Mississippi Politics Symposium

During the week of the first 2008 Presidential Debate, the Winter Institute co-sponsored the Mississippi Politics Symposium in conjunction with the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics and the Lott Leadership Institute.

September 24, 2008
Overby Center Auditorium
University of Mississippi
Oxford, MS

Admission free and open to the public,
with a reception to follow the concluding discussion.

Click here for a PDF poster with details

Panel sessions:

10 a.m. Challenging the Rules—Mississippi Freedom Democrats at the 1964 Convention
Featured panelists include Lawrence Guyot, former chairman of Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party; Rita Schwerner Bender, widow of Mickey Schwerner, a victim of the Neshoba County murders that year; John Dittmer, DePauw University professor and author of “Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi”; and Charles E. Cobb, Jr., former member of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee and author of “On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail.” Susan Glisson, director of the Winter Institute, is the panel moderator.

2 p.m. Shattering the ‘Solid South’—the Realignment of Policial Parties in the Region
Presenters include Clarke Reed, former and longtime chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party; Hodding Carter III, former co-chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party following the MFDP challenge; and Leslie McLemore, political science professor at Jackson State University and president of the Jackson City Council. Jack Bass, former UM professor of journalism and author of “The Transformation of Southern Politics,” is the moderator.

4 p.m. Establishing a Two-Party System—the situation today
Panelists include Mary Coleman, associate dean of the JSU College of Liberal Arts, Rep. Philip Gunn (R-Clinton), and Sen. Gray Tollison (D-Oxford). Robert Haws, chair of Public Policy Leadership and associate professor of history at the Lott Institute, will moderate.