Group of people singing at 2018 New Narrative Festival and Conference

Second Annual Mississippi State New Narrative Festival and Conference

Friday-Saturday, March 22-23, 2019, at The Mill at MSU

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A full list of speakers and performers, scheduled times, and registration information for the Second Annual Mississippi State New Narrative Festival and Conference will be coming in February. Check back soon.

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Friday, March 22, 2019

7:15 – 8:30 am


Coffee Served

8:30 – 10:00 am

Session #1 – Global Food Security and the New Agricultural Narrative

Mississippi State’s Research and International Impact
Dr. Mark Keenum, President, MSU

Purpose, Values and Vision: Communication Lessons from the Farm to Table Movement
Robert St. John, Chef and Author, Extra Table, Hattiesburg

10:00 – 10:15 am


10:15 – 11:00 am

Session #2 - Communicating "The Big Bang" of a New Industry

Dana Bolden, Chief Communications Officer, Corteva Agriscience – The Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, Atlanta

11:00 – 11:45 am

Session #3 - Resetting the Corporate Narrative in the New Social Landscape

Barie Carmichael, Senior Counselor, APCO Worldwide, Batten Fellow, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia

11:45 am – 12:00 pm


12:00 – 1:30 pm

Session #4 - Bringing Mississippi's Message to Washington, D.C.

Welcome from Mayor Lynn Spruill
The Honorable Gregg Harper, Former Congressman

1:30 – 1:45 pm


1:45 – 2:30 pm

Session #5 - Putting Community Back into Communication: A Millennial's Perspective

Denise Horn, Director of Corporate Communication, Turner Broadcasting System, New York

3:15 – 4:00 pm

Session #7 - Leading Mississippi's Future by Studying the Past

John Spann, Curator of Education, Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, Mississippi Department of History and Archives, Jackson

John Arledge, Vice President of Public Affairs, Entergy Mississippi, Jackson
4:00 – 6:00 pm

Reception - Taste and Sounds of Starkville, Restaurants, Brewers, Vendors, Music

The Veranda - chicken and sausage jambalaya


4:00 – 6:00 pm

Pitch Slam

Have an idea for a coffee table book loaded with eye-popping photography? A suspense novel that would wow John Grisham fans? A textbook that would truly captivate undergrads? A sports book or documentary everyone would talk about? Pitch your idea for a maximum of 90 seconds to one of four established publishing representatives!

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6:30 – 7:30 pm

An Evening of Music and Storytelling from Mississippi's Cultural Ambassador Steve Azar

Steve Azar Narrative and Performance

(Introducer and Opening Comments)

Glenn McCullough, Executive Director of the Mississippi Economic Development Authority, Jackson, MS


Saturday, March 23, 2019

8:00 – 9:00 am


Coffee Served

10:30 – 11:15 am

Session #10 - Mississippi Missions - Bridging Cultures with Inspiring Words and Selfless Actions

How the Most Generous State Assisted Japan After World War II
Ken Askew, Managing Director, MUFG, San Francisco

Mission Mississippi and Race Relations
Neddie Winters, Executive Director and President, Jackson

Dr. Giles Lindley, Retired United Methodist Minister, Starkville
11:15 – 11:30 am


11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Session #11 - A New Perspective on Communication - Pioneering Unmanned Aerial Systems Research in Starkville, Mississippi

Dr. David Shaw, Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Mississippi State University
1:00 – 1:45 pm

Session #12 - From Alabama to Bogota' - Spreading the Power of Southern Storytelling Worldwide

Charles McNair, Author, Bogota, Colombia

1:45 – 2:30 pm

Session #13 - How the MSU Bulldogs Defied Convention and the Past Narrative to Play an Integrated Basketball Team

Robbie Coblentz, Writer and Producer, One Night in March Documentary, Starkville

2:30 – 2:45 pm


2:45 – 3:30 pm

Session #14 - The Changing Face of Mississippi's Broadcast Media - Who's Watching and Listening?

Paul Gallo, Radio Personality, SuperTalk Mississippi, Statewide, Jackson
Derek Rogers, General Manager, WCBI TV, Columbus

Charlie Mitchell, Associate Professor, School of Journalism and New Media, The University of Mississippi
3:30 – 4:15 pm

Session #15 - New Voices, New Frontiers - A Conversation with Mississippi's Future Leaders

Mayah Emerson, Student Body President, Mississippi State University
Dr. Philip Poe, Assistant Professor, MSU Department of Communication





Vendors coming soon.

MSU On-Campus Partners

Department of Communication
Department of English
MSU Libraries
MSU Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library and Williams Collection of Lincolniana
National Center for Women in Information Technology, Mississippi Alliance for Women in Computing
President of Mississippi State University
Information Technology Services