The Mike Espy Scholars-in-Residence Series


The Espy symposiums provide the general public and university communities with in-depth research topics, seminars on current public policy issues, or forums on executive and legislative roles and problem-solving solutions.


Each fall and spring semester, a distinguished public servant and/or scholar is invited to share thought-provoking and public issue related commentary on matters that impact policy and effective governing in our democracy.

Spring 2016 Symposium – "A Conversation with Dr. Helene D. Gayle, Closing the Gendr Gap: Unleashing Social and Economic Power"

CARE President and CEO Dr. Helene Gayle.Official portrait as of Dec 16, 2011.(Click here for video presentation)





Fall 2015 Forum – "Milestones in Democracy-thirty years of a more representative Government in the City of Jackson" (Click Here for Video)

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Picture from left to right-Dr. James Anderson, Dr. Cedric Gray, President Carolyn W. Meyers, Mayor Dales Danks, Louis Armonstrong, Dorothy Williams (sister of Doris Smith) and her son, Marcia Weaver, Dr. E C Foster, Lee Roan (son of Luther Roan), Mayor Harvey Johnson, and Mayor Tony Yarber.


Fall 2015 and Spring 2015 Forum Presentations


  Former Governor Haley Barbour
"The Need for a Two-Party Political System in MS"
April 21, 2015

 "The 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina"
February 12, 2015

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Fall 2014 Forum Presentations

"The Dangers of Polarization in American Politics"

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 Dr. Eric Clark, Executive Director of the Mississippi Community College Board and previously served for 12 years as the Mississippi Secretary of State and 16 years as a member of the Mississippi Legislature.


Spring 2014 Symposia Presentations

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The Honorable Alphonso Michael Espy (Mike Espy)

(VIDEO) "Political Dysfunction: Effects on Economic Trade and America's Standing in the World"

(VIDEO) "Reflections: 20 Years a Public Service"