Photo of a brown bag with writing that reads "Brown Bag Lunch Talks"Looking forward to giving a Brown Bag Lecture at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture in Oxford. I’ll be talking about Uniting Mississippi, a work of philosophy relevant to folks interested in history, southern studies, education, political science, economics, and policy. I hope to see you there.

Date: February 3, 2016
Time: 12:00-12:50 p.m.
Event: Brown Bag Lecture on 'Uniting Mississippi'
Topic: Brown Bag Lunch 'Uniting Mississippi'
Sponsor: Center for the Study of Southern Culture
662.915.5993
Venue: Tupelo Room
662.915.5993
Location: Barnard Observatory
University, MS 38677
USA
Public: Public

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Photo of the West Biloxi Public Library.After an interview on WLOX TV in Biloxi, MS, which will air on the 4pm news program, I’ll head to the West Biloxi Public Library for a book talk and signing event.

Logo of Bay Books of Bay Saint Louis, MS.I’m very happy to say that Bay Books of Bay St. Louis, MS, will be there to manage book sales for the signing. Please spread the word and, if you’re near by, come talk about Mississippi’s future.

Date: December 7, 2015
Time: 05:00-06:00 p.m.
Event: 'Uniting Mississippi' Book Signing
Topic: Uniting Mississippi
Sponsor: Bay Books
228.463.2688
Venue: West Biloxi Public Library
228.436.3095
Location: 2047 Pass Road
Biloxi, MS 39531-3125
USA
Public: Public

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Video of my Interview on WLOV of Tupelo

Screenshot of the interview I gave for WLOV's This Morning show with Katrina Berry.

As promised,  I’m posting here below my interview on WLOV of Tupelo’s This Morning show with Katrina Berry. Also, below that is a photo of the nice layout that Reed’s Gumtree Bookstore setup for the book signing later that day.

Katrina was a lovely person who was kind and encouraging. As I said, she drove home the fact that on WLOV they like to support local authors.  It was a great experience, and also featured the fastest turnaround I’ve experienced for getting a video of the broadcast. All around, great trip.

Oh, and here’s Reed’s Gumtree Bookstore’s nice setup before the book signing. Very nice people there too. They’ve got signed books from John Grisham, George Will, and many more. Great people.

Nice table and display layout for my book signing at Reed's Gumtree Bookstore in Tupelo, MS.

If you know of TV or radio stations that would be interested in an interview about Uniting Mississippi, or groups looking for a speaker, contact me on Twitter, Facebook, or via my info on my Contact page.

Had a Great Visit with Katrina Berry on WLOV Tupelo

Photo of terrible rain in between Oxford and Tupelo, MS.Despite the torrential rain this morning, I made it on time to meet with Katrina Berry of WLOV Tupelo’s This Morning show.

Berry is an impressive, award-winning journalist and TV anchor. Her award was from the Associated Press for her weekly series, Heavenly Helpers. When I first got a chance to talk with her, she explained that they aim to support local authors on the show, which was great.

It can seem strange to most scholars to put a lot of effort into securing and participating in a 3 minute interview, which is what it came out to be. Consider how much advertisers spend on 30 seconds or 1 minute of television, however, and all of a sudden, you can appreciate better what 3 minutes of air-time means, in financial terms. One source estimates that even on a local show, ads can cost from as little as $200 to as much as $1,500 for 30 seconds. So a 3 minute interview could be valued from anywhere between $1,200 and $9,000. That’s worth the drive to Tupelo, MS. Those aren’t funds that come to me, of course, but they are value that the show offers for getting the word out about Uniting Mississippi.

After a few nice questions about the book, Berry asked me about the book signing that I’ll be holding from 12-1:30 pm today at Reed’s Gumtree Bookstore, here in Tupelo. Here are a few photos I snagged of my visit to WLOV. When I get a clip of the video of the interview, I’ll post it to my site also. It was a great experience.

