Confederate Truths web site, in association with the Winter Institute, is an Internet extension of the book, “The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader: ‘The Great Truth’ about The ‘Lost Cause,’” edited by James W. Loewen and Edward H. Sebesta, and published by the University Press of Mississippi.
As part of its strategic plan for the next five years, the Winter Institute will create a world class multi-disciplinary center for scholarly research, study, and teaching on race and the impact of race and racism across traditional academic areas.
The needs of communities served by the Institute will help identify academic research projects for the Institute. The research capacity and accumulated knowledge of the academic arm will provide hard data to ground the community building programs and provide protocols to measure results and verify best practices.
The teaching function of the academic center will support the Institute’s education outreach programs, and assist in developing curriculum on matters of race. The Institute’s local programs will maintain the Institute’s focus on achieving tangible results in the everyday world, provide field verification for academic research, expand the University’s definition of teaching and education to include service programs, and bring local communities and other non-campus constituencies within the University’s mission.
The Institute will provide a setting where educators, scholars, business and professional leaders, policy makers, politicians, local community leaders and members, and grassroots activists can meet to listen to and learn from each other on matters of race and racism.