Odie Lindsey reads from his new book of short stories, We Come to Our Senses, this summer at bookstores across the South. Odie, an alum of the Southern Studies MA program, also worked as an editor of the Mississippi Encyclopedia.
Published in 2011, the Sports volume of the New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture featured a biographical essay on Pat Summitt, written by Dr. Charles Reagan Wilson.
The June 2016 issue of Living Blues features a cover story on guitarist and singer Barbara Lynn, best known for her 1962 hit You’ll Lose a Good Thing. From learning to play guitar in her youth to being sampled by rapper Lil’ Wayne, the Beaumont, Texas native looks back on her 54-year career.
Melanie Young feels as though she’s come home since she’s been hired as the new publication manager of Living Blues magazine. She first began working with the magazine in 2009 as the circulation manager, and also had an editorial internship with the publication. Since then, she’s been a contributing writer for Living Blues and even wrote her Southern Studies master’s thesis on the magazine in 2012.
Blues musician Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton was in town a few weeks ago to play a concert as part of the World Championship Old Time Piano Playing Contest, and Southern Studies graduate student Chris Colbeck sat down with Paxton to talk about southern music. Watch the interview below.
Shake ‘Em on Down: The Blues According to Fred McDowell, a SouthDocs film by Joe York and Scott Barretta, has been selected as a 2016 Southern Circuit film.
With apologies for the delay, here are some photos of the graduating Southern Studies class of 2016, including BA and MA students. Awards and class photo by Jimmy Thomas, photos in gowns by me.
Center Presents Free Concert by Alphonso Sanders in the Grove June 12 Jazz musician Alphonso Sanders plays in the Grove at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 12 as part of the month-long Summer Sunset Series. The concert is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and is free and open to the public.… Read More >
A New Encyclopedia Tribute to Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali died this past Friday, on June 3. The following biographical essay by Jimmy Thomas on the boxing great and civil rights leader was included in the Gender volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Muhammad Ali (b. 1942) Boxer. “Float like a butterfly, sting like… Read More >
Jessica Wilkerson, assistant professor of history and Southern Studies, trades Oxford, Mississippi, for Cambridge, Massachusetts, during the 2016–17 academic year as part of the Visiting Scholars Program at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.