Gordy Honors College Forum Series




The Gordy Honors College presents the Forum Series each semester, hosting national, regional, and local speakers and offering films and other special presentations.  All MUW faculty and students are invited, and all events are free and open to the public.


Fall 2015 Series 

All events begin at 6 p.m. and are held in Nissan Auditorium, Parkinson Hall, unless otherwise noted.


August 27

Melissa Smith

Political Advertising and the Money that Fuels It

Dr. Melissa Smith, Assistant Professor of Communication, MUW


September 10

study abroad


Study Abroad with MUW: Our Community's Passport to the World

Erinn Holloway, Coordinator of Study Abroad Programs, MUW, and guest presenters


September 24


Putting the Pieces Together: Uncovering the W’s 1966 Racial Integration through Archival Research

Dr. Erin Kempker and Research Interns, MUW


October 8

"Full-Fledged Agitators": Youth Protest in Civil Rights-Era Mississippi

Dr. Daphne Chamberlain, Assistant Professor of History and Coordinator of Civil Rights and Social Justice Initiatives, Tougaloo College

This presentation coordinates with MUW's Common Reading Initiative focus on Anne Moody's Coming of Age in Mississippi.


October 22

The Series joins the Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium for the keynote address by author Moira Crone (7:30 p.m., Poindexter Hall).


November 5


Eyes on Mississippi 

Ellen Ann Fentress, producer and co-writer, screening her recently debuted documentary on Mississippi journalist Bill Minor


November 19

Gordy Honors College Undergraduate Research Symposium (Part I)


December 3

Gordy Honors College Undergraduate Research Symposium (Part II)



Previous Featured Speakers

Arsalan Iftikhar, human rights attorney and author of Islamic Pacifism

Amanda Beard





Amanda Beard, 3 time Olympian, winner of 7 Olympic Medals









 Bill Roseman, editor, Marvel Comics





Rudy Reyes




Rudy Reyes, Marine veteran, author of "Hero Living," star of the HBO mini-series "Generation Kill"




Dick Gregory




Dick Gregory, legendary comedian and civil rights leader







Lieutenant General Russel Honore, Commander Joint Task Force Katrina








Mark Zupan, paralympian and star of the movie Murderball