Lyndon Johnson is focus of Wednesday’s Brown Bag Lecture

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The Brown Bag Lecture Series continues Wednesday, Sept. 23 with John Bullion, professor of history at the University of Missouri. His lecture is titled “Segregation or Pork?  Lyndon Johnson, Civil Rights, and the Democratic Party in the South, 1964-1966.” Bullion became interested in Lyndon Johnson 15 years ago, and the published a memoir of his… Read More >

Brown Bag Lectures begin with ‘Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South’

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The Brown Bag Lunch and Lecture Series kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 16 with Charles Hughes, a Memphis Center Postdoctoral Fellow at Rhodes College. Hughes offers a provocative reinterpretation of the 1960s and 70s, a key moment in American popular music and challenges the conventional wisdom about race in southern recording studios and the music that… Read More >

Fall Brown Bag Lectures Announced

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Scheduled for select Wednesdays at noon The Brown Bag Lunch and Lecture Series sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture continues this fall with several diverse topics. All lectures take place on select Wednesdays at noon in the Tupelo Room of Barnard Observatory and are free and open to the public. On… Read More >

Blues Symposium to focus on hill country music

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April 9 event free, open to the public Click Here for a Full Schedule North Mississippi’s distinctive hill country music is the subject of this year’s Blues Today Symposium at the University of Mississippi. Set for Thursday, April 9 in the Blues Archive on the third floor of the J.D. Williams, the program examines the… Read More >

Oxford Conference for the Book highlights Margaret Walker

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Sessions are free, open to the public OXFORD, Miss. – A National Book Award winner, popular television show writers, and a centennial birthday commemoration are all planned for the 2015 Oxford Conference for the Book, set for March 25-27. Presented by the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture and Square Books,… Read More >

Caroline Herring returns to Barnard Observatory on Feb. 27

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Concert by Caroline Herring to Honor Dr. charles Reagan Wilson Singer-songwriter Caroline Herring returns to Barnard Observatory for a special concert as part of the Porter Fortune Jr. History Symposium. The Symposium honors the recent retirement of Charles Reagan Wilson with a series of talks and panel discussions on the topic of Southern Religion and… Read More >

Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival

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Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival, Inc. Written by Jodi Skipper, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi. The Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival (LMGF), Inc. began on May 20th, 1958 when a group of civic-minded citizens living in the Free Town area of Lafayette, Louisiana gathered in the kitchen of Mrs. Thelma… Read More >

Lee Bains III to perform solo show Jan. 27

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Music of the South concert series continues Lee Bains III brings his distinct Southern rock and soul to the University of Mississippi for a solo performance Jan. 27 as part of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture’s Music of the South concert series. Bains, a songwriter from Birmingham, Alabama, who lives in Atlanta,… Read More >

More about the new Elvis biography by Joel Williamson

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In Elvis Presley: A Southern Life, Southern historian Joel Williamson, professor emeritus of the humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, takes on one of the greatest cultural icons of all time.

Ted Ownby, director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, wrote the foreword for the book, which is published by Oxford University Press.

Living Blues’ October issue highlights blues tourism

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Double issue provides a guide for adventurers traveling the Mississippi Blues Trail Blues tourism in Mississippi is highlighted in the special October double-issue of Living Blues magazine. Focusing on more than 180 Mississippi Blues Trail markers, the issue spotlights the people, places and themes of the blues in Mississippi with hundreds of destinations including clubs,… Read More >