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 >

SST and Sociology Professor Barbara Combs Explores Legacy of Selma

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Many, including several of our Southern Studies students and alumni, traveled to Selma, Alabama earlier this month to be part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery march.  We hope to share their stories and photos on the blog soon.  In the meantime,we recommend From Selma to Montgomery: The Long… Read More >

SouthDocs Films to be Shown at Oxford Film Festival Feb. 26 – Mar. 1

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SouthDocs FilmS to Be Screened THIS WEEK at 2015 Oxford Film Festival The Oxford Film Festival’s 12th annual festival will be held February 26–March 1, 2015, at the Oxford Commons Malco, 206 Commonwealth Blvd., Oxford. The opening night event includes the Mississippi premiere of James Franco’s adaptation of The Sound and The Fury. Films by the Southern… Read More >