January 27, 2017

Learn About The North Mississippi VISTA Project

Friday, January 27, 12:00 noon, The Joseph C. Bancroft Conference Room (Croft 107)

If you aren’t 100% sure what you want to do after graduation, you need to come to the AmeriCorps VISTA information session we will be holding in Croft 107 at 12:00 noon on Friday, January 27.  Steven Mockler, a 2015 Croft graduate and AmeriCorps VISTA Leader of the North Mississippi VISTA Project, will talk about the opportunities to serve as a VISTA here in Oxford and in the surrounding area, about the VISTA program in general, and about other opportunities for experience in the non-profit sector after graduation.

The North Mississippi VISTA Project

Every year, hundreds of recent college graduates answer the call to national service, dedicating a year to serving in high need areas. The North Mississippi VISTA Project, housed here at the University of Mississippi, places VISTAs throughout Mississippi to build sustainable systems for fighting poverty through education. 

Our VISTA members build capacity by developing new, meaningful, and sustainable connections between our university, with its abundant resources, and the schools, education agencies, and community organizations already working to move the people of our region toward academic success and higher education. 

AmeriCorps VISTA, often called the “Domestic Peace Corps,” is a challenging and rewarding opportunity. Here are a few of the benefits of serving:

  • Living stipend
  • Education award (can be applied to existing, qualifying student loans or future graduate studies)
  • Health benefits
  • Expansive VISTA alumni network
  • Non-competitive eligibility in qualifying federal jobs
  • Experiences that will position students for future success in their career or graduate studies

Visit http://vista.olemiss.edu/ for more information.

February 7, 2017

Croft Alumna Visiting Speaker: Amy Mahoney

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 7 pm - The Joseph C. Bancroft Conference Room (Croft 107)

Croft alumna Amy Mahoney will speak at the Croft Institute on at 7 p.m.  on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. She will speak about on her current role as the Head of the Counter-Trafficking and Protection Unit with the International Office for Migration (IOM) in Washington, D.C.  She will also discuss her experience with the Croft Institute and how it  prepared her for her current position.

Amy Mahoney is the Head of the Counter-Trafficking and Protection Unit for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Washington, DC. Going on thirteen years with IOM, Ms. Mahoney has been involved with a variety of projects and institutional initiatives that focus on counter-trafficking in persons and assistance to vulnerable migrants. Her current portfolio includes the management of global projects that provide technical assistance and capacity building for governments and NGOs, training for law enforcement and judiciary, and direct assistance for victims of trafficking, unaccompanied children, and other vulnerable migrants.  Her current institutional level focuses include trafficking and exploitation as it relates to health, as well as crisis and emergency settings. During her time at IOM, she has led the development of IOM’s Counter-Trafficking Training Modules and Performance Indicator Handbook for Counter-Trafficking Programs, as well as the Exploratory Assessment on Trafficking in Persons in Trinidad and Tobago. Her previous responsibilities within IOM included coordinating the Caribbean regional project on counter-trafficking, and serving as case manager for a program that assists foreign victims of human trafficking found in the United States.

Croft lectures are free and open to the public.

February 27, 2017

Croft Institute Visiting Speaker: Ms. Nancy Hollander

Monday, February 27, 2017 - 7 p.m. - The Joseph C. Bancroft Conference Room (Croft 107)

The Croft Institute is proud to welcome Nancy Hollander to the Croft Institute for International Studies.  Ms. Hollander has been named one of America's top fifty women litigators by the National Law Journal as well as a Best Lawyer of the Year for Criminal Defense in 2016.

Ms. Hollander has been a member of the firm Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward P.A. since 1980 and a partner since 1983.  Her practice is largely devoted to representing individuals and organizations accused of crimes, including those involving national security issues.  She has also been counsel in numerous civil cases, forfeitures and administrative hearings, and has argued and won a case involving religious freedom in the United States Supreme Court.  Ms. Hollander also served as a consultant to the defense in a high profile terrorism case in Ireland and has assisted counsel in other international cases.  She currently represents two prisoners at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and was lead appellate counsel for Chelsea Manning in the military appellate courts.

Ms. Hollander received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she graduated Cum Laude and Magna Cum Laude respectively.

You may view more about Ms. Hollander's background on her law firm's website.

Croft lectures are free and open to the public.