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    The Creative Legacy of the Unusual Artist Ms. L. V. Hull

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    Stories infuse our lives with meaning, but whose stories get told? From whose point of view? For what purpose? Join filmmaker Yaphet Smith and independent arts administrator Annalise Flynn as they discuss the role of storytelling, particularly the need for new narratives, in the various efforts to share L. V. Hull’s artful life. These efforts include a documentary film, preserving her home, which was listed as one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Places by the National Trust in 2023, and repurposing structures on Ms. Hull’s street in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to create the L. V. Hull Legacy Center, which will open in November 2024 in conjunction with an exhibit of her work at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Yaphet Smith is a screenwriter, lawyer, and documentary filmmaker based in Austin, Texas. He is dedicated to enriching life through story, with an emphasis on stories that reflect Black people’s full humanity. Annalise Flynn is an independent curator and arts administrator based in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a master’s degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

    TBI and Tau loss-of-function both affect naïve ethanol sensitivity in \u3cem\u3eDrosophila\u3c/em\u3e

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    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is associated with alcohol abuse and higher ethanol sensitivity later in life. Currently, it is poorly understood how ethanol sensitivity changes with time after TBI and whether there are sex-dependent differences in the relationship between TBI and ethanol sensitivity. This study uses the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster to investigate how TBI affects alcohol sensitivity and whether the effects are sex-specific. Our results indicate that flies have a significantly higher sensitivity to the intoxicating levels of ethanol during the acute phase post-TBI, regardless of sex. The increased ethanol sensitivity decreases as time progresses; however, females take longer than males to recover from the heightened ethanol sensitivity. Dietary restriction does not improve the negative effects of alcohol post-TBI. We found that tau mutant flies exhibit similar ethanol sensitivity to TBI flies. However, TBI increased the ethanol sensitivity of dtauKO mutants, suggesting that TBI and dTau loss-of-function have additive effects on ethanol sensitivity

    Scared to Give? A Look into how Terrorism Affects the Flow of Foreign Aid

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    This thesis examines the role of formal ties to terrorism and its effect on foreign aid from donor countries considered either democratic or not. I hypothesize that as more seats are occupied in a recipient country’s government by a known terrorist organization, the less total aid democratic donor countries will send to that country (vice versa for non-democratic donors). However, with stronger ties to terrorism, the more aid democratic donors will bypass through NGOs (vice versa for non-democratic donors). To test this, I used Hezbollah’s seats in Lebanon’s Parliament from the years 1995 – 2021 as a case study for these two hypotheses. After examining four different OLS Regression tables, I found that democratic countries actually bypassed less aid as Hezbollah’s seats in the Lebanese Parliament increased. There were also some interesting results present in either democratic countries or non-democratic countries in terms of domestic variables within Lebanon such as GDP per capita and Lebanon’s population. These results may give some further clarity as to why countries give foreign aid or how countries with different political systems decide to allocate aid to certain countries

    The Tacky South

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    As a way to comment on a person’s style or taste, the word “tacky” has distinctly southern origins. Its roots trace to the so-called “tackies” who tacked horses on South Carolina farms before the Civil War. Coeditors of The Tacky South, Katie Burnett and Monica Miller, will discuss tackiness and its various permutations, as well as the term’s connections to the US South. They will highlight the essays featured in their collection, which range from discussions of nineteenth-century local-color fiction and the television series Murder, She Wrote to red velvet cake and the ubiquitous influence of Dolly Parton. Katharine A. Burnett is an associate professor of English at Fisk University in Nashville and the author of Cavaliers and Economists: Global Capitalism and the Development of Southern Literature, 1820–1860. Monica Carol Miller is an associate professor of English at Middle Georgia College in Macon, Georgia. She is the author of Being Ugly: Southern Women Writers and Social Rebellion

    \u27I\u27m Rooting for Everybody Black\u27: The Intersection of Black Joy, Politics, and Linked Fate

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    Linked fate is a concept that says what happens to one individual in a group affects the group as a whole. Research has shown that Black people tend to subscribe to that concept of linked fate, especially in relation to politics. Further studies, although not exclusively labeled as such, have shown that Black people feel a sense of linked fate when it comes to pain too. This thesis explores the intersection of Black joy, politics, and linked fate. Black joy is understood to be a shared experience amongst individuals of African descent. Black joy emphasizes the choice that Black people make every day to live as their full selves unapologetically. The goal of this thesis is to gain a better understanding of how Black people view joy and happiness and how the concept of linked fate should apply to Black joy in the same way that it applies to Black pain and Black politics. This study uses qualitative data from ten Black students, 18-22, attending colleges and universities in the state of Mississippi. The participants were interviewed via different methods, including in-person and email. The main findings from the interviews were that there is a distinction between joy and happiness, with happiness being defined as fleeting while joy was described as eternal. Another conclusion was that politics has an effect on happiness, but not joy. Joy was said to be internal and unwavering, while happiness could be affected by external factors like politics. In good and bad times, participants said that what happens to one Black person affects other Black people, hinting at the idea of linked fate. The Black experience is not a monolith, but when it comes to politics, pain, or joy, it can be argued that the Black experience is a connected one. The idea of “rooting for everybody Black” goes deeper than how much melanin a person possesses. It is the joy that the group can feel and relate to that makes rooting for everybody Black unique

    Historical Archaeology at the Chalmers Institute, Mississippi\u27s First University

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    This study presents a basic description and analysis of the artifacts collected from the 2015 archaeological excavation conducted in Holly Springs, Mississippi at the Chalmers Institute site. The thesis includes history and background on Holly Springs as a city to orient the reader. This text also includes information regarding the program, Preserve Marshall County, as their work regarding the building and site ties directly into the ability of the student archaeologists being able to excavate in 2015 as well as the future of the building. This study analyzes the artifacts found based on the frameworks of the archaeology of institutional spaces as well as the archaeology of masculinity with a focus on the “college man” of the nineteenth century when Chalmers was occupied as a school. The paper concludes with a broad overview of the artifacts, a summary of the diagnostic materials found, as well as an interpretation of artifacts, and a brief integration of the aforementioned frameworks

    Los Pedrenses: Alternative Tourism, the Spectacle of Youth, and Struggles for Local Authority in La Pedrera, Uruguay

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    Tourism has been a longstanding industry in La Pedrera, a rural beach town along the Atlantic coast of Rocha, Uruguay. The effects of recent forms of tourism massification in the form of los boliches and Carnaval have prompted residents to develop a local discourse and sociopolitical front against youth and mass tourism. This discourse has roots in the strong connection between residents and the environment that has shaped the development of the community as caretakers of the region. Such reasoning is based on interviews with La Pedrera locals, social media analysis, and articles for local and national newspapers in conjunction with pre-established works analyzing tourism theory in alternative tourism communities. This work not only adds to the growing repertoire of research on tourism theory and ethical tourism, but also highlights the necessity for intentional tourism development in areas where the industry is still growing

    March 23, 2023

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    Finding Aid for the Kenneth S. Goldstein Collection (MUM00200)

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    The Kenneth S. Goldstein Collection primarily contains research and audiovisual materials on folk music and folklore from the greater Anglo-Celtic diaspora, as well as materials from various world folk traditions


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