Rabbinic Scholar W. David Nelson to Discuss ‘Race, Religion and the Realities of Reading the Bible’

OXFORD, Miss. – W. David Nelson, a noted scholar of rabbinic literature and the Hebrew Bible at Groton School in Massachusetts, will discuss how the Bible has been used out of context in the past to promote racist ideologies during a Thursday (Sept. 6) public lecture at the University of Mississippi.

Nelson’s lecture, “Say Again!: Race, Religion and Realities of Reading the Bible,” is set for 5:30 p.m. in the Overby Center auditorium. The next day (Sept. 7), the scholar will participate in an informal discussion with faculty and students on how the Bible has been misused to advance racist agendas.

“Dr. Nelson’s presentation is the first in the lecture series, titled ‘Intertwining Legacies: Jews and African-Americans in the Deep South,'” said Kirk Johnson, UM associate professor of sociology and African-American studies. “The goal of the lecture series is to bring together scholars, students and community members to explore anti-Semitism, racism and the shared and divergent histories of these two groups.”Read the story …

Winter Institute Summer Youth Program Inspires High School Students to Lead Communities

OXFORD, Miss. – Twenty-eight Mississippi high school students are preparing to make a positive impact in communities across the state, thanks to an innovative leadership program sponsored by the University of Mississippi’s William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation.

Rising sophomores and juniors were chosen from a pool of 150 applicants to attend the third annual Summer Youth Institute, which began Sunday (June 10) and runs through June 24.

“For many students, it’s a life-changing two weeks,” said Elliot Long, project coordinator. “I’m looking forward to bringing together another group of students, learning about their passions and helping them make a difference in their communities.”Read the story …

Winter Institute Gets $3 Million Grant from Kellogg Foundation

OXFORD, Miss. – The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi plans to use a $3.1 million grant to spur civil equity and community engagement and continue to build communities both locally and globally.

Part of the new three-year award from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will help develop curricula and directly educate youth, groups and individuals in increasingly disparate locations. The Kellogg Foundation supports children, families, and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society.Read the story …