Diverse Slate of Spring Brown Bag Lectures Begins Today

Weekly sessions starting today cover topics from state politics and civil rights struggles to gay truckers and jazz Written by Rebecca Lauck Cleary The Brown Bag Lunch and Lecture Series sponsored by the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture continues this spring with topics ranging from Brazilian dance to gay truck… Read More >

Get your master’s degree in Southern Studies

The University of Mississippi had the first MA program in Southern Studies, with the first students entering the program in 1986. The Southern Studies graduate program is a two-year interdisciplinary program, with faculty in literature, history, sociology, anthropology, music, foodways, religion, documentary studies, and other fields. Set in the Center for the Study of Southern… Read More >

Earn your MFA in Documentary Expression

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply to the Center’s Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Expression program, which began in the fall of 2017. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2019. The MFA is a two-year (30-hour) graduate program that combines coursework in Southern Studies and interdisciplinary fields with advanced training in photography, film,… Read More >

MFA Showcase Gives Students Experience Presenting Their Work

By Rebecca Lauck Cleary As a finale to the fall semester, the students in the MFA for Documentary Expression program showcased recently completed film and photography projects. John Rash, producer/director for the Southern Documentary Project, said the event was an impressive exhibition of the multiple talents of all of the MFA students and what they… Read More >

Studying about another presidential visit to Mississippi

Written by Ted Ownby Hearing that Donald Trump is returning to Mississippi to campaign for Cindy Hyde-Smith raises all sorts of intriguing issues about the senate race and contemporary politics. But for me, a Trump visit raises one specific question: did Donald Trump quote my words on an earlier trip to the state? In December… Read More >

Richman considers photography and gender in today’s Brown Bag

For the Brown Bag Lecture at noon Nov. 7 in the Tupelo Room of Barnard Observatory, Lisa Richman is interested in the ways images can reinforce, script, or challenge the national imaginary of who is a citizen. Historians and artists have examined the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information (FSA-OWI) Photographic Collection as a broad… Read More >

Becca Walton to join community of St. Anselm

Becca Walton will be leaving the Center in September, as she embarks on a new adventure. For the next year, she will be living in in London, England, in the Community of St. Anselm. The monastic community offers a spiritual formation for people age 25-34. “I applied to be part of the community in order… Read More >

August/September LIVING BLUES Looks at Protest in the Blues

Living Blues#256 (August/September 2018) takes a look at protest in the blues. There have been songs of protest throughout the history of the blues and in this issue we trace a sampling of the voices of dissent over the decades and then turn our gaze to several contemporary musicians and their strong voices of dissent.  

Study the South Announces Recipient of Research Fellowship

The Center for the Study of Southern Culture is pleased to announce that Bobby J. Smith II is the first recipient of the Study the SouthResearch Fellowship. The award provides the opportunity for funded research in the collections of the Department of Archives and Special Collections at the J. D. Williams Library at the University of Mississippi.

Check out the June/July LIVING BLUES

Living Blues #255 (June/July 2018) features Louisiana bluesman Chris Thomas King on the cover. A second generation Baton Rouge bluesman, King has been making records for more than 30 years and over that time his perception of the blues and where it came from has evolved and broadened. King discusses his early years with his father, Tabby Thomas, and his forthcoming book about the origins of the blues.