaction it can produce - even in Mississippi.


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"BLOOD IN MY EYE"   Tuesday, February 17
A Black History Month provocative documentary featuring scenes from the civil rights movement coupled with the words of such radical figures as Eldridge Cleaver, James Baldwin and others. The film is produced by Mykki Newton, video editor of the Meek School of Journalism and New Media, and Louis Bourgeois of Vox Press of Oxford.


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MISSISSIPPI’S STRUGGLE OVER EDUCATION   Friday, February 27
The debate over education issues moves from the floor of the state legislature to the Overby Center in a special program with Rep. Cecil Brown, Democrat of Jackson, and Sen. Gray Tollison, Republican of Oxford. Andy Mullins, who worked for years as the university’s point man on legislative issues, moderates the discussion which touches on major issues ranging from a dispute over Common Core to the growing charter school movement to a voter initiative that attempts to force the Legislature to better fund public schools.


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BLACK POWER IN THE DELTA   Tuesday, March 17
An in-depth look in words and pictures at the legacy of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in the Mississippi Delta by a panel of students who reported in the Delta under the direction of Overby Fellow Bill Rose, interviewing local officials, former civil rights workers and movement legends such as Andrew Young and John Lewis. Read the digital copy of the magazine here


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FROM MISSISSIPPI TO ETHIOPIA   Tuesday, March 31
A panel discussion of Ole Miss students and faculty who traveled to Ethiopia with Director of Student Media Pat Thompson to write stories and essays, and shoot photographs and video. They spent eight days exploring northeastern Ethiopia, from the capital city of Addis Ababa to the mouth of the Blue Nile. They talk about what they learned and surprising links between Mississippi and one of America’s closest allies in Africa.


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MISSISSIPPI'S PRISON PROBLEMS   Wednesday, April 15
A panel discussion by leading figures in the state’s attempt to reform its prison contracts and avoid the sort of allegations that have dogged the East Mississippi Correctional Unit, now the defendant in a federal lawsuit. The panel includes Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher, a veteran lawman with a mandate to clean up prison crime, Jackson attorney Andy Taggart of the governor’s task force, Senator Lydia Chasseniol of the Senate Corrections Committee, and Eric Lambert, chairman of Legal Studies at Ole Miss. Clarion-Ledger investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell, who has penned a series on prisons, serves as moderator.


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THE LONG, HOT POLITICAL SUMMER   Thursday, April 16
A panel of experts in Mississippi politics, forecast likely scenarios for the state’s every-four-years orgy of elections from governor to the legislature. The panel, consisting of Clarion-Ledger political writer Geoff Pender, Republican political consultant Hayes Dent and North Mississippi Tea Party leader Grant Sowell of Tupelo, address everything from potential candidates to hot issues to the Tea Party's potential role in 2015.


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COVERING KATRINA   Tuesday, September 1
To mark the 10th anniversary of the storm that ravaged New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, four members of the Ole Miss faculty who closely followed the disaster talk about their experiences in a discussion moderated by Cynthia Joyce, editor of the new anthology, “Please Forward: How Blogging Reconnected New Orleans After Katrina.”


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"EYES ON MISSISSIPPI"   Wednesday, September 9
The amazing career of Bill Minor, who started as a newspaper reporter in Mississippi in 1947 and is still writing provocative columns about the state today, is celebrated in a documentary produced by Ellen Ann Fentress. After the film, several of Minor’s friends and associates consider how his work had major impact in the state and beyond.


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"THE LAST SEASON"   Friday, September 25
On the eve of a home game against Vanderbilt, multifaceted Mississippi native Stuart Stevens – political consultant, travel writer, and sports enthusiast – talks of his new book and how he journeyed with his 95-year-old father to virtually every Ole Miss football game in 2013 to recapture the magic of their game day pilgrimages when he was a child.


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"RIOT"   Wednesday, September 30
Ed Meek’s photographic record of the shattering of segregation in Mississippi and the turmoil at Ole Miss surrounding James Meredith’s admission to the school has been preserved in a new book. Meek and others who witnessed that history will recall the events on the 53rd anniversary of the night the campus became a bloody battleground.


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AARON HENRY   Wednesday, October 7
One of the major figures in the civil rights movement, Aaron Henry, a Clarksdale pharmacist, long-time president of the state NAACP, and driving force behind the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and Freedom Summer, is the subject of a new biography by Minion K.C. Morrison, who will be here to talk about Henry’s life and legacy.


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DUELING PROPOSITIONS   Thursday, October 8
A month before the issue is decided at the polls, advocates of Proposition 42, designed to force the state legislature to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, and proponents of a rival measure that would not carry a strong mandate debate what has arguably become the liveliest contest on the fall 2015 ballot.


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SENATOR JAMES EASTLAND   Wednesday, October 14
Maarten Zwiers, a 2007 Ole Miss graduate from the Netherlands, became so interested in his study of the South that he became this year the author of the first full-length biography of the man who dominated politics in the state for a generation. Zwiers returns to campus to describe how Eastland was a power to be reckoned with in Washington, too.


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“AMERICA’S GREAT STORM”   Friday, October 23
Haley Barbour, who directed Mississippi’s recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina while he was governor, will talk of the ordeal -- and of his new book in which he describes his efforts to call on personal and political connections to deal with the bureaucracy while trying to comfort the population of a devastated state.


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