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.

Gilder-Jordan Lecture Recap: Edward L. Ayers

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Edward L. Ayers of the University of Richmond was our 2016 Gilder-Jordan Lecturer on Wednesday, September 7. The Gilder-Jordan lecturer spends the day with faculty and students from the Center and History Department before delivering the evening lecture.

First Center Documentary Workshop Introduces Filmmaking to Southern Studies Students

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First Center Documentary Workshop Introduces Filmmaking to Southern Studies Students The Center held its first Documentary Workshop for Southern Studies graduate students August 15-17. Over three days, incoming first years Rachel Childs and Victoria Deleone and second year Rebecca Lauck Cleary learned approaches to documentary fieldwork, how to compose and shoot an interview, and how… Read More >

Photos from Graduation

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With apologies for the delay, here are some photos of the graduating Southern Studies class of 2016, including BA and MA students. Awards and class photo by Jimmy Thomas, photos in gowns by me.

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 >

The Charles Reagan Wilson Fund Campaign Reaches 109%

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Thank you so much to all of the generous donors who supported the Charles Reagan Wilson Graduate Student Support Fund through Ignite Ole Miss. We reached 100% of our goal of $25,000 on Monday, two days before the deadline. The campaign ended last night, and we’ve now raised $27,346 from 185 donors. Everyone at the Center has enjoyed watching the donor wall grow with the names of friends and alumni–thank you!

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]