About NLCC


This year’s theme is Mississippi: A Literary Journey. Click on the “agenda” tab for more information.


The Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration (NLCC) is a time honored tradition in the State of Mississippi, with a well-deserved reputation as one of the state’s most significant annual conferences devoted to literature, history, film, and culture.    Each February the NLCC choses a new topic related to humanities in the American South and brings national known scholars and authors to Natchez for our award winning conference.  The annual Celebration is sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Mississippi Humanities Council, and Copiah Lincoln Community College, and supported by the City of Natchez, the Adams County Board of Supervisors, and the National Park Service. 

Notable speakers at past NLCC festivals include writers Eudora Welty, Margaret Walker Alexander, William Styron, Willie Morris, Ellen Douglas, Ernest Gaines, Elizabeth Spencer, Nikki Giovanni, Myrlie Evers-Williams, and Maya Angelou; the Richard Wright scholar Michel Fabre of Paris; and historians Robert V. Remini, David Sansing, William Scarborough, John D.W. Guice, Jay Gitlin, John Blassingame, Michael Wayne, and Douglas Lewis.


The goals of NLCC are simple—to inspire a lifelong love of and commitment to the humanities in the public at large, to educate its audience on a variety of topics within the humanities, and to serve the local community.  Our events, with very few exceptions, are free and open to the public. 


NLCC Co-Chairmen are Brett Brinegar, Instructor of History, Copiah-Lincoln Community College, and Robin Person, Site Director, Historic Jefferson College.


The conference has won many awards, including the Governor's Award for Tourism Achievement; a Cultural Olympiad award for outstanding programming from the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games; the Most Outstanding Festival or Event in Mississippi from the Mississippi Tourism Commission; the Public Humanities Achievement Award from the Mississippi Humanities Council; the Mississippi Historical Society's Award of Merit; and the Governor's Award for Excellence in Arts.


2016 Natchez at 300: A River Runs by It

2015 Bigger Than Life:  Extraordinary Mississippians

2014 60 Years and Counting: Voices of the Civil Rights Movement

2013 Fiction, Fact, and Film: The Civil War's Imprint on Southern Culture

2012 Legends, Lore, and Literature: Storytelling in the South

2011 Fields of Dreams: Sports in the South 2010 Humor in the Deep South

2009 Southern Women Writers: Saluting the Eudora Welty Centennial

2008 Richard Wright, the South, and the World: A Centennial Celebration

2007 Southern Accents: Language in the Deep South

2006 Biscuits, Gumbo, Sweet Tea, and Bourbon Balls: Southern Food and Drink in History, Literature, and Film

2005 Between Two Worlds: Free Blacks in the Antebellum South

2004 Scoundrels to Statesmen: Politics in the Deep South.

2003 Exploration and Discovery Then and Now: Saluting the Bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase

2002 Creativity in the South: A Living Legacy

2001 Fiction, Fact, and Film: The Genius of the South

2000 The Sacred South: Literature from the Bible Belt

1999 Music of the South: Lyrics, Literature, and Lagniappe

1998 The South: Its Land and Its Literature

1997 Famous Southern Families in Fiction and in Fact

1996 Southern Women: 300 Years of Influence

1995 King Cotton: Its Enduring Literary Legacy

1994 Mississippi's Literary Heritage: Black and White and Read All Over

1993 The Three R's: Readin', Ritin', and the River 1992 Spain Comes to Natchez

1991 From Provincial Outpost to National Treasure: Natchez Celebrates Its 275th Anniversary

1990 The Natchez Trace: Its Literary Legacy

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