Director’s Column: Studying Peace and the South

Ted Ownby, Center Director

In the Fall of 2015, there will be a Southern Studies special topics course on Peace and Southern Culture taught by Dr. Ted Ownby.  Learn more about it here. The following post is taken from Dr. Ownby’s Director’s Column from the Winter 2015 Southern Register, where he discusses the origins of his idea for the… Read More >

SST and Sociology Professor Barbara Combs Explores Legacy of Selma

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Many, including several of our Southern Studies students and alumni, traveled to Selma, Alabama earlier this month to be part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery march.  We hope to share their stories and photos on the blog soon.  In the meantime,we recommend From Selma to Montgomery: The Long… Read More >

SouthDocs Films to be Shown at Oxford Film Festival Feb. 26 – Mar. 1

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SouthDocs FilmS to Be Screened THIS WEEK at 2015 Oxford Film Festival The Oxford Film Festival’s 12th annual festival will be held February 26–March 1, 2015, at the Oxford Commons Malco, 206 Commonwealth Blvd., Oxford. The opening night event includes the Mississippi premiere of James Franco’s adaptation of The Sound and The Fury. Films by the Southern… Read More >

Listen to Dr. Jessie Wilkerson’s Brown Bag

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In case you missed Dr. Jessie Wilkerson’s Brown Bag lecture last Wednesday, take a listen here.  In her lecture titled “I’m a Southern, Farm Girl, Union, Democrat Feminist: Finding Feminism in the American South” she drew on oral history work done at the Southern Oral History Program at UNC. SouthDocs will be sharing more sound… Read More >

Rory Block to Perform Music of the South Concert Feb. 23

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Music of the South Concert With Rory Block on February 23 Heralded as “a living landmark” (Berkeley Express), “a national treasure” (Guitar Extra), and “one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists ” (Blues Revue), Rory Block has committed her life and her career to preserving the Delta blues tradition and bringing it to life… Read More >

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 >