James H. Meredith Lecture Series

Initiated in 2022 during the University of Mississippi’s commemoration of the 60th anniversary of integration, the James H. Meredith Lecture Series is now an annual event marking the anniversary of James Meredith’s enrollment at the University of Mississippi. The event is intended to elevate and keep Mr. Meredith’s legacy at the forefront with current and future students.

In fall 2023, the university launched the inaugural event featuring Dr. Ruha Benjamin as the keynote speaker and the announcement of the inaugural James H. Meredith Community Transformation Award recipient. The event is free and open to the public.

Event Details 

James H. Meredith Lecture Series featuring Dr. Ruha Benjamin

Monday, Oct. 2, 6 p.m.

The Inn at Ole Miss Ballroom

Reception to follow

Please register for this event using this link.

For accessibility assistance, please contact the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at 662.915.2933 or diversity@olemiss.edu.

About Dr. Ruha Benjamin

Ruha Benjamin is the Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, founding director of the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab, and author of the award-winning book Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code, among many other publications. Her work investigates the social dimensions of science, medicine and technology with a focus on the relationship between innovation and inequity, health and justice, knowledge and power. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Marguerite Casey Foundation Freedom Scholar Award and the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton. Her most recent book, Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want, winner of the 2023 Stowe Prize, was born out of the twin plagues of COVID-19 and police violence and offers a practical and principled approach to transforming our communities and helping us build a more just and joyful world.

Poster with black background and photo of Dr. Benjamin promoting the lecture series.