Upcoming Events

The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO, The Institute for Social Justice and Race Relations, The Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages, and The Department of History and Philosophy present: Fences: African Americans in Major League Baseball featuring Curtis Granderson at COFO (1017 JR Lynch St.) at 6pm Thursday, Feb. 9.

Before Jackie Robinson integrated baseball in 1947, African-Americans had no choice but to play in the Negro Leagues. Because of this integration, one would think that African-Americans would naturally gravitate to baseball. That has not been the case. As of now, the percentage of African-Americans playing baseball is just below eight percent. The numbers did rise during the 1970s and 1980s. Since that time, the numbers have been on a steady decline. Curtis Granderson, outfielder for the New York Mets and poet laureate C. Liegh McInnis, will discuss this trend and other issues related to African American baseball players. 

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The History Department at Mississippi State University invites undergraduate scholars to submit papers for the ninth annual Symposium for History Undergraduate Research (SHUR). The symposium, "Looking Back to the Future: Examining the Anomalies of the Past," will provide students with the opportunity to present their research in the format of an academic history conference and have their work discussed by Mississippi State history professors. The event is scheduled for April 28-29, 2017, on the Mississippi State University campus in Starkville.

Papers are welcome on any historical topic, but especially those that reflect the Mississippi State University History Department’s strengths in the history of science and technology; agricultural, rural, and environmental history; military and diplomatic history; the Civil War; gender history; African American history and civil rights; and the American South.

The paper should be based on original research in primary sources. Interested should submit a proposal or abstract of not more than 400 words to Dr. Andrew Lang and Dr. Muey Saeteurn at SHUR@lists.msstate.edu by March 1, 2017. Students whose papers have been accepted will be notified by March 15, 2017. The History Department will offset the costs of one night’s lodging for presenters and provide a BBQ banquet dinner on the Symposium’s opening night.

SHUR is on Facebook at facebook.com/MSStateSHUR

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Professor Barron Banks of the Department of History and Philosophy and Ms. Angela Stewart will moderate a panel of several local politicians.

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The Margaret Walker Center invites proposals for papers, presentations, and panels for the 11thAnnual Creative Arts Festival to be submitted by Friday, March 10, 2017.  While the theme of the conference is “Callaloo: 40 Years of Publishing the African Diaspora,” the organizers welcome proposals from high school, undergraduate, and graduate students on any topic.

Proposal submissions should be 250-500 words and should fit in one of four categories:

  1. Poetry/Spoken Word (10-15-minute presentations in original storytelling or poetry, including brief comments about inspiration &/or form of the work)
  2. Visual Arts (up to 3 pieces of artwork in any media with 10-minute presentations)
  3. Written (10-page essays with 20-minute presentations)
  4. Performing Arts (10-minute dance, musical, and theatrical presentations)

In the case of panel proposals, please submit the names of the participants and the moderator and a brief synopsis of the panel’s topic and of the individual paper proposals.


To submit a proposal, please send a document in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF to mwa@jsums.edu.

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Oct. 3: Senior History Exit Exam

September 21st, 2016 by history


If you are planning to graduate, you will need to take the History Exit Exam.  It will be offered October 3, 2016 in the History Department Conference Room (Lib 357).  Bring pens and paper.  Contact Dr. Valerie Purry, 601.979.2191 for more information.

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Phi Alpha Theta invites graduate and undergraduate students to submit a paper proposal for the

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 Phi Alpha Theta Mississippi Regional Conference,

in the  Mississippi Historical Society Meeting on March 2-4, 2016 

in Gulfport, Mississippi

Papers on any historical topic are welcome.

Please submit a 250-word paper proposal with contact information (university affiliation, whether you’re a graduate or undergraduate student, e-mail, and phone number) to Dr. Christian Pinnen, Department of History and Political Science, Mississippi College, (Pinnen@mc.edu) no later than October 30th, 2016.

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