In Elvis Presley: A Southern Life, Southern historian Joel Williamson, professor emeritus of the humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, takes on one of the greatest cultural icons of all time.
Ted Ownby, director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, wrote the foreword for the book, which is published by Oxford University Press.
One of the most compelling aspects of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture is its eclectic faculty, staff, and students. This fall the Center welcomed 12 new students into its Southern Studies MA program, all of whom contribute to the Center’s notable diversity.
Center Director Ted Ownby wrote the introduction for a new book on Elvis Presley by Joel Williamson, Elvis Presley: A Southern Life. Here, his thoughts on whether Southern Studies might’ve saved Presley. Elvis Presley died in 1977. That was the same year the Center for the Study of Southern Culture hosted its first events, and… Read More >
Mark Camarigg of Living Blues magazine with news of the 2015 Blues Today Symposium, this year focused on North Mississippi Hill Country Blues. Since 2003, Living Blues magazine has sponsored the Blues Today Symposium each spring on the University of Mississippi campus. The Symposium has featured such keynote speakers as Paul Oliver, Samuel Charters, and Bill Ferris… Read More >
Today, another guest post from a grad student, this time from a second year who is hard at work on her thesis. Virginia Anderson grew up in Staunton, Virginia and holds an undergraduate degree in English and religious studies from UM and a master’s in religious studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research… Read More >
This past weekend, Center institute the Southern Foodways Alliance hosted their 17th annual symposium. They posed the question “Who is welcome at the welcome table?” and presented three days of lectures, films, conversations, and meals exploring inclusion and exclusion in southern foodways. We’re proud of the SFA’s ability to generate thoughtful discussion of an experience… Read More >
We’ll feature an occasional post by our Southern Studies grad students. First up, Sophie Hay, who comes to us from the University of Birmingham in the U.K. She’s a first year in the Southern Studies Master’s program. Her research interests include the civil rights movement, gender, and African American literature. Thinking of applying to Graduate… Read More >
Double issue provides a guide for adventurers traveling the Mississippi Blues Trail Blues tourism in Mississippi is highlighted in the special October double-issue of Living Blues magazine. Focusing on more than 180 Mississippi Blues Trail markers, the issue spotlights the people, places and themes of the blues in Mississippi with hundreds of destinations including clubs,… Read More >
The Gammill Gallery in Barnard Observatory has a new exhibit of photographs by Pableaux Johnson. The gallery, which hosts about four exhibits of documentary photography each year, is free and open to the public 9am to 5pm, Monday – Friday. Pableaux Johnson is a writer and photographer based in New Orleans. His work has appeared regularly… Read More >
This article, by Dr. Jodi Skipper, originally appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of the Southern Register. Check out our archive of past Registers for more. Interpreting the Enslaved: The Behind the Big House Program in Holly Springs, Mississippi For the past two years, Southern Studies students have helped to fill gaps in Mississippi interpretations… Read More >