This issue’s cover story is on McComb, Mississippi–native Vasti Jackson. Jackson is a real blues Renaissance man—skilled at nearly every facet of the music industry.
David Wharton, Assistant Professor of Southern Studies and director of Documentary Studies at the Center, has an exhibit of photographs up in the beautiful gallery space at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. The photographs are taken from The Power of Belief: Spiritual Landscapes from the Rural South, forthcoming in late 2015.… Read More >
As we kick off the spring semester, our second year MA students are hard at work on theses, internships, and documentary projects. Below, a brief profile of each student. These profiles, now with a few updates, originally came from a Southern Register article by Virginia Anderson in the fall of 2013 when the students arrived… Read More >
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Southern Studies Dr. Barbara Harris Combs has a new article in Critical Sociology exploring the construct of place and its role in race relations, specifically recent changes in voting rights laws. Dr. Combs will teach a cross-listed African American Studies / Southern Studies course on Race, Place, and Space this… Read More >
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 >
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 >
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 >