‘Everybody Loves Lincoln’ Virtual Event Discusses Activism, Authority

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi community members are invited to join fellow students, faculty and staff from other universities around the state for a virtual event discussing activism and authority across the country.

The event, titled “Everybody Loves Lincoln,” will use humor to set the tone for a debate and conversation around several topics. The event is part of a multi-institutional partnership among representatives from UM, Mississippi State University and Delta State University, along with the #ListenFirst Project. The virtual event is free and open to the public.

Rising Hollywood comedian Tehran Von Ghasri will begin the evening with a monologue, followed by an interactive panel discussion featuring guests from across the political spectrum:

  • Jeff McCutchen, chief of police at the Oxford Police Department
  • Sykina Butts, senior English major at Delta State University and member of the Social Justice Club and a Democracy in Action Fellow for MSVotes, a nonpartisan voter registration and voter equity organization
  • Lauren Moses, Ole Miss senior economics and political science major and former chair for Young Americans for Freedom, co-president and founder of Rebels for Life and an opinion columnist for The Daily Mississippian
  • David May, professor and social science research fellow in the Department of Sociology at Mississippi State University who has written extensively on his research interests of fear of crime, school safety, corrections, military sociology, cybercrime and human-robot interaction

After the panel, participants will have an opportunity to apply some of the lessons learned in their own meaningful dialogue across opinions.

The registration-only event is set for 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 20) on Zoom. To register for the event, visit the Everybody Loves Lincoln event page. Participation is limited to the first 300 registrants.