With the Mississippi general election as a backdrop, Delta State University’s Fall 2019 Colloquia Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series will feature former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (2004-12), a Republican, and Democratic strategist Jere Nash, campaign manager for former Mississippi Gov. Ray Mabus (1988-92). Barbour and Nash’s discussion, “Across the Aisle: Post-Election Reflection and What’s Next,” takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at 6 p.m. in the Jobe Hall auditorium on the Delta State campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Barbour’s decades of Republican credentials began when he dropped out of the University of Mississippi his senior year in 1968 to work on Richard Nixon’s presidential campaign. Earning a law degree from Ole Miss in 1973, the Yazoo City native served as executive director of the Mississippi Republican Party from 1973 to 1976.
Democrat Nash coauthored Mississippi Politics: The Struggle for Power, 1976-2008, Second Edition (University Press of Mississippi, 2009; originally published in 2006) and Mississippi Fried Politics: Tall Tales from the Back Rooms (Red/Blue Publications, 2008) with Republican Andy Taggart, an attorney and former chief of staff to Mississippi Gov. Kirk Fordice.