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

Barb Combs

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 >

Wintersession Course Explores Southern Music

Darren Grem

Wintersession Course Explores Southern Music

Dr. Darren Grem is currently teaching History 399, a Wintersession course on Southern Music History. He created a playlist representative of different genres, and students are listening to the songs before class.

Lee Bains III to perform solo show Jan. 27

Photo by Zach Wolfe. Originally published in The Bitter Southerner

Music of the South concert series continues Lee Bains III brings his distinct Southern rock and soul to the University of Mississippi for a solo performance Jan. 27 as part of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture’s Music of the South concert series. Bains, a songwriter from Birmingham, Alabama, who lives in Atlanta,… Read More >

22nd Annual Oxford Conference for the Book Dedicated to Margaret Walker

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Coming up March 25-27, 2015 The 22nd Annual Oxford Conference for the Book (OCB) will celebrate books, reading, and the significant contributions made to American letters by Mississippi writer Margaret Walker. The conference convenes fiction and nonfiction writers, journalists, poets, publishers, teachers, and students for three days of readings, lectures, panels, workshops, and social events… Read More >

Southern Studies Grad Katie Blount New Director of MDAH

Katherine Blount,
Courtesy the Mississippi Department of Archives and History

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2014 Southern Register.  Check out the Register online here. Southern Studies Graduate Tapped to Lead MDAH A Southern Studies MA graduate, Katherine Blount, has been named the seventh director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. The Board of Trustees made the decision at a special meeting… Read More >

SST 601 in the Field

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Southern Studies 601 is a required course for all SST MA students, and most take it during their first semester.  This fall, Dr. Katie McKee taught the course.  In addition to reading a book a week (including Grace Hale’s Making Whiteness, Randall Kenan’s Let the Dead Bury Their Dead, Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!, and Zandria Robinson’s This… Read More >

New Gammill Gallery Exhibit by Alysia Burton Steele

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The Gammill Gallery in Barnard Observatory has a new exhibit by Alysia Burton Steele.  Steele is Assistant Professor in the UM Meek School of Journalism and New Media.  Learn more about her exhibit, “Delta Jewels,” below in her artist’s statement. The exhibit will be up through January 31, 2015. DELTA JEWELS: In Search of My… Read More >

More about the new Elvis biography by Joel Williamson

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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.