David Wharton has received the 2017 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award in Photography for his recent book, The Power of Belief: Spiritual Landscapes from the Rural South.
The Center for the Study of Southern Culture and the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies, in collaboration with other departments and centers at the University of Mississippi, are cosponsoring a series of lectures, roundtables, and presentations in April 2017 under the umbrella “The Radical South.” The month-long series seeks to complicate conventional narratives about the South, southern identity, race, and romanticized notions of region.
You can now watch the SouthDocs film Shake ‘Em on Down by Joe York and Scott Barretta online through the Reel South initiative. Reel South is the result of a partnership between UNC-TV and SCETV and the Southern Documentary Fund, and highlights the documentaries from around the region, making them available through public broadcasting stations.
The Center will partner with the Mississippi Humanities Council to host a free and open to the public conversation on issues related to equitable access to affordable housing on March 2. The Ideas on Tap event, “Ideas on Tap: What Happened to Affordable Housing?” will be held at Proud Larry’s from 5pm to 6:30pm.
Work on a Center project that began in 2003 is at long last winding up. The Mississippi Encyclopedia—a mammoth collaboration that includes over 1,600 entries, 1,451 pages, and features more than 700 scholars who wrote entries on every county, every governor, and numerous musicians, writers, artists, and activists—will be in print and for sale this May. This is the first encyclopedic treatment of the state since 1907.
The February/March 2017 issue of Living Blues features Hill Country bluesman Cedric Burnside on the cover. The grandson of the late R. L. Burnside, Cedric’s star is on the rise, and he is dedicated to keeping the sound of the Hill Country alive. Guitarist Kenny Brown was also raised in the tradition, and he shares his memories of playing with the Burnsides, Junior Kimbrough, Joe Callicott and others.