U.S. Judge Carlton Reeves of Mississippi's Southern District Court.
Judge Carlton Reeves of the U.S. District Court of Southern Mississippi

Mississippi has a tortured past, and it has struggled mightily to reinvent itself and become a New Mississippi.”

This line is from his breathtaking speech delivered at the sentencing for the murder of James Craig Anderson in Jackson, MS. His speech was published on NPR’s Web site here. If you haven’t read it, you should. 

Cartoon of a cartoonist at his drawing desk, with Death in a black hooded robe and with his scythe at the door yelling "Deadline!"
Cartoonist at his writing desk, with Death at the door yelling “Deadline!”

I had two deadlines Friday. Made one of them. The grant application is out. I’m so lucky that the other deadline was more flexible. BUT, today’s the deadly deadline… This guy at his desk is me today. MUST get this done. Final edits are due on my latest journal article. The piece is important for my book, A Culture of Justice. It’s first coming out in a journal. Helpful feedback is the best part of journal publishing, not that reviewers are ever encouraging. The important part is that they’re often right about some ways in which I could improve my work.

I’m grateful to artist Oliver Ottitsch (OliverOttitsch.com) for permission to post his artwork, “Deadline” (February 22, 2013), which he kindly granted me. I ordered one of his books today, most of which are in German, though one is in French and one’s in English. The cartoon above is online here.

Oliver’s piece inspires me today, including now, as I do something fun for a few minutes before (instead of) finishing my edits! Back to work!

Photo of Weber signing a book for Mrs. Gray in Oxford, MS.
This pic is from the ‘Uniting Mississippi’ book signing at Square Books in Oxford, MS.

I’ve got a gallery of photos from that evening, which won’t be found here if you clicked on the “Photos” link in the menu. It has something to do with the kind of post I put the gallery in. Anyway, click here to see all the photos from that night.

Thanks again to Daniel Perea for taking the pictures that night. Please do not reuse these without requesting permission first. Copyright Weber 2015.

Photo from 2015 graduate instructor training at the University of Mississippi.
Photo from the 2015 Graduate Instructor Training

Thanks to Graduate School Dean John Kiss for the photo. I enjoy meeting with the new graduate instructors each year at the University of Mississippi. Copyright John Kiss, 2015.

Photo of Weber with a class in the Grove at the University of Mississippi in 2010.
2010 photo of a class meeting out in the Grove

This photo was taken in 2010, during a class meeting of the spring semester honors writing course in the University of Mississippi’s Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. The photo was taken out on a beautiful day in the Grove.

Photo by Blake Belcher. Copyright Weber 2010.

Cartoon by Kevin Frank on gluttony and religious reasons to refuse people services, 2015. Visit http://kevinfrank.net/.
Gluttony cartoon

If people treated gluttony like they treat some other sins, they’d tell me “No, you may not have fries with that!”

The economy in the U.S. would really take a hit too, I’d wager.

Cartoon by Kevin Frank, from May 28, 2015. Visit KevinFrank.net to check out his work. This particular cartoon is on his site here. I’m grateful to Kevin for permission to post his artwork. He’s a nice fellow.

While on Kevin’s site, I ordered a copy of his book, True North, which I’m looking forward to enjoying. Check it out.

Photo of Taylor McGraw being congratulated by Dean Doug Sullivan-Gonzalez and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, 2010.
My thesis student and University of Mississippi alumnus Taylor McGraw (right) receiving the 2010 Barksdale Award from Honors College Dean Doug Sullivan-Gonzalez and congratulated by the great Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel.

I have had some pretty remarkable experiences at the University of Mississippi, as well as some wonderful students to work with (Yes, I end sometimes with a preposition). It’s deeply meaningful to see one’s students so honored and successful.

June 2015 meeting with Grisham Scholars, visiting from Dallas, TX's Uplift Education charter schools.
(Larger) In June of 2015, I met with a group of Grisham Scholars, visiting from Dallas, TX.

The group was from Dallas’s ‘s Uplift Education charter schools. We met in Bryant Hall, where we talked a little bit about my field, philosophy. I explained the major branches of philosophy, and then we talked about how practical philosophy is or can be. To illustrate that, we covered a controversial case in medical ethics, concerning euthanasia. The young men and women were very bright and a lot of fun to engage in discussion.