Arts and Lecture Series

Upcoming Programs

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Faulkner—His Past Is Never Dead. It’s Not Even Past

Anita Modak-Truran and Paul Summers

William Faulkner

William Faulkner, one of America's greatest novelists, lived a life scarcely depicted on screen. While tales of Yoknapatawpha County and Jefferson resonate with many people, less familiar is the creator of these worlds. Many do not know about the details of Faulkner the man, like the jobs he worked to support his family, the tragedies of his personal life, and his brief stint in the Canadian military. Anita Modak-Truran, executive producer of the first official Faulkner documentary, and Paul Summers, Faulkner's oldest grandson, will share with you the legacy of William Faulkner and his continued relevance in our society. Faulkner's work resonates even more strongly in the current political and social environment than ever before.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Shining a Light on Mississippi through S.T.E.A.M.

Anik Kurkjian and MSLIGHT Collaborative

Anik Kurkjian

Anik Kurkjian, an adopted Mississippian originally from the UK, spearheaded the February 2017 Mississippi LIGHT Festival, the first of its kind in the United States. The festival attracted more than 5,000 people to its one-night extravaganza of local innovation and creativity. Anik and some of the collaborative will introduce their world of light and open up the world that lies behind the lights: S.T.E.A.M. (Science Technology Engineering Art Math.) Bring your creative minds!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mississippi Poets!

Beth Ann Fennelly and James Kimbrell

Beth Ann Fennelly

Beth Ann Fennelly, the poet laureate for the State of Mississippi and professor of English and director of the MFA program at the University of Mississippi, and James Kimbrell, a Mississippi native and Millsaps graduate and now a professor of English on the faculty at Florida State University, will read from their works and discuss the world of poetry today.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Mississippi Fiddle Tunes—1920s to Present

Harry Bolick, Jack Magee, Shelley High Gendusa, and Robert Gray

Jack Magee and Shelley Gendusa

The unique Mississippi repertoire of fiddle music, shaped and created beginning in the early 1800s and documented in the 1920s and 1930s, had diminished almost to extinction by the 1970s when it began to be revived. Fiddler and author Harry Bolick will discuss and demonstrate this unique fiddling style from the earliest roots to how it is played today by current practitioners like Dr. Jack Magee and Shelley High Gendusa. Mississippi fiddle music is celebrated at Robert Gray’s Great Big Yam Potatoes Old Time Music Gathering at Historic Jefferson College.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Mississippi Mavericks—Innovative Musicians of Mississippi—in Commemoration of the New MS Museum of History

James Martin and Friends

James Martin

This program will be a concert celebrating the lives and work of some of Mississippi’s musical innovators including Howard Johnson (Blues musician), Milton Babbitt (American Modernist), Lehman Engel (Broadway composer/producer), William Grant Still (Dean of the African-American composers), and others.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Mississippi: the River, the People, the State

Jim Giesen, James Barnett, and John Ruskey

Jim Giesen

The mighty Mississippi River and the many ways it has affected the state of Mississippi and its people will be featured in this program. History professor Dr. Jim Giesen of Mississippi State University will moderate the program and discuss the history and cultural relevance of the Mississippi River to our state. Archivist and writer Jim Barnett will discuss how the river itself and its path have affected the state. He will discuss his recent book, Beyond Control: The Mississippi River’s New Channel to the Gulf of Mexico. Finally John Ruskey of Clarksdale, who is a musician, painter, writer, and owner of Quapaw Canoe Company, will talk about the influence of the river on artists, musicians, and writers and more.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi

Emily Havens, Jane Marie Dawkins, and Tricia Walker

Tricia Walker

The second GRAMMY Museum® in the world, GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi opened its doors in Cleveland, Mississippi, on March 5, 2016. It is an exciting and interactive celebration of the power of music occupying a vibrant new space in the Mississippi Delta. Cutting edge exhibits, interactive experiences, and films provide a one-of-a-kind visitor experience—engaging, educational, celebratory, and inspirational. In this special program, representatives from the museum will discuss the mission of the museum, will discuss how Cleveland became home to a GRAMMY Museum®, and will share information about their exciting education programs. A special guest will also perform and give insight into what makes Mississippi the birthplace of America’s music.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Annual Writers’ Program

Mary Miller and Kevin Wilson

Kevin Wilson

In the series’ annual writers’ program, writers Mary Miller of Jackson and Kevin Wilson of Sewanee, Tenn., will discuss their process and talk about their work.  Miller’s books include the novel The Last Days of California, which has been optioned for a film by Amazon Studios, and two collections of short stories, Big World and Always Happy Hour. Wilson, an associate professor of English at the University of the South, has written fiction including Perfect Little World and The Family Fang, and the collection Tunneling to the Center of the Earth.



Arts and Lecture Series


Part of the College's community outreach mission, the Arts and Lecture Series was created in the mid-1960s by volunteers, many of them Millsaps College alumni, to bring unique programs of music, literary, current events, history, and more to the greater community. Many of the performers and lecturers are from Mississippi or have Mississippi connections. The series is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

All programs will be in the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall at 7pm unless otherwise noted. 



Tickets for each individual program are $10. Season tickets are also available - see the rates below.

You can order tickets in these ways:

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Contact the Continuing Education office directly:

Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series
Continuing Education Office
Millsaps College
Jackson, MS 39210-0001
Phone: 601.974.1130


Season Ticket Rates

Membership categories Regular Early Bird (through Sept. 20)
Major Benefactor (4 tickets) $1000  
Benefactor (4 tickets) $700  
Patron (4 tickets) $500  
Sponsor (2 tickets) $200  
Member (1 ticket) $70 $65
Senior Citizen (age 60 or older, 1 ticket) $60 $55



Contact Us

For more information, contact the Office of Continuing Education,, 601.974.1130.