Caroline Herring returns to Barnard Observatory on Feb. 27

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Concert by Caroline Herring to Honor Dr. charles Reagan Wilson Singer-songwriter Caroline Herring returns to Barnard Observatory for a special concert as part of the Porter Fortune Jr. History Symposium. The Symposium honors the recent retirement of Charles Reagan Wilson with a series of talks and panel discussions on the topic of Southern Religion and… Read More >

Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival

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Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival, Inc. Written by Jodi Skipper, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi. The Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival (LMGF), Inc. began on May 20th, 1958 when a group of civic-minded citizens living in the Free Town area of Lafayette, Louisiana gathered in the kitchen of Mrs. Thelma… Read More >

Listen to Dr. Jessie Wilkerson’s Brown Bag

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In case you missed Dr. Jessie Wilkerson’s Brown Bag lecture last Wednesday, take a listen here.  In her lecture titled “I’m a Southern, Farm Girl, Union, Democrat Feminist: Finding Feminism in the American South” she drew on oral history work done at the Southern Oral History Program at UNC. SouthDocs will be sharing more sound… Read More >

Rory Block to Perform Music of the South Concert Feb. 23

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Music of the South Concert With Rory Block on February 23 Heralded as “a living landmark” (Berkeley Express), “a national treasure” (Guitar Extra), and “one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists ” (Blues Revue), Rory Block has committed her life and her career to preserving the Delta blues tradition and bringing it to life… Read More >

New Living Blues Hits Newsstands

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This issue’s cover story is on McComb, Mississippi–native Vasti Jackson. Jackson is a real blues Renaissance man—skilled at nearly every facet of the music industry.

Wharton Photography Exhibit at the Ford Center

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David Wharton, Assistant Professor of Southern Studies and director of Documentary Studies at the Center, has an exhibit of photographs up in the beautiful gallery space at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts.  The photographs are taken from The Power of Belief: Spiritual Landscapes from the Rural South, forthcoming in late 2015.… Read More >

Meet Our Second Year MA Students

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As we kick off the spring semester, our second year MA students are hard at work on theses, internships, and documentary projects.  Below, a brief profile of each student.  These profiles, now with a few updates, originally came from a Southern Register article by Virginia Anderson in the fall of 2013 when the students arrived… Read More >

New Article by Dr. Combs Explores Race, Space, and Voter Suppression

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Assistant Professor of Sociology and Southern Studies Dr. Barbara Harris Combs has a new article in Critical Sociology exploring the construct of place and its role in race relations, specifically recent changes in voting rights laws.  Dr. Combs will teach a cross-listed African American Studies / Southern Studies course on Race, Place, and Space this… Read More >