Ina E. Gordy Honors College

Forum Series



The W's Ina E. Gordy Honors College presents the Forum Series each semester, hosting national, regional, and local speakers and offering films and other special presentations.  

All events are free and open to the public and, unless otherwise noted, begin at 6 p.m. in Parkinson Hall's Nissan Auditorium.   


Spring 2018

January 18

Dr. Alison Collis Greene

Associate Professor of History, Mississippi State University 

“Nobody Is Starving in America”? Religion and the Great Depression in Memphis and the Delta

A historian of American religions and the twentieth century U.S., Greene is author of No Depression in Heaven: The Great, Depression, the New Deal, and the Transformation of Religion in the Delta (Oxford University Press, 2016), in which she explores the ways the Great Depression remade American religion just as it did the nation’s politics and social order.  No Depression in Heaven was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title and was awarded the Charles S. Sydnor Award from the Southern Historical Association.


February 1


Dr. Ashley White

Assistant Professor of Health Education, MUW

Black Bruthas from the Margin: Race, Health, Poetry, and the Po-Po

White explores barriers to the use of health services among men ages of 18-34 in Quitman County, a rural area in the Mississippi Delta. She provides poetic voices to the men she has interviewed and points to sustainable, culturally appropriate programs to increase African American men’s engagement in the healthcare system.  Before receiving her PhD at University of Alabama and joining the MUW faculty, she worked with the Central Mississippi Area Health Education Center; i-Think Group, a public health and health policy consulting firm in Jackson; and the Mississippi State Department of Health Personal Responsibility and Education Program (PREP). 


February 15

Cedric Sturdevant

Project Manager, The SPOT (Safe Place Over Time), Jackson Medical Mall

Sturdevant has been working in the field of HIV prevention, education, and awareness for a decade. At the Jackson Medical Mall and with AIDSWatch Mississippi, he works with HIV-positive people to gain access to the care they need and advocate for themselves and others. Previously a Project Coordinator with My Brother’s Keeper, Sturdevant was featured in the film Deepsouth, about individuals living with HIV in Mississippi and surrounding states, and most recently in The New York Times


March 1

Look and See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry

The film Look and See explores the work of writer Wendell Berry, one of America’s most passionate and eloquent voices defending sustainable farming, local economies, and rootedness to place against the encroachment of industrial agriculture. Filmed in the rolling hills of Henry County, Kentucky, where Berry has lived and farmed since the mid-1960s, the film weaves Berry’s own words with gorgeous cinematography and the testimonies of his family and neighbors.  Directed by Laura Dunn and produced by Robert Redford, Terrence Malick, and Nick Offerman, it premiered at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival. 


March 22

Nell Peel Wolfe Lecture


John T. Edge

Award-Winning Author of The Pot Likker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South (2017)

According to The New Republic, in his latest book The Potlikker Papers, John T. Edge “shows that we aren’t just what we eat; we are where that food was grown, how it was cooked, who cooked it, and who all gets to eat it with us.”  Director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, Edge has authored four other books, received the James Beard Foundation’s M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award, and appeared ten times in the Best Food Writing Anthology.  He has contributed to Garden & Gun, The Oxford AmericanSouthern Living, and the weekend edition of NPR's All Things Considered. He will sign books following his lecture.


April 5

Dr. Ann Fletchall

Visiting Assistant Professor of Geography, MUW

Dr. Fletchall will discuss the importance of craft breweries to community and place.  Focusing on breweries in Denver and rural Montana and applying this research to the increasing numbers of breweries across the country, she explores how they help build state and local identity and provide visitors with a sense of connection to place and more authentic experience of community.  


April 19

Gordy Honors College Undergraduate Research Symposium (Part I)


April 26

Gordy Honors College Undergraduate Research Symposium (Part II)


Previous events:

Fall 2017

August 31

MUW Goes Global: Travel for Study, Service, and Adventure

Student Presentations and Panel Discussion


September 14


Women’s Rights Movements In Pre- And Post-Revolutionary Iran 

Dr. Mona Tajali

Assistant Professor, International Relations and Women's Studies, Agnes Scott College 

co-sponsored by The W's Common Reading Initiative


September 28

Film Screening: Gringo Trails (2014)

award-winning documentary on the cultural, economic, and environmental impact of global tourism


November 2

How My International Education Impacted My Career

L. Patricia Ice

Director, Legal Project, Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance 


November 16

Fault Lines: Living in Two Cultures

Seetha Srinivasan

Director Emeritus, University Press of Mississippi

made possible in part by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council


November 30

Gordy Honors College Undergraduate Research Symposium (Part I)


December 7

Gordy Honors College Undergraduate Research Symposium (Part II)