Apply to our MA Program in Southern Studies

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The Center welcomes applications to our Master’s degree program in Southern Studies, the first and only degree of its kind. The program offers an intense interdisciplinary curriculum touching on many facets of Southern life, history, and culture.

New MISSISSIPPI STORY: Documenting the South in Film

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We’ve just posted a new Mississippi Story, a collection of excerpts from Dr. Andy Harper’s Fall 2016 Documenting the South in Film course. The student films tell stories about education, violence, activism, art, race, sexuality, and music in contemporary Mississippi.

Center Welcomes Incoming Graduate Classes

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This fall, southern studies launches its new master of fine arts in documentary expression program. The goal of this new program is to teach students who already possess considerable skill and experience in documentary techniques and interdisciplinary scholarship to produce documentary films, photography, or audio projects of high quality. The background for this idea is that the southern studies MA program has graduated numerous students who, as they complete the program, say they wish they had the time and attention to apply their newly learned skills to a polished project.

New Exhibit Features Work by Documentary Photography Students

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The photographs in this exhibit are from last spring’s Southern Studies seminar in documentary photography taught by David Wharton. The students’ semester-long assignment was to construct a visual inquiry of north Mississippi, paying special attention to comparing some of the area’s small communities to bustling, college-town Oxford.

Workshop Students Document the Arts in Oxford

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Last week, we hosted a three-day documentary workshop for 11 incoming and current MA students in Southern Studies and students in the new MFA in Documentary Expression program. Documentarians Andy Harper, John Rash, and Rex Jones of the Southern Documentary Project and Ava Lowrey and Sara Wood of the Southern Foodways Alliance taught the workshop.

Ralph Eubanks to Serve as Visiting Professor at UM

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Alumnus and author will teach courses in Southern studies and English OXFORD, Miss. – Author and journalist Ralph Eubanks returns to the University of Mississippi this fall, this time as a visiting professor. The Mount Olive native will teach a Southern studies course this fall and an English course during the spring semester. His Southern… Read More >

2017 SST Paper and Project Awards Announced

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2017 SST Paper and Project Awards Announced Today at our annual Southern Studies Graduation Lunch honoring BA and MA graduates of the program, we announced paper and documentary projects awards. Kathryn James, Gray Award for undergraduate scholarship in Southern Studies: “African American Kitchen Workers in a University of Mississippi Greek House,” a SST 401 paper,… Read More >

Grad Student Guest Post: What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do

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Graduate school comes to us all in different ways: you might read a book that piques your interest, you might have a passion for a particular cuisine, you might have a career goal that requires a higher degree. Or you could be like me, and apply to graduate school because you’re just not sure what’s coming next. Two years ago I was finishing up a student teaching internship that just wasn’t fitting and I found myself wondering what on earth would come next, often out loud and often to my dog.

Meet our First-Year MA Students!

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This year’s incoming class of graduate students includes two international students and others from all areas of the United States. They have a wide variety of backgrounds and ideas, but all share a common interest in the South.