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Gordy Honors Forum Series: Dr. Jodi Skipper

February 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Dr. Jodi Skipper, Associate Professor of Anthropology & Southern Studies, University of Mississippi

Author of Behind the Big House: Reconciling Slavery, Race, and Heritage in the U.S. South in conjunction with our 2023-2024 MUW Community Read of Clint Smith’s How the Word Is Passed made possible with funding from the Mississippi Humanities Council

Behind the Big House is one of few historic site tours developed with the specific goal of interpreting slavery. The program began with several private homeowners in Holly Springs, who opened slave houses on their properties to the public. This presentation discusses the development of the program, what it tells us about slavery in North Mississippi, and the necessity of telling these stories today. Dr. Skipper is an applied anthropologist at the University of Mississippi who explores the representation of African American lives through material culture.


February 29
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Located in historic Columbus, Mississippi, The W was founded in 1884 as the first state-supported college for women in the United States. Today, the university is home to 2,227 students in more than 70 majors and concentrations and has educated men for 40 years. The university is nationally recognized for low student debt, diversity and social mobility which empowers students to BE BOLD.

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