Institute for Southern Studies
The Institute for Southern Studies is a non-profit media and research center that advocates for progressive political and social causes in the Southern United States.
The slogan on the organization's website banner is, "A New Voice for a Changing South."
According to the organization's website, it provides resources for, "grassroots activists, community leaders, scholars, policy makers and others working to bring lasting social and economic change to the region."
In 1973, the organization began producing a journal, Southern Exposure. In recent years, it began producing an online magazine, Facing South.
Part of the organization's "About" section reads:
The Institute draws attention to the national importance of the South and offers an exciting vision of the region-a place brimming with a capacity for progressive change that challenges its reputation as a monolithic, conservative stronghold.
In 1970, the Institute for Southern Studies was founded by Sue Thrasher, Julian Bond, John Lewis, Peter Bourne, N. Jerold Cohen and Howard Romaine. When the organization was founded, the initial work was done preforming research, holding seminars, and performing activism against the Vietnam War.
Founding Board members
|Institute for Southern Studies Incorporating Documents in North Carolina|
The Institute for Southern Studies was incorporated in the state of North Carolina on July 28, 1989. The founding members listed on the incorporation papers:
- Julian Bond President, from Atlanta, Georgia
- Peter Bourne, from Washington, D.C.
- N. Jerold Cohen, from Atlanta, Georgia
- John Lewis, from Atlanta, Georgia
- Marcus Raskin, from Washington, D.C.
- Howard Romaine, from New Iberia, Louisiana
- Robert Sherrill, from Washington, D.C.
- Sue Thrasher Secretary, from Atlanta, Georgia
- Elizabeth Tornquist, from Durham, North Carolina
Current Board Members
The following members were on the Institute Board of Directors in December 2011:
The following members served as Project Advisors at the Institute in December 2011:
- Joe Atkins, Professor, University of Mississippi
- Julian Bond, Chair, NAACP
- Steve Bradberry, Lead Organizer, New Orleans ACORN
- Pronita Gupta
- Bob Hall, Co-Director, Democracy North Carolina
- Jim Hightower, Author and radio host
- Naomi Klein, Syndicated columnist and author, No Logo
- Darryl Malek-Wiley, Louisiana Environmental Justice Organizer, Sierra Club
- Sangita Nayak, Policy/Communications Director, Praxis Project
- Angie Newsome, Reporter, Asheville Citizen-Times
- Tram Nguyen, Executive Editor, ColorLines
- William Quigley, Professor, Loyola University New Orleans Law School and Director, Poverty Law Clinic
- Lisa Seitz Gruwell, Political Director, Skyline Public Works
Former Project Advisors
The following members were on staff in December 2011:
- Chris Kromm, Executive Director and Publisher, Southern Exposure
- Ethan Clauset, Web Director
- Desiree Evans, Research Associate and Co-Editor Facing South
- Rania Masri, Research Fellow and Associate Editor, Southern Exposure
- Jennie Renner-Yoemans, Office Coordinator
- Jerimee Richir, New Media Director
- Sue Sturgis, Editorial Director and Co-Editor, Facing South
Freedom Journalism School
In 2009 the ISS launched a program called the Freedom Journalism School. The goal of this program was to train grassroots journalists to generate "50 media muckrakers". After its launch the program received writeups in several online publications included The Nation and AFL-CIO. While much of the language from ISS was of non-partisan, an AFL-CIO blog implied that the true goal of the program was to create an "army of progressive journalists."
The following organizations are listed as supporters on the Institute website.
- Arca Foundation
- CarEth Foundation
- Civil Justice Foundation
- ConnectUS Network/Tides Foundation
- Educational Foundation of America
- Fund for Constitutional Government
- Fund for Investigative Journalism
- Funding Exchange
- Gulf Coast Fund of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
- Hill-Snowdon Foundation
- Jewish Funds for Justice
- Nation Institute
- New World Foundation
- Open Society Institute
- Oxfam America
- Peace Development Fund
- Public Welfare Foundation
- Rappaport Family Fund
- Sapelo Foundation
- Skyline Public Works
- Town Creek Foundation
- Unitarian-Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock
- Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
- Institute for Southern Studies "Home Page" Accessed:December 2011
- Institute for Southern Studies "About Page" Accessed:December 2011
- NYU Southern Student Organizing Committee "Where are they now?" Accessed January 8, 2012
- Institute for Southern Studies "Board of Directors," Accessed: December 2011
- My San Antonio "Former E-N columnist found dead," December 7, 2010
- Institute for Southern Studies "Institute Personnel," Accessed: December 2011
- Left in Alabama "Freedom Journalism School" October 13, 2009
- The Nation "The Freedom Journalism School" October 13, 2009
- AFL-CIO Blog "Help Create a New Army of Progressive Journalists," October 12, 2009
- Institute for Southern Studies "Supporters," Accessed: December 2011