Dr. Kathleen Wickham, associate professor at the Meek School of Journalism and New Media, and Dr. Larry Wells, director of Yoknapatawpha Press, lectured at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France, Thursday, and Rennes University, in Rennes, France, March 15.
Wickham’s lecture focused on Paul Guihard, the French reporter killed on the University of Mississippi campus during the 1962 integration riot. His unsolved murder has forged a lasting link between his native Brittany and Mississippi.
Wells presented slides from Ed Meek’s photo-history, “Riot: Witness to Anger and Change,” co-published last fall by Yoknapatawpha Press and the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi.
Alain Guihard, the brother of Paul Guihard, spoke to Rennes University students and faculty. Hosting the Rennes event was Professor Nicole Moulinoux, founder of the William Faulkner Foundation, and Professor Gildas Levoguer of the English Department.
At The Sorbonne University, Wickham and Wells addressed students of African American Studies under professors Hélène Le Dantec-Lowry and James Cohen.
At Rennes University, the distinction of Honorary Citizen of the William Faulkner Foundation was presented to Wells with Sara Harriger, the U.S. Consul for western France attending.