Dave Tell Discusses Emmett Till Wednesday

Dave Tell, Chancellor's Award Recipient, 2012 Ned Fleming Teaching Award

Dave Tell discusses Emmett Till Wednesday Dave Tell, who teaches history and the­ory of rhetoric courses on American public discourse in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas, discusses “The Emmett Till Memory Project” on Feb. 17. “I provide a material and intellectual history of this infrastructure, and explain how the digital… Read More >

Mississippi Arts Commission Honors Scott Barretta with Excellence in the Arts Award

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by Kelley Norris Scott Barretta, writer and researcher for the Mississippi Blues Trail and an adjunct instructor in sociology and anthropology at the University of Mississippi, has lived in the state for sixteen years, but his blues journey began long before his arrival here. A multidecade musical odys­sey has led Barretta to receiving the Mississippi… Read More >

Alum Katie King to Screen Film at Atlanta History Center Feb. 4

Katie King at the 2015 Porter Fortune Symposium. Photo by Sophie Hay.

Alum Katie King to Screen Film at Atlanta History Center Katie King (M.A. 2015) made a documentary film, The Sweet Auburn Curb Market, as part of her studies while in the graduate program at the Center. Katie will screen the film at the Atlanta History Center this Thursday, February 4 at 7pm. A panel discussion with… Read More >

Spring Brown Bag Lectures Announced

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The Brown Bag Luncheon Series sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture continues this spring with several diverse topics. All lectures take place on select Wednesdays at noon in the Tupelo Room of Barnard Observatory and are free and open to the public.

New Gammill Gallery Exhibit by Jaime Johnson

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Aligning with the tradition of Southern Gothic, Jaime Johnson’s Untamed articulates humankind’s capacity to decay as a marker of our identity. Set in the swamps and woods of Mississippi and Louisiana, natural places where one encounters life and death, growth and decay, Untamed depicts the fictitious story of a feral woman and her companions.

New STUDY THE SOUTH Essay by James Carson

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The South’s antiquity is here whether we want it or not. Our predicament is to decide whether or not we want to allow it to be here. To leave this past unseen and unstated is to accept the kind of amputated humanity we have been dealt by what we imagine to be a noble, if fraught, past. In reality, that past is just a story of theft. Legitimacy can’t be found nor can it be contrived. It can only be earned. We need to understand that what happened at Jamestown, and Stono, and Cowpens, and Appomattox, and Selma are in some ways just so many quick breaths taken in a very long life.

Journeyman Scholar: Adam Gussow Sings and Teaches the Blues

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New York native Adam Gussow arrived on a hot and humid University of Mississippi campus in August of 2002, harmonica in hand. The Center for Study of Southern Culture was in need of a blues expert at the time, and he was exactly what they were looking for. Gussow said moving from Vassar College in New York state to small-town Mississippi was a big transition, but it was an ideal one.

A Fond Farewell to Mark Camarigg of LIVING BLUES

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A Fond Farewell to MARK CAMARIGG of LIving Blues The Center says goodbye this month to our friend Mark Camarigg, who has worked as Publications Manager for Living Blues since 2003. Mark worked with Living Blues editor Brett Bonner on innovative ways to market and distribute the magazine, dealt with subscribers, maintained the website, oversaw… Read More >