Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

The mission of the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics is to create better understanding of the media, politicians and the role of the First Amendment in our democracy. The center is funded through a $5 million grant from the Freedom Forum, a foundation dedicated to educating people about the importance of a free press and the First Amendment.

The Overby Center features programs, multimedia displays and writings that examine the complex relationships between the media and politicians — past, present and future — paying special attention to Southern perspectives.

Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services.



Overcoming a segregationist past, William Alsup, Danny Cupit, Thelton Henderson, and Charles Overby

Fannie Lou Hamer's America Project, Pablo Correa

The Importance of Independent Judges, Jim Duff and Charles Overby

The Father of Black History, Burnis R. Morris and Alysia Burton Steele

Insight into Mississippi's Election Year, Emily Wagster Pettus, Adam Ganucheau, Charles Overby, and Curtis Wilkie

Are Centrist Politics Doomed?, Stuart Stevens, David Baria, Charles Overby, and Curtis Wilkie

The Truth About Fake News, Margaret Sullivan, Charles Overby, and Greg Brock

Wright Thompson: The Willie Morris Lecture Series, Wright Thompson


In the Dark, Madeline Baran, Samara Freemark, and Charles Overby

Reading the Returns, Austin Barbour, Brandon Jones, Charles Overby, and Curtis Wilkie

Showtime in American Politics, Peter Boyer and Curtis Wilkie

Why Debates Are Vital, Janet Brown, Charles Overby, and Curtis Wilkie

Mississippi's Injustices Exposed, Tucker Carrington, Cynthia Joyce, and Curtis Wilkie

A Conversation About Race, Gene Dattel and Otis Sanford

Jeff Goldman: Covering the White House, Jeff Scott Goldman and Jason Sollinger

Jesse Holland, Jesse Holland, Will Norton, and Jeffrey S. Vitter

Integrating God's House, Dalton Lyon, Warren Black, and Charles Overby

Delta Epihany, Ellen Meacham and Bill Rose

Clyde Kennard Q&A, Jerry Mitchell; Alysia Burton Steele; and Bobby Steele, Jr.

Bill Rose Tells All, Bill Rose and Charles Overby

Deep South Dispatch, Anne Farris Rosen, Charles Dunagin, and Curtis Wilkie

Chuck Swirsky: how do you become a sports caster?, Chuck Swirsky

Fred Young, Fred Young and Hank Price


Mississippians Say the Strangest Things, David Crews and Charles Overby

Textbook Brouhaha, Charles W. Eagles and K. B. Melear

Crime and Punishment in Black America, James Forman Jr., Tucker Carrington, and Curtis Wilkie

How the Internet Broke Democracy, Sue Gardner and Robert Cummings

Peter Hamby, Snapchat News Director, Peter Hamby and Charlie Mitchell

Does Anyone Give a Damn About Education?, Jay Hughes and Bracey Harris

Jon Meacham, Jon Meacham, Andrew Lack, and Charles Overby

A Preview of New State Museums, Rachel Myers, Pamela Junior, and Charles Overby

The South's Role in JFK's Election, Tom Oliphant and Curtis Wilkie

Time for a Change, Charles Overby, William "Brother" Rogers, and Marvin King

Free State of Jones, Charles Pickering, Wyatt Moulds, and Charles Overby

The Assault on the Media, Bill Rose, Ronnie Agnew, Jerry Mitchell, and Marshall Ramsey

We Believed We Were Immortal, Douglass Sullivan-Gonzalez, Kathleen Wickham, Don Cole, and Curtis Wilkie


Can Journalists Come Home Again?, Fred Anklam and Dennis Moore

Courageous Editors, Hodding Carter, II; Ira Harkey; Hazel Brannon Smith; and Curtis Wilkie

Jack Ford, Jack Ford and Charles Overby

Slaves in the White House, Jesse Holland and Curtis Wilkie

Oxford's Literary Tradition, Richard Howorth, Neil White, Beth Ann Fennelly, and Curtis Wilkie

What Now?, Charles Overby, Curtis Wilkie, and Marvin King

The Value of the First Amendment, Geoffrey Stone, Charles Overby, and Charles Overby


America's Great Storm, Haley Barbour and Charlie Mitchell

Dueling Propositions, Michael Bentley, Greg Snowden, and Bill Rose

Mississippi's Struggle Over Education, Cecil Brown, Gray Tollison, and Andy Mullins

Tackling the Mississippi Prison Problem, Marshall Fisher, Andy Taggart, Lydia Chassaniol, and Eric Lambert

Aaron Henry: Inside Agitator, Aaron Henry

The New Terrorism, Van Hipp and Scott Coopwood

Covering Katrina, Cynthia Joyce, Alyssia Burton Steele, Joe York, and Nancy DuPont

RIOT, Edwin E. (Edwin Earnest) Meek (1940-), Curtis Wilkie, and William Winter

The Long Hot Political Summer: Analyzing the 2015 Elections, Geoff Pender, Hayes Dent, and Grant Sowell

