October – November LIVING BLUES Out Now

The October 2015 issue of Living Blues features a cover story on Guy Davis, son of actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. In this revealing interview, Davis sees his music as an extension of his ancestry, reflecting the broad African American experience. Other interviews include a talk with California-based Henry Clement reflecting on his 60-plus year career stretching back to his work as a studio musician for the famed Excello label and part one of a two-part interview with producer and songwriter Quinton Claunch who helped found the Memphis-based Goldwax and Hi Record labels.

Continuing Education: Southern Studies Alums Pursue Doctorates, Write Dissertations

While a Master of Arts degree can be the pinnacle of schoolwork for some students, others continue their foray through academia. Here are a few of the Southern Studies alums who, having decided to pursue a PhD in various fields, are working on or have nearly completed their dissertations. The MA program is known for producing graduates with diverse interests, and these topics reflect that diversity.

Lyndon Johnson is focus of Wednesday’s Brown Bag Lecture

The Brown Bag Lecture Series continues Wednesday, Sept. 23 with John Bullion, professor of history at the University of Missouri. His lecture is titled “Segregation or Pork?  Lyndon Johnson, Civil Rights, and the Democratic Party in the South, 1964-1966.” Bullion became interested in Lyndon Johnson 15 years ago, and the published a memoir of his… Read More >

Voting Rights Act Film Screening Tuesday in Jackson

On Tuesday, September 22 at 5:30pm, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History will host a screening of a new Southern Documentary Project film, 50 Years and Forward: The Voting Rights Act in Mississippi. The short film is a project of MDAH and SouthDocs, utilizing archival material from a number of MDAH collections to tell Mississippi stories through film.

Brown Bag Lectures begin with ‘Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South’

The Brown Bag Lunch and Lecture Series kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 16 with Charles Hughes, a Memphis Center Postdoctoral Fellow at Rhodes College. Hughes offers a provocative reinterpretation of the 1960s and 70s, a key moment in American popular music and challenges the conventional wisdom about race in southern recording studios and the music that… Read More >

New STUDY THE SOUTH Article by Jaime Cantrell

Center journal Study the South has a new article by Jaime Cantrell, “Put a Taste of the South in Your Mouth: Carnal Appetites and Intersextionality.”

Jaime Cantrell’s essay reveals the tactile resonances, social dimensions, and affective possibilities of thinking sex through southern food in fiction and poetry from Dorothy Allison, doris davenport, and Minnie Bruce Pratt.

Center Faculty and Students Visit Site of Till Trial

Last Friday, August 28, was the 60th Anniversary of the murder of Emmett Till in Money, Mississippi. On Saturday, the Emmett Till Interpretive Center in Sumner hosted several commemoration events, including tours of the newly renovated Sumner County Courthouse, where Till’s murderers were acquitted. Faculty members Ted Ownby, Jessie Wilkerson, Jodi Skipper, Katie McKee, and David Wharton attended the commemoration with several grad students. Below