Feb
17
Wed
Brown Bag Lecture: The Emmett Till Memory Project @ Barnard Observatory, Tupelo Room
Feb 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Dave Tell, communications professor at the University of Kansas, explains how the digital humanities may revolutionize how we remember Emmett Till.

Brown Bag Lectures take place on select Wednesdays during the fall and spring semesters in the Tupelo Room in the west wing of Barnard Observatory. Brown Bags last one hour and are free and open to the public.

Feb
19
Fri
Food Media South Presented by the Southern Foodways Alliance
Feb 19 – Feb 20 all-day
Food Media South Presented by the Southern Foodways Alliance @ Birmingham | Alabama | United States
The second annual Food Media South symposium, offered by the Southern Foodways Alliance, is set for February 19–20 in Birmingham, Alabama. Learn more here.

Feb
22
Mon
Symposium on Clothing and Fashion in Southern History @ University of Mississippi
Feb 22 – Feb 23 all-day

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 include Laura Edwards (Duke University), Grace Elizabeth Hale (University of Virginia), Jessamyn Hatcher (New York University), Katie Knowles (Smithsonian), Pableaux Johnson (New Orleans), Thuy Linh Tu (New York University), Lawrence McDonnell (Iowa State University), Jonathan Prude (Emory University), Blain Roberts (California State University, Fresno), William Sturkey (University of North Carolina), Susannah Walker (Buckingham Brown & Nichols School), and Sarah Weicksel (Smithsonian). The Center’s Ted Ownby and Becca Walton are organizers of the symposium, which is part of the Future of the South series.

Topics will include, among others, slavery and dress, issues of clothing in secession and Civil War, clothing and textile mill labor, cloth and clothing and who sold them, sewing programs run by state and federal agencies, Mardi Gras Indians, and second hand clothing as part of philanthropy and counterculture. Some scholars will present papers, others will present short discussions to encourage discussion. Jonathan Prude of Emory University will make closing remarks.

“Part of why this is so exciting,” said Ownby, “is that it brings together people who have written a great deal about clothing and fashion with others who are just getting into the subject. In southern history, there’s not a standard scholarly work to praise or critique, and as far as I know there’s no conventional wisdom to respond to. We look forward to hearing what questions people will ask and to seeing where the discussions lead.”

The symposium will provide an opportunity for scholars to discuss clothing and fashion studies as a means to explore issues of identity, labor, social justice, and class in southern history. Walton and Ownby set out the goals of the conference in a broadside for Shindig Six, a Florence, Alabama gathering in 2015:

“Situated at the intersection of necessity and creativity, southern fashion lets us ask questions about place and historical context, power and identity. Every gar­ment has a designer, maker, wearer, and viewer, and we can study all of them.

We can tell local stories about designers and seamstresses, farmers and factory workers. At the same time, we can see the South’s centuries-long engagement with a global economy through one garment, with cotton harvested by enslaved laborers in Mississippi, milled in Massachusetts or Manchester, designed with influence from Parisian tastemakers, and sold in the South by Jewish immigrant merchants.”

Designed for discussion workshops for participating scholars and students, the symposium is free and open to the public.

Monday, February 22

All sessions held at the University of Mississippi Depot

9:00 am    Introduction by Ted Ownby

9:10 am    Session 1: Katie Knowles

10:00 am  Session 2: Laura Edwards

10:50 am  Session 3: Lawrence McDonnell

11:40 am  Session 4: Thuy Linh Tu and Jessamyn Hatcher

12:40 pm  Break for lunch

1:40 pm    Session 5: Sarah Weicksel

2:30 pm    Session 6: Susannah Walker

3:20 pm    Session 7: Blain Roberts

4:10 pm    Session 8: William Sturkey

4:50 pm    Break

Tuesday, February 23

All sessions held at the University of Mississippi Depot

9:00 am    Session 9: Pableaux Johnson

9:50 am    Session 10: Grace Hale

10:30 am  Closing Remarks: Jonathan Prude

Noon        Symposium concludes

Feb
24
Wed
Brown Bag Lecture: “Seeking Social Justice in Unjust Carceral Systems: Women of Color, Mass Incarceration, and the Complex History of Class, Race, and Gender in the Prison Politics of the American South.” @ Barnard Observatory, Tupelo Room
Feb 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Dionne Bailey, UM adjunct history professor, discusses how African American women are major actors in the implementation, development, and growth of Mississippi’s notorious Parchman Penitentiary. Bailey illustrates that race along with class and gender significantly influenced how penology functioned in the South. Bailey’s work takes a detailed look into not only the often overlooked history of women at Parchman, but she also works to give voices to a marginalized group of women seemingly deemed unworthy of historical analysis or consideration.

Bailey earned her PhD in History from the Arch Dalrymple III Department of History at the University of Mississippi in August 2015. Her work focuses on social justice, carceral studies, and the Mass Incarceration of women of color in the American South.

Brown Bag Lectures take place on select Wednesdays during the fall and spring semesters in the Tupelo Room in the west wing of Barnard Observatory. Brown Bags last one hour and are free and open to the public.

Feb
26
Fri
Lecture: Cultural Tourism and Selling Mississippi Blues @ Barnard Observatory, Tupelo Room
Feb 26 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

SB LectureA talk by Scott Barretta, host of Highway 61 Radio, blues historian, adjunct instructor of sociology and anthropology, and recipient of the 2016 Mississippi Arts Commission Governor’s Arts Award for Mississippi Heritage.

Sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Mar
2
Wed
23rd Oxford Conference for the Book @ University of Mississippi and Oxford
Mar 2 – Mar 4 all-day
23rd Oxford Conference for the Book @ University of Mississippi and Oxford

The 23rd Oxford Conference for the Book, presented by the Center and Square Books, will take place Wednesday, March 2 – Friday, March 4. Check the OCB website for more information.

Special Oxford Conference for the Book Brown Bag @ Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, University of Mississippi
Mar 2 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

This special Brown Bag takes place in Special Collections at the J.D. Williams Library, and kicks off the 2016 Oxford Conference for the Book.

Mar
9
Wed
Brown Bag Lecture: Mississippi: A Collaborative Project @ Barnard Observatory, Tupelo Room
Mar 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Ann Fisher-Wirth, UM Professor of English, and Maude Schuyler Clay, photographer, discuss their collaborative project “Mississippi.” Ann Fisher-Wirth’s poems will be on letterpress broadsides shown along with Maude Clay’s photographs.

Brown Bag Lectures take place on select Wednesdays during the fall and spring semesters in the Tupelo Room in the west wing of Barnard Observatory. Brown Bags last one hour and are free and open to the public.

Mar
23
Wed
Brown Bag Lecture: “The Making of Walmart America: The Rise and Fall of New Deal Liberalism in Arkansas, 1941-1992. @ Barnard Observatory, Tupelo Room
Mar 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Michael Pierce is associate professor of history at the University of Arkansas.  He is the author of “Striking with the Ballot: Ohio Labor and the Populist Party” (2010). His essays have appeared in Labor History, Agricultural History, and various edited volumes. His lecture is about “The Making of Walmart America: The Rise and Fall of New Deal Liberalism in Arkansas, 1941-1992.”

Mar
30
Wed
The Southern Documentary Project’s Film Seminar @ University of Mississippi and Oxford
Mar 30 all-day
The Southern Documentary Project's Film Seminar @ University of Mississippi and Oxford

On Wednesday, March 30 and Thursday, March 31, 2016, the Southern Documentary Project (SouthDocs) will host a guest documentary filmmaker at the University of Mississippi. There will be a public screening, a masterclass, and the filmmaker will meet with students in Dr. Andy Harper’s Documenting the South in Film class. We will announce the guest filmmaker later in the fall. More details to come here and on southdocs.org.

Brown Bag Lecture: Imagining Independence: International Influences on Southern Nationhood @ Barnard Observatory, Tupelo Room
Mar 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Ann Tucker, UM visiting assistant professor of history, will discuss how Southerners’ international perspective on nationhood enabled them to imagine Southern independence.

Brown Bag Lectures take place on select Wednesdays during the fall and spring semesters in the Tupelo Room in the west wing of Barnard Observatory. Brown Bags last one hour and are free and open to the public.

Apr
6
Wed
Music of the South Symposium: Defining and Presenting Tradition in Southern Music @ University of Mississippi
Apr 6 all-day

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, takes place on Wednesday, April 6, and features lectures, discussions, films, and musical performance.

Most events will take place in the Faulkner Room of the J. D. Williams Library. Speakers will include University of Virginia Music Department professor Karl Hagstrom Miller, author of Segregating Sound: Inventing Folk and Pop Music in the Age of Jim Crow, and Mississippi Arts Commission folk and traditional arts director Jennifer Joy Jameson. A panel discussion will include UM Music Department professor Ian Hominick and Mississippi Folklife music editor Jamey Hatley. At the noon brown bag presentation in Barnard Observatory, Scott Barretta will discuss his scholarly work on folk revival leader Izzy Young, and in the afternoon, back in the Faulkner Room, Joe York of the Southern Documentary Project and Scott Barretta will present their new film, Shake ’Em on Down: The Blues According to Fred McDowell.

The Music of the South Symposium alternates yearly with the Blues Today Symposium, also sponsored by Living Blues and the Center.

The band Jericho Road Show will give a performance, and they will also participate on a panel at the conference. Jericho Road Show is self-described as “an all-acoustic international super-group of seasoned musicians” that plays American roots and blues music “on tubas, washboards, upright bass, harps, National guitars, ukuleles, banjos, mandolins, trombones, and yes, even the saw.”

The symposium is free and open to the public. Check back for a full schedule.

Brown Bag Lecture: The Conscience of the Folk Revival: Izzy Young @ Barnard Observatory, Tupelo Room
Apr 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Scott Barretta, UM Instructor of Anthropology and Sociology, starts the Music of the South Conference with a talk about Izzy Young, a noted figure in the world of folk music.

Brown Bag Lectures take place on select Wednesdays during the fall and spring semesters in the Tupelo Room in the west wing of Barnard Observatory. Brown Bags last one hour and are free and open to the public.

Apr
13
Wed
Brown Bag Lecture: A Guide through William Eggleston’s Souths: A Photographer’s View of a Changing Region @ Barnard Observatory, Tupelo Room
Apr 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Amanda Malloy, second-year Southern Studies graduate student, discusses her thesis on Memphis photographer William Eggleston.

Brown Bag Lectures take place on select Wednesdays during the fall and spring semesters in the Tupelo Room in the west wing of Barnard Observatory. Brown Bags last one hour and are free and open to the public.

Sep
7
Wed
Gilder-Jordan Lecture in Southern Cultural History @ TBD
Sep 7 all-day
Gilder-Jordan Lecture in Southern Cultural History @ TBD

The 2016 Gilder-Jordan Lecture in Southern Cultural History will take place on Wednesday, September 7. Location and time TBD.