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

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

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

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.

Alumni Story: Presenting Southern Culture

These Southern Studies alumni are in very different professions, with one common thread: presenting southern culture to the public, whether it is through historic preservation, working in the visual arts, showcasing the correspondence of our third president, or helping artists and arts institutions with funding.

Music of the South Symposium to Explore Defining and Presenting Traditional Music

Music of the South Symposium:Defining and Presenting Tradition in Southern Music – Wednesday, April 6, 2016 This spring’s Music of the South Symposium will investigate the creation and performance of the South’s various traditional music forms. The one-day symposium, “Defining and Presenting Traditional Music,” sponsored by the Center, Living Blues magazine, and the Blues Archive,… Read More >

Michael Pierce Gives Brown Bag Lecture This Wednesday

Michael Pierce Gives Brown Bag Lecture This Wednesday Michael Pierce, associate professor of history at the University of Arkansas, gives this Wednesday’s Brown Bag Lecture on “The Making of Walmart America: The Rise and Fall of New Deal Liberalism in Arkansas, 1941-1992.” Michael Pierce is associate professor of history at the University of Arkansas.  He… Read More >

Brown Bag Speaker Interviews by Grad Student Chris Colbeck

This school year, grad student Chris Colbeck, working with the Southern Documentary Project, has done a series of interviews with speakers following their Brown Bag talks. Interviews have included questions about research inspiration and methods, the role of the academy in understanding public policy, and teaching James Agee and Walker Evans.

Margaret McMullan Gives Special Lecture Wednesday

Margaret McMullan Gives Special Lecture Wednesday On Wednesday March 2, to begin the 23rd annual Oxford Conference for the Book, Margaret McMullan gives a special Brown Bag at 11 a.m. in the Faulkner Room in Archives and Special Collections at the J. D. Williams Library. McMullan is the author of seven award-winning novels, including her… Read More >

SST Grad Student Amanda Malloy Wins Grand Prize of the UM 3MT Competition

By being able to succinctly develop her communication and presentation skills, Amanda Malloy, a second-year Southern Studies MA student, won the University of Mississippi’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. She will go on to the regional competition in Charlotte, North Carolina, in February as part of the Conference for Southern Graduate Schools.