New MISSISSIPPI STORY: Documenting Southern Foodways in Film

New on Mississippi Stories, films created by Southern Studies graduate students Victoria De Leone and Rebecca Lauck Cleary as part of SST 598: Documenting Southern Foodways Class in spring 2017. Southern Foodways Alliance Pihakis Film Fellow Ava Lowrey taught the course.

Wilkerson Receives Award from the Southern Association of Women Historians

Assistant Professor of History and Southern Studies Jessie Wilkerson received an award at the recent meeting of the Southern Association for Women Historians (SAWH). Organized in 1970, the organization meets annually and has over 700 members. The SAWH strives to stimulate interest in the study of Southern and women’s history as well to advance the status of women historians.

New MISSISSIPPI STORY: Documenting the South in Film

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.

New Documentary Explores Conflict over Mississippi State Flag – Oxford and Jackson Screenings Set

The Southern Documentary Project, an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, has a new documentary film titled Flag Flap Over Mississippi by director Rex Jones that explores tensions around the divisive Mississippi state flag. There will be a premiere screening and discussion of the film at 6pm on Wednesday, October 25 at the Overby Center for Journalism and Politics on the UM campus. A discussion of the film will follow, with UM professor Ralph Eubanks moderating a discussion with Starke Miller and Carlos Moore, who appear in the film. The screening and discussion are free and open to the public.

Center to Host Filmmakers for a Screening of Documentary about Lynching

The Center will host a Brown Bag screening of An Outrage, a documentary film about lynching in the American South at noon on Thursday, October 19 in Barnard Observatory. Filmmakers Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren will introduce the film and take questions. They will also attend Dr. Andy Harper’s Documenting the South in Film class following the screening.

The Devil’s Music: Adam Gussow Publishes New Book on the Devil in the Blues

This interview by Scott Barretta originally appeared in the Fall 2017 Southern Register.

Adam Gussow is an associate professor of English and southern studies at the University of Mississippi whose latest book is Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil in the Blues Tradition (University Press of North Carolina), a survey that occupied seven years of research. Gussow has also grappled extensively with the devil in his parallel career as a professional blues musician—for over thirty years he’s recorded and toured internationally with Sterling “Mr. Satan” Magee, a relationship he addressed in his memoir Mr. Satan’s Apprentice.

Do Good Fund to Exhibit Photographs in Gammill Gallery This Fall

Photographs from the Do Good Fund’s photo collection will be exhibited at various venues in Mississippi during the fall of 2017. Those venues include the Gammill Gallery (Southern People, Southern Places) from late September through mid-December, the UM Art Department’s Gallery 130 (NOW: Contemporary Southern Photography) during October, as well as at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gallery of Art and Design (Portraits of Southerners) October 12–December 12. There are smaller exhibits scheduled in several Water Valley venues and possibly one in Sumner.