Drawing Sharp Comment: Marshall Ramsey, Marshall Ramsey and Curtis Wilkie

Land of Broken Promises, Bill Rose and Charles Overby

The Last Season, Stuart Stevens, Curtis Wilike, and Charles Overby

From Mississippi to Ethiopia, Pat Thompson

Candidates Night, Curtis Wilkie, Chip Mills, Trent Kelly, Nancy Adams Collins, Quentin Whitwell, Jonathan Dickerson, Walter Howard Zinn Jr., Greg Pirkle, Mike Tagert, Ed Holliday, Henry Ross, Austin Chambers, Sam Adcock, and Daniel Sparks

Senator James Eastland discussion, Maarten Zwiers and Jim Abbott


Challenging the Big City Daily, Joe Atkins and Donna Ladd

On to Omaha and Beyond: 2014 Ole Miss Baseball, Mike Bianco, Keith Kessinger, and Curtis Wilkie

Girls can be sports journalists too, Rick Cleveland, Courtney Cronin, Donica Phifer, and Melissa Meador

The SEC Network Panel, Justin Connolly, Stephanie Druley, Charlie Hussey, and Kaylee Hartung

Freedom Summer Panel Discussion, Roy DeBerry, Susan Glisson, Charles Ross, and Curtis Wilke

The Sanctity of the Vote: Voting Rights Act of 1965, Delbert Hosemann, Leslie McLemore, Jim Herring, and Marvin King

Diversity in Sports, Jamil Northcutt, Samuel G. Freedman, Charles Ross, RoSusan Bartee, and James M. Thomas

Remembering Larry Speakes, Charles Overby, Ed Meek, Curtis Wilkie, and Scott Coopwood

Southwest Airlines PR, Linda Rutherford

Jewels in the Delta, Alysia Burton Steele, Lela J. Bearden, and Herma S. Mims Floyd

What we can learn from the Snowden/NSA files, Douglas Sullivan-Gonzales, Matthew Hall, Mike German, and Joe Atkins

Assassins, Eccentrics, Politicians, and Other Persons of Interest, Curtis Wilkie and Charles Overby

Remembering 1962 Ole Miss, Kenneth Wooten and John Seigenthaler


Game Changers, Ross Bjork, Renie Anderson, Mike Glenn, and Charlie Hussey

The Charter School Fight, Hob Bryan, Rachel Canter, and Bill Rose

How to Get a Job in Local Television and Radio, Nancy McKenzie Dupont, Debora Wenger, Bradley E. Schulz, and Charlie Mitchell

Crime and Punishment, John Hailman and Charles Overby

Is Print Dead: Debate, Samir A. Husni and Darren A. Sanefski

Energy and Economic Development, Bill Johnson, David Copenhaver, David Rumbarger, and Josh R. Gladden

Khayat in Conversation, Robert C. Khayat, Curtis Wilkie, and Charles Overby

Lunch at Woolworth, Ed King, Michael O'Brien, Loki Mullholland, and Joan Trumpauer Mullholland

Yazoo Revisited with filmmaker David Rae Morris, David Rae Morris, Charles Ross, and David Sansing

50 years later, reflections on JFK, Charles Overby, Tom Oliphant, Susan Spencer, and Curtis Wilkie

Land of Plenty, Bill Rose

The Flood of the Century, Bill Rose

Stuart Stevens: No Retreat, No Surrender, Stuart Stevens, Charles Overby, and Curtis Wilkie

Remembering Medgar Evers, Myrlie Evers Williams, Leslie McLemore, Jerry Mitchell, and Curtis Wilkie


Public Relations Power, Harold Burson, Leslie Westbrook, Mickey Brazeal, and Robin Street

Minority Women in the Media, Imani Cheers, Deirdre Cooper Owens, Kirk Johnson, and Mark K. Dolan

Remembering Bill Raspberry, Milton Coleman, Ivy Lovelady, and Patricia Thompson

What Did We Learn: The Lessons from 1962, Charles W. Eagles

Richard Starmann, Scott Fiene and Richard Starmann

What is History Losing, Jennifer Ford, Jay Watson, John Neff, and Suzanne Marrs

The Perfect Season, Glynn Griffing, Louis Guy, Chuck Morris, and Sam Owen

Endangered Species, Richard Howorth, John Evans, Emily Gatlin, and Jamie Kornegay

A Force in their Community, Bill Jacobs, Luke Lampton, Jim Prince, and Deb Wenger

Faith in America, Terry Mattingly

RFK in the Delta, Revisited 2012, Ellen Meacham, Marian Wright Edelman, Owen Brooks, James Figgs, George Lapides, and Nick Kotz

Working in the Minority, Bobby Moak, Bryant Clark, Brandon Presley, and Charlie Mitchell

Election Wrap Up, Charles Overby, Curtis Wilkie, Will Feltus, Alan Huffman, and Michael Rejebian

Present at the Creation, Clarke Reed, Wirt Yerger, Mike Retzer, and Ebbie Spivey

The Lobbyists, Bill Rose, John Hall, Lee Sanders, and Joel Wood