Lee Bains III to perform solo show Jan. 27

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Meet Our First Year Graduate Students

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.

Ted Ownby on Elvis Presley as a Southern Studies Student

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 >

Save the Date for the 2015 Blues Today Symposium

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 >