SFA’s GRAVY Wins James Beard Award for Year’s Best Publication

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We are so proud of the Southern Foodways Alliance, which Friday evening won a James Beard Award for publication of the year for Gravy. Gravy is a quarterly magazine with an affiliated bi-weekly podcast. Sara Camp Arnold Milam is Gravy‘s managing editor, and John T. Edge is the editor-in-chief.  Tina Antolini produces and hosts Gravy… Read More >

SFA Films and Website Explore Restaurant Desegregation

Students from Tougaloo College stage a sit-in at the Woolworth’s lunch counter in downtown Jackson, Mississippi, in May 1963. Photo by Fred Blackwell

The Southern Foodways Alliance is hard at work talking about food and pop culture, their theme for 2015, but we wanted to make sure everyone saw their documentary work on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was part of their 2014 exploration of inclusion and exclusion in southern foodways. One part of this study… Read More >

CFP for SFA’s Grad Student Conference on Food & Pop Culture

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The Southern Foodways Alliance is hosting a Grad Student Conference on Food and Pop Culture September 10-11, 2015.  Two paragraph (200 hundred words or less) abstracts are due May 25.  All the details below. Pop Goes the Corn: 2015 Graduate Student Conference on Food and Pop Culture Presented by the Southern Foodways Alliance, the Center… Read More >

Dr. Jessie Wilkerson Wins Award for Best Dissertation

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We’re excited to congratulate faculty member Dr. Jessie Wilkerson, who just won an award for  her UNC dissertation, “Where Movements Meet: Women’s Activism in the Appalachian South, 1965–1980.” The Lerner-Scott Prize from the Organization of American Historians is awarded for the best dissertation in US women’s history. She accepted the award this weekend at the… Read More >

New Gammill Gallery Exhibit of Civil Rights Photographs by Jim Lucas

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The Gammill Gallery currently has an exhibit of photographs by Jim Lucas, taken between 1964 – 1968.  The photos document the search for civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, James Meredith’s 1966 March for Freedom, Robert F. Kennedy’s trip to the Delta, and others. The exhibit is from Delta State University’s… Read More >

Studying the Blues at the University of Mississippi

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Blues at the Center Article by Rebecca Lauck Cleary, originally published in the Winter 2015 Southern Register A Southern Studies program class description from Fall 1984 encouraged students to “Study the Land That Gave Birth to the Blues.” Since then, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and the University of Mississippi have continued… Read More >

Two New Study the South Articles on Writer Margaret Walker

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The Center’s journal Study the South has two new articles on writer Margaret Walker published in conjunction with the Oxford Conference for the Book. The conference, held March 25 – 27, honored the life and work of Walker. “Sister Act: Margaret Walker and Eudora Welty” is by Walker biographer Carolyn J. Brown. The essay examines… Read More >

Blues Symposium to focus on hill country music

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April 9 event free, open to the public Click Here for a Full Schedule North Mississippi’s distinctive hill country music is the subject of this year’s Blues Today Symposium at the University of Mississippi. Set for Thursday, April 9 in the Blues Archive on the third floor of the J.D. Williams, the program examines the… Read More >

Director’s Column: Studying Peace and the South

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In the Fall of 2015, there will be a Southern Studies special topics course on Peace and Southern Culture taught by Dr. Ted Ownby.  Learn more about it here. The following post is taken from Dr. Ownby’s Director’s Column from the Winter 2015 Southern Register, where he discusses the origins of his idea for the… Read More >

Oxford Conference for the Book highlights Margaret Walker

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Sessions are free, open to the public OXFORD, Miss. – A National Book Award winner, popular television show writers, and a centennial birthday commemoration are all planned for the 2015 Oxford Conference for the Book, set for March 25-27. Presented by the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture and Square Books,… Read More >