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Holly Lange: We Don’t Do That Here

The Mississippi Book Festival is a celebration of our state’s greatest contributions to the world of ideas. A small group of people conceived and executed...
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Christina Dent: End the War on Drugs for Good

In this heartfelt and thoughtful talk, Christina shares her ideas about the destructive impact of the war on drugs and the mounting evidence that the...
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Ralph Eubanks: The Power of Narrative

Ralph Eubanks has studied Mississippi history over a long and distinguished academic and professional career. His talk focuses on the power and significance of documentary...
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Nashlie Sephus: The Why and How of Diversity in Tech

Equitable opportunity is a fundamental building block for a thriving economy. Dr. Sephus is a rising star in the world of artificial intelligence software development...
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Aisha Nyandoro: Society Flourishes When We Invest in Our Most Vulnerable

The political debate around government programs aimed at alleviating poverty is so noisy, and it can be difficult to avoid stereotypes and remember the universal...
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Robert Blaine: The Dignity Economy

The Chief Administrative Officer of the City of Jackson shares his idea for developing a dignity economy, in which policies focused on inclusion could drive...
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Robert Hester: The Most Complete Computer Simulation of Human Physiology

A computer simulation of human physiology has already been used to improve the way new drugs and treatment protocols are developed and tested, the way...
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Joel Bomgar: Mississippi Myths

Joel Bomgar takes a closer look at readily available data to disprove commonly held misconceptions about our state. His idea is that understanding the truth...
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Alex Bostic: Educating Artists

Alex Bostic is a working artist and professor who experienced first-hand the importance of different kinds of support to his own development. He shares ideas...
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Adam Collier: Your Passion Will Always Make Room for You

In this heartfelt performance and talk, local favorite musician, AJC, takes the audience on a personal journey through highlights of his career, including composition of...
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