Arts Commission Re-launches Digital MISSISSIPPI FOLKLIFE

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The Mississippi Arts Commission today launched a new digital version of the journal Mississippi Folklife, a publication with a long history at the Center. Congratulations to the MAC, and especially Jennifer Joy Jameson, the Folk and Traditional Arts Director, managing editor. We’re particularly excited about the involvement of Amanda Malloy, a current SST graduate student who serves as Visual Arts Editor. Amy C. Evans, former SFA oral historian, is the Custom Editor. Mississippi Folklife will also include a “Mississippi Stories” series of films produced by Rex Jones of the Southern Documentary Project.

Grad Student Guest Post: Recap with the Second Years

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Last year I introduced my cohort to the Southern Studies community in an article written for the Southern Register. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, we had no idea what a tempestuous journey we were in for. Acclimatizing to the sleep deprivation and never-ending workload endemic to graduate school was an experience we won’t easily forget, but, engaging classes, supportive faculty and an ever-compelling South to study made the challenge entirely worthwhile. I caught up with my cohort, now seasoned graduate students, to hear about their individual Southern Studies experiences and to find out how their interests have changed since entering the program last fall.

We’re Hiring! Joint Faculty Appointment in Sociology/Anthropology and Southern Studies

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Faculty Job Posting: Assistant Professor of Sociology or Anthropology and Southern Studies The Department of Sociology and Anthropology (socanth.olemiss.edu) and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture (southernstudies.olemiss.edu) at the University of Mississippi invite applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Sociology or Anthropology with a joint appointment in Southern Studies starting Fall… Read More >

New Book of Essential 1960s Blues Interviews Coedited by Mark Camarigg

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In 1963, the magazine Blues Unlimited was instrumental to the British blues revival by giving voice to famous, forgotten, undiscovered, or underappreciated blues musicians from the US. The magazine set the standard for documenting blues history through the use of long-form interviews, and in many ways it paved the way for magazines such as Living Blues.

Watch the New SouthDocs/MDAH Voting Rights Act Film

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A few weeks ago we had the premiere screening of a new SouthDocs short about the 1965 Voting Rights in Mississippi, produced in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. You can now watch it on the MDAH YouTube page and below. Read more about the film on the MDAH website, too.

Interview and Lecture by Gilder-Jordan Speaker Theda Perdue Available

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GIlder-Jordan Lecture with Theda Perdue Recap Dr. Theda Perdue presented the 2015 Gilder-Jordan Lecture in Southern Cultural History on September 9. Her talk, partially inspired by the religious studies scholarship of Charles Reagan Wilson, was titled “Indians and Christianity in the New South.” On the morning of the lecture, Dr. Mikaëla M. Adams of the… Read More >

October – November LIVING BLUES Out Now

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The October 2015 issue of Living Blues features a cover story on Guy Davis, son of actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. In this revealing interview, Davis sees his music as an extension of his ancestry, reflecting the broad African American experience. Other interviews include a talk with California-based Henry Clement reflecting on his 60-plus year career stretching back to his work as a studio musician for the famed Excello label and part one of a two-part interview with producer and songwriter Quinton Claunch who helped found the Memphis-based Goldwax and Hi Record labels.

Continuing Education: Southern Studies Alums Pursue Doctorates, Write Dissertations

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While a Master of Arts degree can be the pinnacle of schoolwork for some students, others continue their foray through academia. Here are a few of the Southern Studies alums who, having decided to pursue a PhD in various fields, are working on or have nearly completed their dissertations. The MA program is known for producing graduates with diverse interests, and these topics reflect that diversity.

Voting Rights Act Film Screening Tuesday in Jackson

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On Tuesday, September 22 at 5:30pm, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History will host a screening of a new Southern Documentary Project film, 50 Years and Forward: The Voting Rights Act in Mississippi. The short film is a project of MDAH and SouthDocs, utilizing archival material from a number of MDAH collections to tell Mississippi stories through film.