Speaker Date Topic
Robin Whitfield May 24, 2018
Friends of Chakchiuma Swamp Natural Area

The Friends of the CSNA is a community organization functioning under the 501(c)3 of the Grenada Community Foundation. We are dedicated to the conservation of Chakchiuma Swamp Natural Area, a city property just north of downtown Grenada on the Yalobusha River and adjacent to the Grenada Public Boat Ramp.


Pam Junior May 31, 2018
Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Pamela D.C. Junior is Director of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Previously she was manager of the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center in Jackson. Junior is a member of the board of directors for the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area and Mississippi Book Festival and a co-founder of the Mississippi Black Theater Festival. She is the recipient of the Freedom Rider award from the Mississippi Freedom 50th Foundation, the For My People award from the Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State University, and the Hometown Hero award from the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau. Junior holds a bachelors in education from Jackson State University.

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum opened in December 2017 and focuses on the period 1945 to 1976, telling the story of the struggle for equal rights and fair treatment under the law. It is the nation’s first state-operated civil rights museum.

Penny Chiasson, CRNA, BCH, CPHI Jun 07, 2018 12:00 PM
Jake McGraw, Policy Director The Winter Institute Jun 14, 2018 12:00 PM
The Winter Institute
The Winter Institute

Jake McGraw is the coordinator for Rethink Mississippi and editor of rethinkms.org, a collaboration of emerging leaders in Mississippi to begin critical discussions about the state’s long-term issues. Jake has deep-seated passion for combining the power of ideas with community organizing methods. While studying public policy and economics at the University of Mississippi, Jake co-founded the campus integration initiative One Mississippi as well as a community empowerment organization in San Mateo, Belize. Jake also has significant experience working in both state and national politics. A native of Oxford, MS, Jake researched the history of progressive education policies in the South while attending a master’s program at “the other Oxford” in England. He returned home to join the Winter Institute in spring 2013. Jake is an avid golfer and squash player–a frequent source of ridicule among his colleagues.

The Winter Institute

Matthew McLaughlin Jun 21, 2018 12:00 PM
Executive Director of MS Brewer's Guild

Matthew McLaughlin is the Executive Director of the Mississippi Brewer's Guild, which represents all craft breweries and distilleries in the state. He is also an attorney who works with startups and entrepreneurs.

Passing of the Gavel Program Jun 28, 2018