COLUMBUS, Miss.— Mississippi University for Women’s spring Forum Series hosted by the Gordy Honors College will feature creative readings, talks by scholars and a film screening. All presentations are free and open to the community and begin at 6 p.m. in Nissan Auditorium.
The Series kicks off Thursday, Feb. 14 with a screening of the documentary “Death by Design: The Dirty Secret of Our Digital Addiction.” By 2020, five billion people will own a mobile phone and four billion will own a personal computer. But this revolution has a dark side most consumers don’t see. In an investigation that takes her around the world, filmmaker Sue Williams investigates the underbelly of the electronics industry and the health and environmental impacts of consumerism.
On Thursday, Feb. 28, Dr. Travis Hagey, assistant professor of biology at The W, will discuss his work on the biomechanics, evolution and ecology of gecko lizards, with special attention to their adhesive toes, and more generally how animal performance works and why animals are built the way they are. He will also discuss his science education outreach to K-12 students, museums and the general public.
On Thursday, March 21, as part of The W’s observation of Women’s History Month, Dr. Rachel Allison, assistant professor of sociology at Mississippi State University and author of “Kicking Center: Gender and the Selling of Women's Professional Soccer,” will discuss the complexities of breaking into male-dominated U.S. professional sport and the challenges and opportunities in sustaining women’s soccer leagues.
In the Nell Peel Wolfe Lecture Thursday, March 28, former Marine Corps officer Tracy Crow will discuss her own and American women’s experience in the military and what it means to tell one’s own story. Crow is co-editor of “It's My Country Too: Women's Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan” and author of “Eyes Right: Confessions from a Woman Marine” and three other books. Barnes & Noble will offer her books for sale in the Hogarth Student Center and at the event.
On Thursday, April 11, in celebration of National Poetry Month, the Series will feature a poetry reading and conversation with Kris (T.K.) Lee, assistant professor of English at The W and author of the poetry collection “To Square a Circle,” and C.T. Salazar, graduate of The W’s MFA in Creative Writing Program and author of the poetry chapbook “This Might Have Meant Fire.”
The Forum Series concludes Thursday, April 25 and Thursday, May 2 with the Honors College's Undergraduate Research Symposium showcasing the independent research of honors students.
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Feb. 6, 2019