Jackson State University set to host ‘THEE Culture Forever,’ a celebration of humanities

JACKSON, Miss –Jackson State University’s Department of English, Foreign Languages, & Speech Communication (EFLSC) is hosting “THEE Culture Forever” EFLSC week from Monday, Mar. 27 – Friday, Mar. 31.

“EFLSC Week is designed to promote the disciplines in our department and showcase the phenomenal work our students and faculty members are doing within these disciplines,” said EFLSC Department Chair Ebony Lumumba, Ph.D. “We engage popular cultural issues to demonstrate how integral studies in English, foreign languages, and speech communication are to the world around us.”

“THEE Culture Forever” will include a fashion parade and poster showcase, a Mississippi writers’ stories and storytelling event, a “THEE I Believe” community forum, panels on topics covering research, Black women’s body image, linguistic justice, social justice, intersectionality, cultural myths, hair-based discrimination, alumni discussions and more.

EFLSC Interim Assistant Chair Shanna L. Smith, Ph.D., also serves as Thee Culture Forever committee chair. She encourages everyone to come out and support the common bond, love of communication, and desire to learn and share. 

“EFLSC Week highlights the best of who we are as an interdisciplinary department. Our week is fun, interactive and features the talents of our students and faculty. Join us for our poetry cafe at Starbucks, karaoke on the Gibbs-Green Plaza, student-led panels virtually and in-person, and the ‘Thee I Believe’ community forum in our liberal arts building auditorium,” Smith urged.

This project was made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this event do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Mississippi Humanities Council.