Spring 2016 Thesis Season at an End

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Congratulations to all of our Thesis and Internship Defenders! Our last defense of the season was yesterday. Below, a collection of our Instagram posts of each successful defender. [View the story “Spring 2016 Southern Studies Thesis Defenses” on Storify]

Jimmy Thomas on Charles Reagan Wilson the Teacher

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Thank you so much to the many who have given so far to the Charles Reagan Wilson Graduate Student Support Fund. To date we’ve raised $18,094 from 129 donors. The campaign, which concludes on May 11, is beginning to wind down. Please consider a gift to honor a great professor, and please share the fund… Read More >

Symposium Speaker Karl Hagstrom Miller on Research Inspiration, Segregating Sound, and Multidisciplinarity

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Symposium Speaker Karl Hagstrom Miller on Research Inspiration, Segregating Sound, and Multidisciplinarity Southern Studies graduate student Chris Colbeck interviewed Music of the South Symposium speaker Karl Hagstrom Miller on April 6, 2016. Chris, whose own thesis project is on music, interviewed Miller as part of a series of Southern Documentary Project interviews with Center speakers.… Read More >

Ted Ownby on the Resonance of the Charles Wilson Fund

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Ted Ownby on the Resonance of the Charles Wilson Grad Student Support Fund   Dear Friends, I encourage you to make a donation to the Charles Reagan Wilson Graduate Student Support Fund. The fund will support research projects for University of Mississippi students studying the American South. Charles Wilson taught History Department graduate students who… Read More >

The Center and History Department Launch an Ignite Campaign for the Charles Reagan Wilson Fund

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The Center and History Department Launch An Ignite Campaign for the Charles Reagan Wilson Fund In honor of Dr. Wilson’s retirement in May 2014 and long career supporting and guiding students, we created the Charles Reagan Wilson Graduate Student Support Fund, which will provide financial support for graduate students engaged in research in southern history.… Read More >

Guest Post by Sophie Hay for Recently-Admitted Grad Students

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If you’ve recently received an offer to join the Southern Studies M.A. program at the University of Mississippi, huge congratulations are in order! Well done on your success! I’d like to take this opportunity to offer you a big warm welcome on behalf of everyone at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture.

New STUDY THE SOUTH Essay by Aram Goudsouzian

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In 1973 the Memphis State Tigers reached the finals of the NCAA basketball tournament. Though they lost to UCLA, they inspired a civic myth. With each victory, the city’s enthusiasm ballooned, with paeans to stars Larry Finch, Ronnie Robinson, and Larry Kenon, as well as coach Gene Bartow. Politicians upheld the team as a vehicle of interracial unity, supposedly healing the scars from Martin Luther King’s assassination in 1968. This myth has elements of truth, as basketball provided common ground across lines of race and class. Yet it hides as much as it reveals. Success in basketball smoothed over Memphians’ anxieties about the university, the city, and the future of race relations. The story of this season thus illuminates how sports can not only foster racial progress, but also obscure racial divisions.