Diverse Slate of Spring Brown Bag Lectures Begins Today

Weekly sessions starting today cover topics from state politics and civil rights struggles to gay truckers and jazz Written by Rebecca Lauck Cleary The Brown Bag Lunch and Lecture Series sponsored by the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture continues this spring with topics ranging from Brazilian dance to gay truck… Read More >

Get your master’s degree in Southern Studies

The University of Mississippi had the first MA program in Southern Studies, with the first students entering the program in 1986. The Southern Studies graduate program is a two-year interdisciplinary program, with faculty in literature, history, sociology, anthropology, music, foodways, religion, documentary studies, and other fields. Set in the Center for the Study of Southern… Read More >

Earn your MFA in Documentary Expression

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply to the Center’s Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Expression program, which began in the fall of 2017. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2019. The MFA is a two-year (30-hour) graduate program that combines coursework in Southern Studies and interdisciplinary fields with advanced training in photography, film,… Read More >

MFA Showcase Gives Students Experience Presenting Their Work

By Rebecca Lauck Cleary As a finale to the fall semester, the students in the MFA for Documentary Expression program showcased recently completed film and photography projects. John Rash, producer/director for the Southern Documentary Project, said the event was an impressive exhibition of the multiple talents of all of the MFA students and what they… Read More >

SouthDocs film wins Indie Memphis award

“Negro Terror,” the feature length documentary by John Rash and the Southern Documentary Project about Negro Terror, an African American punk band from Memphis, had a world premiere earlier this month at the Playhouse on the Square in Memphis as part of the Indie Memphis Film Festival. The band performed a simultaneous live-score along with… Read More >

Studying about another presidential visit to Mississippi

Written by Ted Ownby Hearing that Donald Trump is returning to Mississippi to campaign for Cindy Hyde-Smith raises all sorts of intriguing issues about the senate race and contemporary politics. But for me, a Trump visit raises one specific question: did Donald Trump quote my words on an earlier trip to the state? In December… Read More >

Richman considers photography and gender in today’s Brown Bag

For the Brown Bag Lecture at noon Nov. 7 in the Tupelo Room of Barnard Observatory, Lisa Richman is interested in the ways images can reinforce, script, or challenge the national imaginary of who is a citizen. Historians and artists have examined the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information (FSA-OWI) Photographic Collection as a broad… Read More >

First Student Graduates with MFA in Documentary Expression

Support from fellow students and faculty proved invaluable for Susie Penman, the first graduate in the Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Expression program at the University of Mississippi. Penman, who also earned two other degrees from the university– a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2007 and a master’s in Southern studies in 2012 –… Read More >