The Long Blue Line




Eugenia “Genie” Talbott

LindaI was in the right place at the right time. I believe that, but know my career as an artist, designer, and writer was launched at the “W”. My education paved the way to believe in “self” as an artist, fueled with the strength to explore thousands of miles–some close to home, others to places I never expected to know as intimately as the Canadian Arctic. I am grateful for the skills I learned while attending the “W”. Those skills made me a better mother and person, opened doors to an antique gallery and design business, to teaching young people in juvenile detention that art is a better path, to becoming an advocate and lobbying for laws to protect animals caught in the exotic pet trade, to illustrating and painting some of the most exquisite animals on earth. Most of all it gave me the tenacity to face challenges through a spirit I know was born at the “W”. Yes, I was in the right place at the right time.


Documentary Film Scenes and Backstories


Myra Williams Ottewell is a Mississippi Canadian who retired after a teaching career in Media Technology in British Columbia, Canada. Then, against all odds, she produced the documentary, Mississippi ReMixed: A fresh look at race relations in the Deep South in association with Mississippi Public Broadcasting. Myra returned to her birthplace in Jackson, determined to celebrate the great racial transformations in the state since the 1960’s, but instead discovered that understanding race relations is far more complicated than she bargained for. At every step of the way, her W friends informed and inspired her transformational experiences as she grappled with the contrast of her good memories and the realities of race issues today.


W Archives Presentation


Derek Webb will be serving as guide for the tour through The W’s history. He is the Special Collections Librarian/University Archivist for the Beulah Culbertson Archives and Special Collections in Fant Memorial Library, uncovering and preserving the university’s rare and unique historical materials. He also pursues projects surfacing the history of traditionally marginalized groups at The W, including the campus-wide collaboration documenting desegregation in 2016.

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