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Table Talk to explore local religious history Wednesday

 

Mississippi University for Women students addressing the Table Talk audience Wednesday include, in front from left, Tiffany Latham, A.J. Walker, Ashley Cardenas and Christian Friar. On the second row are Jessica Thornhill, Ben Stephens, Megan Cannon and Dane McCulloch.

Mississippi University for Women students addressing the Table Talk audience Wednesday include, in front from left, Tiffany Latham, A.J. Walker, Ashley Cardenas and Christian Friar. On the second row are Jessica Thornhill, Ben Stephens, Megan Cannon and Dane McCulloch. Photo by: Courtesy photo

 

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The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library and Mississippi University for Women partner for the final April Table Talk presentation. MUW students, who are taking Dr. Erin Kempker's course, Religion in American History, will present their research on "New Perspectives on Local Religious History" on Wednesday, April 30, starting at noon. 

 

The students spent the semester learning about how religion influenced the American experience and have put their skills to the test by conducting research into local religious history at the Local History Department of the Columbus Lowndes Public Library and the MUW Archives. 

 

"History is not just about passive learning, although most of us really enjoy good story-telling," said Dr. Kempker. "The study of history requires that students 'do' history, which means that they conduct original research and ideally share it with the public." 

 

"We are very excited to have the opportunity to share our work," Kempker noted. "The projects reveal the diverse interests of the students, but all the projects uncover different facets of how religion influenced the local community and local history." 

 

"There's a great variety in the students' concise, focused presentations," said Friends member Jo Shumake. "We hope that everyone will take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about our past." 

 

The students' presentations cover the following topics: 

 

  • Ashley Cardenas, "Where Christianity Meets Education: A Look at MUW's Religious History"; 

     

  • Christian Friar, "The Life of a Circuit Rider: George Shaeffer and the Second Great Awakening"; 

     

  • Tiffany Latham, "Military Chapel United Methodist Church, a History"' 

     

  • Dane McCulloch, "'The Times They Are A-Changin': A Shift in Religious Focus at MUW during the 1920s and 1930s"; 

     

  • Kayla Robison, "Jewish Assimilation in Mississippi"; 

     

  • Ben Stephens, "The Administration of Ideology: Religion and Politics Intertwining with Women's Suffrage"; 

     

  • Jessica Thornhill, "The Assimilation of Southern Jews"; 

     

  • Emily Wicker, "Palmer Home: A Southern Social Gospel Exception." 

     

    Table Talks are held at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, 314 Seventh St. N. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for those wishing to bring their lunch and socialize before the program begins. The Friends will serve iced tea.

     

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