Student Awards for Papers, Documentary Projects Announced at Graduation

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Student Awards for Papers, Documentary Projects Announced at Graduation Gray Prize for one of the two best papers by SST undergraduates: Joel Hayes-Davis for “Local Southern Identity as Defined through Foodways” Coterie Award for one of the two best papers by SST undergraduates: Anna McCollum, “What is Today’s South?” Peter Aschoff Award for the best… Read More >

Spring 2016 Thesis Season at an End

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Congratulations to all of our Thesis and Internship Defenders! Our last defense of the season was yesterday. Below, a collection of our Instagram posts of each successful defender. [View the story “Spring 2016 Southern Studies Thesis Defenses” on Storify]

The Center and History Department Launch an Ignite Campaign for the Charles Reagan Wilson Fund

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The Center and History Department Launch An Ignite Campaign for the Charles Reagan Wilson Fund In honor of Dr. Wilson’s retirement in May 2014 and long career supporting and guiding students, we created the Charles Reagan Wilson Graduate Student Support Fund, which will provide financial support for graduate students engaged in research in southern history.… Read More >

New STUDY THE SOUTH Essay by Aram Goudsouzian

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In 1973 the Memphis State Tigers reached the finals of the NCAA basketball tournament. Though they lost to UCLA, they inspired a civic myth. With each victory, the city’s enthusiasm ballooned, with paeans to stars Larry Finch, Ronnie Robinson, and Larry Kenon, as well as coach Gene Bartow. Politicians upheld the team as a vehicle of interracial unity, supposedly healing the scars from Martin Luther King’s assassination in 1968. This myth has elements of truth, as basketball provided common ground across lines of race and class. Yet it hides as much as it reveals. Success in basketball smoothed over Memphians’ anxieties about the university, the city, and the future of race relations. The story of this season thus illuminates how sports can not only foster racial progress, but also obscure racial divisions.

Music of the South Symposium to Explore Defining and Presenting Traditional Music

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Music of the South Symposium:Defining and Presenting Tradition in Southern Music – Wednesday, April 6, 2016 This spring’s Music of the South Symposium will investigate the creation and performance of the South’s various traditional music forms. The one-day symposium, “Defining and Presenting Traditional Music,” sponsored by the Center, Living Blues magazine, and the Blues Archive,… Read More >

SST Grad Student Amanda Malloy Wins Grand Prize of the UM 3MT Competition

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By being able to succinctly develop her communication and presentation skills, Amanda Malloy, a second-year Southern Studies MA student, won the University of Mississippi’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. She will go on to the regional competition in Charlotte, North Carolina, in February as part of the Conference for Southern Graduate Schools.

Clothing and Fashion in Southern History Symposium Next Week

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Clothing and Fashion in Southern History February 22 – 23, 2016 The Center will host a symposium on Clothing and Fashion in Southern History on February 22 – 23. The symposium will convene scholars from the fields of history and cultural studies who will contribute essays to a forthcoming book on the subject. The scholars… Read More >

Mississippi Arts Commission Honors Scott Barretta with Excellence in the Arts Award

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by Kelley Norris Scott Barretta, writer and researcher for the Mississippi Blues Trail and an adjunct instructor in sociology and anthropology at the University of Mississippi, has lived in the state for sixteen years, but his blues journey began long before his arrival here. A multidecade musical odys­sey has led Barretta to receiving the Mississippi… Read More >