JACKSON—The Mississippi Humanities Council is partnering with public libraries throughout the state to bring a new speaker series to the Tupelo, Indianola, Brookhaven, and Pascagoula communities. The First Tuesdays speaker series will take place on the first Tuesday evening of the month from September-December and will provide each of these public libraries with monthly programs from the Mississippi Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau. All programs will be free and open to the public.


“From Richard Grant’s Dispatches From Pluto to Malcolm White’s talk on the history of tamales in Mississippi, our Speakers Bureau has so much to offer, and we’re excited to bring these programs to communities that want to hear them,” said Caroline Gillespie, program officer with the Mississippi Humanities Council.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with these four public libraries for the First Tuesdays series. It gives us the opportunity to work with new partners and to tailor a program to fit the interests of these communities,” said Mississippi Humanities Council Director Stuart Rockoff.

The Mississippi Humanities Council’s popular Speakers Bureau features nearly 200 pre-approved talks and lectures from more than 90 humanities scholars and cultural experts throughout the state. Topics available include history, ethnic heritage and cultural studies, music and theater, southern literature, philosophy, and political science. Any nonprofit group in Mississippi may apply to bring a speaker to their community, with all fees paid by the Mississippi Humanities Council.

The Mississippi Humanities Council is a private nonprofit corporation funded by Congress through the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide public programs in traditional liberal arts disciplines to serve nonprofit groups in Mississippi. The Mississippi Humanities Council sponsors, supports, and conducts a wide range of programs designed to promote understanding of our cultural heritage, interpret our own experience, foster critical thinking, encourage reasonable public discourse, strengthen our sense of community, and thus empower Mississippi’s people with a vision for the future.

For more information on the First Tuesdays speaker series, contact Caroline Gillespie at 601-432-6752.

Posted on September 01 2016