Center Welcomes New Historian Jessica Wilkerson

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This fall, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and the Department of History will welcome Jessica Wilkerson as a new assistant professor of history and Southern Studies. Wilkerson comes to the university from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she completed her doctoral work in the field of women’s and gender history.

Hamilton Wins Prize for Documentary Work

Anna Hamilton Wins Ann Abadie Award

Hamilton’s thesis, “Bottling Hell: Myth-making, Cultural Identity, and the Datil Pepper of St. Augustine,” was the winner of the Ann Abadie Award for Documentary Media. The annual award goes to the Southern Studies student (undergraduate or graduate) with the best documentary film, photography project, audio recording, or website.

Date Set for Broadcast Premiere of The Toughest Job: William Winter’s Mississippi

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Attention, Mississippians.  The broadcast premiere of the Southern Documentary Project’s The Toughest Job: William Winter’s Mississippi will be Thursday, October 2 at 8pm on Mississippi Public Broadcasting. The film, made by Matthew Graves, tells the story of former Mississippi Governor William Winter’s career in politics with an emphasis on his hard-fought battle to reform education… Read More >

Grad Student Receives Summer Internship Grant

Lindsey Reynolds Receives Summer Internship Grant

Lindsey Reynolds, a Southern Studies graduate student and Nathalie Dupree Graduate Fellow with the Southern Foodways Alliance, received a grant from the Julian and Kathryn Wiener Endowment to fund her summer internship at Garden & Gun magazine in Charleston, South Carolina.

Fall Brown Bag Lectures Announced

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We’re excited to announce the line-up for our fall Brown Bag Lectures.  Lectures are open to the public and take place each Wednesday at noon during the school year in Barnard Observatory. The first lecture of the semester will be Wednesday, September 3, and the last will be on November 19. If you’re on the UM… Read More >

August Issue of Living Blues on Newstands

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The August issue of Living Blues magazine is available now.  The issue features a cover story on the state of the blues harp, highlighting the still-vibrant world of blues harmonica and profiling emerging harp players like Grady Champion, Russ Green, Omar Coleman, Bud Carson, Professor Harp, Orange Jefferson, Greg Izor, and more. The new issue… Read More >

Jacquelyn Dowd Hall to Give Gilder-Jordan Lecture September 24

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The 2014 Gilder-Jordan Lecture in Southern Cultural History will take place on Wednesday, September 24 at 7pm in Nutt Auditorium on the University of Mississippi campus. This year’s lecturer will be Jacquelyn Dowd Hall of the University of North Carolina, and she will present “How We Tell About the Civil Rights Movement and Why It… Read More >

Two New STUDY THE SOUTH Calls for Papers

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The Center’s journal Study the South, launched in July 2014, has just issued two new calls for papers, one exploring the life and work of writer Margaret Walker, and another blues in the American South.  Each paper will coincide with a Center outreach event in the spring of 2015. Call for Papers: Margaret Walker See… Read More >