Recent notes in the news:
1) The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science. A year ago my wife Deb and I had a deeply instructive time in the “Golden Triangle” of Mississippi — a northeastern part of the state marked by the cities of Columbus, Starkville, and West Point. Deb did several reports (e.g. here and here) about the ambitious and innovative Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, a public boarding high school for students from all around the state.
Some of the reports were about the history teacher Chuck Yarborough and the re-enactments through which he encourages his students to come to terms with the troubled history of their state. That’s a picture of one of the enactments at the top of this post.
We were delighted to hear this afternoon on All Things Considered a report on Chuck Yarborough, his students, and their experience of wrestling with Mississippi’s past. You can listen to it here or via the embed below. Congratulations to all involved.
While I’m on Golden Triangle news: Birney Imes, whose family has run the Commercial Dispatch newspaper in Columbus for generations and who is himself a renowned photographer of the South, has a new exhibit at the Rebekah Jacob Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina. He graciously spent time with us while we were visiting his city last year. You can get an idea of some of his wonderful pictures here and read about the exhibit here.