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Department of Modern Languages
The University of Mississippi

Faculty and Graduate Student Forum on Race and Ethnicity: 7 March 2022

Monday, March 7th 10:00a-2:00p, Triplett Alumni Center, Butler Auditorium  

***Please register by Friday, February 25th at if you would like to join us for breakfast and/or lunch.


Breakfast 9:30a-10:00a 

Panel 1. 10:00a-11:00a

  1. Sandip Rai, Southern Studies, MFA Candidate: Film Screening: Living As An International Student in Oxford
  2. Katherine Aberle, Southern Studies, MFA Candidate: “Little Mexico”
  3. Ana Velitchkova, Sociology, Assistant Professor : “Linking Theoretical and Empirical Work on Migration”
  4. Yasmin McLaurin, Sociology, MA Candidate: “Examining Education Through a Community Resilience Lens”

Panel 2. 11:00a-12:00p

  1. Mikaëla M. Adams, History, Associate Professor: Influenza in Indian Country: Indigenous Sickness and Federal Responsibility during the 1918-1920 Pandemic
  2. Riley Freeman, Anthropology, MA Candidate: “Excavating Ethnohistory: Archaeological Signatures of Ceremony in the Southeast”
  3. Jeff Jackson, Sociology, Chair and Professor: “UM Slavery Research Group:  Reckoning with African American History and Achievement at UM, 1848 to the Present”
  4. Latrice Johnson, English, MA Candidate: “#BlackInTheIvory: On Being Black in Higher Education”

Film Screening & Lunch 12:00p-1:00p 

Zaire Love, Southern Foodways Alliance, Pihakis Filmmaker: Road to Step 

Panel 3. 1:00p-2:00p

  1. Elijah Mudryk, Psychology, PhD Candidate: “Expanding Circles: How Community and National Identity Bolster Tolerance Among Tanzanian Youth”
  2. Lillian Slaughter, Southern Studies, MA Candidate: “This Is Home: Stories of H2A Placemaking in the US & Mexico”
  3. Maximilian Conrad, Anthropology/Southern Studies, MA Candidate: “Representing Rebels: The Semiotics of Confederate Heritage in Online Spaces”
  4. James M. Thomas, Sociology, Associate Professor; Angela Rankin, Sociology, MA Candidate; Madeline Burdine, Integrated Marketing Communication, MS Candidate:“Whiteness in Crisis”

Co-Sponsors: The Study of Race and Racism Exploration Group, Department of History, Center for the Study of Southern Culture, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs,  Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, the Graduate School, College of Liberal Arts