New Living Blues Hits Newsstands

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This issue’s cover story is on McComb, Mississippi–native Vasti Jackson. Jackson is a real blues Renaissance man—skilled at nearly every facet of the music industry.

Wharton Photography Exhibit at the Ford Center

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David Wharton, Assistant Professor of Southern Studies and director of Documentary Studies at the Center, has an exhibit of photographs up in the beautiful gallery space at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts.  The photographs are taken from The Power of Belief: Spiritual Landscapes from the Rural South, forthcoming in late 2015.… Read More >

Meet Our Second Year MA Students

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As we kick off the spring semester, our second year MA students are hard at work on theses, internships, and documentary projects.  Below, a brief profile of each student.  These profiles, now with a few updates, originally came from a Southern Register article by Virginia Anderson in the fall of 2013 when the students arrived… Read More >

New Article by Dr. Combs Explores Race, Space, and Voter Suppression

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Assistant Professor of Sociology and Southern Studies Dr. Barbara Harris Combs has a new article in Critical Sociology exploring the construct of place and its role in race relations, specifically recent changes in voting rights laws.  Dr. Combs will teach a cross-listed African American Studies / Southern Studies course on Race, Place, and Space this… Read More >

Wintersession Course Explores Southern Music

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Wintersession Course Explores Southern Music

Dr. Darren Grem is currently teaching History 399, a Wintersession course on Southern Music History. He created a playlist representative of different genres, and students are listening to the songs before class.

22nd Annual Oxford Conference for the Book Dedicated to Margaret Walker

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Coming up March 25-27, 2015 The 22nd Annual Oxford Conference for the Book (OCB) will celebrate books, reading, and the significant contributions made to American letters by Mississippi writer Margaret Walker. The conference convenes fiction and nonfiction writers, journalists, poets, publishers, teachers, and students for three days of readings, lectures, panels, workshops, and social events… Read More >

Southern Studies Grad Katie Blount New Director of MDAH

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This article originally appeared in the Fall 2014 Southern Register.  Check out the Register online here. Southern Studies Graduate Tapped to Lead MDAH A Southern Studies MA graduate, Katherine Blount, has been named the seventh director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. The Board of Trustees made the decision at a special meeting… Read More >

SST 601 in the Field

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Southern Studies 601 is a required course for all SST MA students, and most take it during their first semester.  This fall, Dr. Katie McKee taught the course.  In addition to reading a book a week (including Grace Hale’s Making Whiteness, Randall Kenan’s Let the Dead Bury Their Dead, Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!, and Zandria Robinson’s This… Read More >

Sounds of the South Now on Soundcloud

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Starting in the fall of 2010, the Southern Documentary Project, an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, began producing Sounds of the South, a radio program based on music entries from the Music volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.