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Universities Studying Slavery Fall Symposium — Presidential Plenary

Thursday October 25, 2018, 9:00am
Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, MS

I’m honored to serve on this panel today, especially with such distinguished fellow panelists. I’d like to thank the organizers for hosting this meeting, especially the University of Mississippi Slavery Research Group, whose important work on our campus embodies the principled inquiry that sits at the core of academic freedom. I’d also like to thank Dr. Hogan for inviting me to participate. It’s a tremendous opportunity to advance the conversation about an historical matter of great import to our institutions, our state, and the nation.





Military Academy Day

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 10:00 a.m.
Jackson Avenue Center

Good morning, and welcome. It’s a pleasure to be here. We’re honored the university is serving as your host site today. I’d like to thank Congressman Trent Kelly’s office for organizing today’s events.

To all of the students here, I commend your interest in learning more about the U.S. Military Academies, and I thank you for your willingness to serve. I wish each of you the best of luck in your pursuit of a spot at one of the academies, which rank among the most distinguished institutions of higher education in our country.





M Partner Community Day of Service

October 13, 2018, 8 a.m.
Student Union Ballroom

This turnout is amazing! It’s so inspiring to see such enthusiastic volunteers this morning. I know it’s an early start for a weekend, but we commend you for giving your time and energy to serving our M Partner communities of Charleston, Lexington, and New Albany. It’s so rewarding to see this army of students ready to mobilize and embrace this wonderful opportunity to serve. You embody our university’s commitment to community engagement in action.





Ole Miss Alumni Association Annual Meeting

Saturday, October 6, 2018, 10 a.m.
The Inn at Ole Miss, Gertrude C. Ford Ballroom

It’s great to be here! And it’s so great to see many of our passionate Rebs today. With so much energy and commitment, it’s easy to see why Ole Miss is such a special place with extraordinary people!

Every week at our great flagship university is exciting and active. Let me take this week just to give you a sampling. The Department of Music’s Living Music Resource and Prof. Nancy Maria Balach marked the 20th episode of the LMR LIVE interactive talk show. Our Commission on the Status of Women and my wife Sharon hosted a lovely reception at our home in the Carrier House honoring women faculty, staff, and graduate students. Our Schools of Law and Pharmacy co-hosted an educational symposium on a heartbreaking issue facing our state and nation — the opioid crisis. We commemorated the 20th anniversary of the founding of our esteemed Croft Institute for International Studies with a wonderful celebration. And of course, today is Homecoming as we welcome to campus so many alumni and all the great activities that come with it!





Croft Institute for International Studies 20th Anniversary

Friday, October 5, 2018, 2 p.m.
Croft 107

Good afternoon, and welcome. It’s a pleasure to join you all for this celebration of one of the bright lights of our university.

I’d like to thank Dr. Dinius and all of the organizers of today’s events. For two decades, Croft has been one of our university’s most prestigious, rigorous, and valuable academic programs. In its relatively short history, Croft has enhanced the reputation of our university.

I’d like to thank the Abdalla family for their enduring commitment to Ole Miss through their unprecedented donation of $60 million from the Bancroft Fund. That decision has rippled through our university and enriched the lives of countless students. Those students, in turn, have pursued distinguished academic and career opportunities in the U.S. and around the world. Their successes reflect positively on this university and carry our name to the far corners of the globe.