Dr. Cora Norman, founding director of the Mississippi Humanities Council, will deliver the lecture named in her honor, The Cora Norman Lecture, on the campus of the University of Mississippi, Thursday, October 25, 2012.

Dr. Norman’s lecture will highlight one of several celebrations the Council is hosting across the state during its 40th anniversary year.

The Mississippi Humanities Council was founded in 1972 at the University of Mississippi. Norman led the Council for 24 years, from 1972 to 1994. William Winter, governor of Mississippi from 1980 to 1984, has called Norman “an astute witness to Mississippi’s racial and cultural transition” and “a significant force in that transition.”

Norman recently penned a study of Mississippi in the 1960s and 1970s through the lens of the Mississippi Humanities Council. The text, Mississippi in Transition: The Role of the Mississippi Humanities Council, recounts how the Council played a significant role in the growing opposition against segregation practices in Mississippi.

More details about Norman’s October 25 lecture at the University of Mississippi will be posted as they become available.

Posted on August 29 2012