History Is Lunch: Taylor, Foster, and Platt, “Mississippi College during the Civil War”

Two Mississippi Museums | 222 North Street, Jackson, Mississippi, 39201

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Join the Mississippi Department of Archives & History on site at the Two Mississippi Museums at noon on Wednesday, February 16, for History Is Lunch (or watch the livestream on Facebook) when David E. Taylor, Holly A. Foster, and R. Eric Platt will present “Mississippi College during the Civil War.”
The three are co-authors of the chapter “Mississippi College and the Mississippi College Rifles: A Campus at War and Death on the Battlefield” in the new University Press of Mississippi book Persistence through Peril: Episodes of College Life and Academic Endurance in the Civil War South. In 1861, the Civil War drew military enlistees from across the South—among them a bevy of college students. Owing to mass enlistment and war-time hardships, most southern colleges and universities closed. However, a handful remained open. One such institution was Mississippi College. The academy, founded in 1826, played host to regional students, liberal arts curricula, and, when war broke out, the Mississippi College Rifles—a student military company meant to support the secessionist cause. Though Mississippi College faculty and administrators kept the institution open, students like Silas Talbert White left to fight.
David E. Taylor is an assistant professor of psychology at Northshore Technical Community College. He earned his PhD in higher education administration from the University of Southern Mississippi and studied at the Oxford Baptist Institute.
Holly A. Foster is an assistant professor of higher education in the school of education at the University of Southern Mississippi. She earned her BA and MA in English from George Mason University, an MA in history from Arizona State University, and an MEd in student affairs in higher education and PhD in higher education from the University of Virginia.
R. Eric Platt is an associate professor of higher and adult education at the University of Memphis. He earned his BS in psychology and MEd from the University of Southern Mississippi and his PhD in educational leadership and research/higher education administration from Louisiana State University. Platt is the author of Sacrifice and Survival: Identity, Mission, and Jesuit Higher Education in the American South and Educating the Sons of Sugar: Jefferson College and the Creole Planter Class of South Louisiana.
History Is Lunch is sponsored by the John and Lucy Shackelford Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation for Mississippi. The weekly lecture series of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History explores different aspects of the state’s past. The hour-long programs are held in the Craig H. Neilsen Auditorium of the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum building at 222 North Street in Jackson. Signed copies of the book will be for sale.
MDAH livestreams videos of the program at noon on Wednesdays on their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/MDAHOfficial/. The videos are posted on the department’s YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/MDAHVideo.
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