Know a TV station that might be interested in hearing about Uniting Mississippi? Let me know on Twitter or on Facebook

Logo for Reed's GumTree Bookstore of Tupelo, MS.On Wednesday, November 18th, I’ll be heading to Reed’s Gum Tree Bookstore in Tupelo, MS, for a book signing for Uniting Mississippi: Democracy and Leadership in the South, from noon until 1:30 pm.

Earlier that morning, I’ll be giving an interview on WLOV’s This Morning show in Tupelo, MS. If you’re in Tupelo that day, the signing will be at lunch time, so come on by!

Date: November 18, 2015
Time: 12:00-01:30 p.m.
Event: Uniting Mississippi Book Signing at Reed's Gumtree Bookstore
Topic: Uniting Mississippi Book Signing
Venue: Reed's GumTree Bookstore
(662) 842-6453
Location: 111 S Spring St.
Tupelo, MS 38804
USA
Public: Public

Learn more about the book here. Please share this announcement with them and spread the word!

Logo for WLOX.

Excited that I’ll be interviewed on WLOX Biloxi’s News at 4 program to talk about Uniting Mississippi. With my publisher’s help, we’ve set up a book signing that day at the West Biloxi Public Library.

Date: December 7, 2015
Time: 04:00 p.m.
Appearance: Interview for the News at 4 show on Uniting Mississippi
Outlet: WLOX, Biloxi, MS, Channel 3
Location: Biloxi, MS
Format: Television

I'll be talking about Uniting Mississippi, which you can learn more about here.

Logo for WLOV Tupelo.Katrina Berry of WTVA has kindly invited me for an interview on WLOV Tupelo’s This Morning, to talk about Uniting Mississippi.

Date: November 18, 2015
Time: 07:45-08:00 a.m.
Appearance: Interview on Uniting Mississippi with WLOV’s This Morning
Outlet: WLOV, Tupelo, MS, Channel 27
Location: Tupelo, MS
Format: Television

I'll be talking about Uniting Mississippi, which you can learn more about here.

‘View from Ventress’ – Nice Announcements

View From Ventress, 2015It’s hard for a big institution to show appreciation for all the people who deserve it. Given that, I feel fortunate. The College of Liberal Arts has issued its 2015 ‘View from Ventress’ publication, in which it announced awards over the last year. This past year was an exciting one, as in February, the MS Humanities Council issued me their Public Humanities Scholar award and in September my book came out, Uniting Mississippi.

The college noted both in a very nice piece they put together in this yearly fall publication. If you click here or on the image on right, you can open a PDF of the page with the announcement.

Otherwise, you can open the whole ‘View from Ventress’ file online, opened to that page here. I think the college was very kind with this announcement. On top of that, I think they did a lovely job making the announcement, connecting with the substance of my work. That took care and sincere interest. I feel fortunate and motivated to pass along to others appreciation for what they do, given that it’s nice when folks make that effort.

“Leadership Theory Subject of Program”

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 13, 2015

Logo of the online source for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.The Clinton School for Public Service at the University of Arkansas Little Rock does a nice job of getting the word out about their speakers series. Here’s an announcement in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette about my upcoming talk on Uniting Mississippi, which will be on October 19th at noon in Sturgis Hall.

The announcement has details about the where and when, and an email address plus phone number for anyone who’d like to reserve seats.

Cartoon of a cartoonist at his drawing desk, with Death in a black hooded robe and with his scythe at the door yelling "Deadline!"

I had two deadlines Friday. Made one of them. The grant application is out. I’m so lucky that the other deadline was more flexible. BUT, today’s the deadly deadline… This guy at his desk is me today. MUST get this done. Final edits are due on my latest journal article. The piece is important for my book, A Culture of Justice. It’s first coming out in a journal. Helpful feedback is the best part of journal publishing, not that reviewers are ever encouraging. The important part is that they’re often right about some ways in which I could improve my work.

I’m grateful to artist Oliver Ottitsch (OliverOttitsch.com) for permission to post his artwork, “Deadline” (February 22, 2013), which he kindly granted me. I ordered one of his books today, most of which are in German, though one is in French and one’s in English. The cartoon above is online here.

Oliver’s piece inspires me today, including now, as I do something fun for a few minutes before (instead of) finishing my edits! Back to work!