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Dr. D’s Brain Jam

COLUMBUS, Miss.-- The Mississippi University for Women’s Department of History, Political Science and Geography and Friendly City Books will present “Dr. D’s Brain Jam” at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, at Sunstroke House Lawn, 523Sixth Street South in Columbus.

Dr. Kristi DiClemente, an associate professor of History at The W, will lead an interactive presentation titled “Mightier Than the Sword: A History of Writing” that will focus on the history of writing in the Middle East and Europe from the earliest clay tablets in ancient Sumeria to the invention of the moveable type printing press by Johannes Gutenberg in 15th century Germany.

“I am thrilled to be re-starting this speaker series and want to thank Emily Liner from Friendly City Books for hosting and organizing the event,” DiClemente said. “It will be fun to explore the writing and printing technologies that completely changed the world.”

Participants of the event will make clay tablets with cuneiform writing, examine papyrus like the ancient Egyptians used, play with wax tables as the Greeks and Romans did, feel parchment and quills like in medieval Europe and work miniature printing press reproductions from the 15th and 16th centuries.

“Dr. D’s Brain Jam” is a recurring series that provides entertaining and educational topics to connect experts with the community. All events are free and open to the public.

Look for the next “Dr. D’s Brain Jam” on Oct. 10, and on the second Sunday of every other month going forward.  



For more information, email DiClemente at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Aug. 2, 2021