New SFA Oral History Project Looks at Houston

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All this week the Southern Foodways Alliance blog will present oral histories from a new project on Houston, Texas.  Amy C. Evans, in her last marvelous act as SFA Senior Oral Historian, looked at how Asian restaurants were redefining Houston foodways. Check out the the project page.  Like all SFA oral history projects, the interviews… Read More >

SouthDocs Film Tells of Governor Winter’s Battle for Education Reform

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The Toughest Job: William Winter’s Mississippi, a documentary directed by Matthew Graves for the University of Mississippi’s Southern Documentary Project (SouthDocs), chronicles the life and career of Mississippi’s 57th Governor William Winter and his fight to pass the 1982 Education Reform Bill. Broadcast Premiere October 2 Mississippi Public Broadcasting will air the premiere statewide broadcast… Read More >

SFA/Winter Institute Grad Student Conference to include talk by Author of CITIZEN COKE

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Beginning this Thursday, September 25, the Southern Foodways Alliance and the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation will host a graduate student conference at the University of Mississippi to study inclusion and exclusion in American foodways. Here’s how the SFA and Winter Institute describe the mission of the conference, which will bring grad students from… Read More >

Feder Family Gift Supports Study of Southern Music

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We kicked off this year’s Music of the South Concert Series earlier this week with a performance by the band Feufollet.  Here, a story from the Southern Register about Ron and Becky Feder and their family, long-time supporters of the Center and its efforts to study music. This article originally appeared in the Spring 2014… Read More >

Jacquelyn Dowd Hall to lecture Sept. 24

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OXFORD, Miss. – Exploring the civil rights movement’s importance to continuing efforts for social justice is the focus of this year’s Gilder-Jordan Lecture in Southern History at the University of Mississippi. Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, the recently retired Julia Cherry Spruill Professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, speaks at 7 p.m. Sept. 24… Read More >

Storytime with SouthDocs: Rex Jones Explores the Longleaf Pine

Longleaf Pine Ecosystem Subject of Latest SouthDocs Project

Southern Documentary Project producer Rex Jones is merging a love of nature and storytelling with his latest film about the longleaf pine ecosystem. Jones, who specialized in natural resources media and nature videography while earning an MFA in science and natural-history filmmaking from Montana State University, hopes to incorporate both of his interests in this documentary.

Center Welcomes New Historian Jessica Wilkerson

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This fall, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and the Department of History will welcome Jessica Wilkerson as a new assistant professor of history and Southern Studies. Wilkerson comes to the university from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she completed her doctoral work in the field of women’s and gender history.

Hamilton Wins Prize for Documentary Work

Anna Hamilton Wins Ann Abadie Award

Hamilton’s thesis, “Bottling Hell: Myth-making, Cultural Identity, and the Datil Pepper of St. Augustine,” was the winner of the Ann Abadie Award for Documentary Media. The annual award goes to the Southern Studies student (undergraduate or graduate) with the best documentary film, photography project, audio recording, or website.