Finding Mississippi in the National Narrative: Struggle, Institution Building, and Power at the Local Level

Dear Colleague: 

We invite you to apply to our 2014 Institute for College and University Teachers, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Hamer Institute. This program, Finding Mississippi in the National Narrative: Struggle, Institution Building, and Power at the Local Level, will be held during the weeks of June 8 - June 28, 2014, in Jackson, Mississippi. Our summer institute seeks a marriage of the different narratives of the Civil Rights Movement by bringing the Mississippi and the national stories together. Specifically, we will explore in great depth the struggle for freedom in Mississippi while comparing it to significant events in other parts of the American South, allowing us to address the power of the older national narrative and the newer one based on community struggle.  By the end of the institute, which coincides with the weeklong celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer, we will have placed the local within the national narrative, providing new analytical tools for understanding the transformative impact of the Civil Rights Movement. At the close of the program, you are welcome to stay and join us at the Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference in Jackson. We will ensure anyone who wants to stay to attend will have a seat at the table.

The application deadline is March 4, 2014. Please refer to the links on the left side of this website for complete details. 

Let us know if you have any questions, we look forward to seeing you,

Michelle D. Deardorff, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Head
Political Science, Public Administration, and Nonprofit Management
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
615 McCallie Avenue, #6356
Chattanooga, TN 37403

Rico D. Chapman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of History and Philosophy
Academic Director
The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO
Jackson State University
1017 John Roy Lynch Street, JSU Box 17081
Jackson, MS 39217