Holtzclaw Institute @ Hinds-Utica

A Humanities Initative at Hinds Community College, Utica.



Melancon to Deliver Holtzclaw Lecture

We hope you can join us for the next talk in our Holtzclaw Lecture Series. Dr. Kristi Melancon, professor of English at Mississippi College, will be speaking with us about her work on race, gender and the Black Press on Thursday, October 18th as part of Homecoming Week festivities on campus. Dr. Melancon’s work examines representations of identity in the New Orleans Tribune, the nation’s first Black daily newspaper.


Utica Roots to Investigate Genealogy

In our NEH-funded Introduction to Humanities course, we had some fascinating conversations about genealogy, and the challenges in tracing African American family histories prior to the 19th century due to the legacy of slavery.  I’m reminded of a comment Henry Louis Gates made during one episode of Finding Your Roots, where he discussed how his white friends were able to track their descendants back to the Mayflower, or back to Europe, but that his family couldn’t do that. Building on his idea that “knowing one’s ancestry untaps powerful forces for healing the deep wounds of racism in America,” Jean Greene and I (Dan Fuller) have decided to launch a genealogy workshop on campus this semester. We’re envisioning a series of hands-on workshops to help students and interested community members tap into their family histories and then extend their research using census records, military service records, and other archival collections. We are planning to hold two or three sessions with Jean and I leading the group to build their trees with as much information as they can gather (the low-hanging fruit, to play with the metaphor a bit more) and then we’ll bring in an expert on African American genealogy in a later session to help the participants push through any roadblocks they may have encountered. Our first introductory session will be held during Founder’s Week on Thursday, March 22nd at 1:30pm in the future Utica Institute Museum.

Celebrating the Legacy of the Black Press

One of the goals of our Introduction to the Humanities class is to provide students with a wide range of experiences related to our field. We were thrilled that Jackson State hosted a fantastic panel this week and we were able to take some of our students. Twelve students, along with Holtzclaw grant participants Jean Greene, Sharon Melton, and Kristi Melancon from MC attended the session.

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Jones to Deliver Next Holtzclaw Lecture

A decorated author and historian on race and class issues in U.S. history will address the next installment of the Holtzclaw Lecture Series, sponsored in part by the Humanities Department at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus.

Jacqueline Jones, chair of the History and Ideas Department at the University of Texas, will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Gore Art Gallery at Mississippi College on a chapter of her 2013 book, “A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama’s America.” The chapter is dedicated to William H. Holtzclaw, who founded the Utica Normal and Industrial Institute in 1903 that is now the Utica Campus. The lecture itself is titled “A Dangerous Thing: Black Schooling in William Holtzclaw’s Mississippi.”

Jones will be signing copies of the book at 6:30 p.m., before the lecture.

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Holtzclaw Lecture Series

As part of a recently announced National Endowment for the Humanities grant, “The Black Man’s Burden: William H. Holtzclaw and the Mississippi HBCU Connection,” the Humanities Department at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus, the Mississippi Humanities Council and the Margaret Walker Center, will co-sponsor a series of public talks in the Holtzclaw Lecture Series.

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