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University of Mississippi

History, Heritage, and the Politics of Memory Work in Mississippi

IDEAS Forum, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Advancing through Scholarship

Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2023
Time: 4:00 p.m., CST

Location: Barnard Observatory, Tupelo Room

In this conversation Behind the Big House author, Jodi Skipper, and Executive Director of the Emmett Till Interpretive Center, Patrick Weems, share their experiences interpreting Black pasts in Mississippi’s present. Join them as they think through: Who determines which pasts are remembered, What does it mean to publicly commemorate racially charged experiences and events, How a fractured collective memory impacts who does this work, What skill set it takes, and why this work continues to matter?


Headshot of Jodi Skipper

Dr. Jodi Skipper

Associate Professor of Anthropology and Southern Studies

Patrick Weems

Patrick Weems

Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Emmett Till Interpretive Center

Sponsored by The College of Liberal Arts
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