SouthDocs film wins Indie Memphis award

“Negro Terror,” the feature length documentary by John Rash and the Southern Documentary Project about Negro Terror, an African American punk band from Memphis, had a world premiere earlier this month at the Playhouse on the Square in Memphis as part of the Indie Memphis Film Festival. The band performed a simultaneous live-score along with… Read More >

Studying about another presidential visit to Mississippi

Written by Ted Ownby Hearing that Donald Trump is returning to Mississippi to campaign for Cindy Hyde-Smith raises all sorts of intriguing issues about the senate race and contemporary politics. But for me, a Trump visit raises one specific question: did Donald Trump quote my words on an earlier trip to the state? In December… Read More >

Richman considers photography and gender in today’s Brown Bag

For the Brown Bag Lecture at noon Nov. 7 in the Tupelo Room of Barnard Observatory, Lisa Richman is interested in the ways images can reinforce, script, or challenge the national imaginary of who is a citizen. Historians and artists have examined the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information (FSA-OWI) Photographic Collection as a broad… Read More >

First Student Graduates with MFA in Documentary Expression

Support from fellow students and faculty proved invaluable for Susie Penman, the first graduate in the Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Expression program at the University of Mississippi. Penman, who also earned two other degrees from the university– a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2007 and a master’s in Southern studies in 2012 –… Read More >

Podcast showcases lives that encompass a spirit of daring

“All serious daring starts from within,” wrote Eudora Welty. Her quote serves as a springboard for a new podcast called The Daring, featuring the most exciting voices in arts, literature, business, and lifestyle, most of whom are Mississippians. Schuyler Dickson, a fiction writer and musician from Canton, earned his undergraduate degree in Southern Studies in… Read More >

Historian to lecture on “The Triumph of Abolitionism”

James Oakes to deliver Gilder-Jordan lecture Sept. 12 A leading historian of 19th century America speaks Sept. 12 at the University of Mississippi on “The Triumph of Abolitionism” as part of the Gilder-Jordan Lecture in Southern Cultural History. James Oakes, distinguished professor and chair of humanities at the City University of New York, has an… Read More >

Becca Walton to join community of St. Anselm

Becca Walton will be leaving the Center in September, as she embarks on a new adventure. For the next year, she will be living in in London, England, in the Community of St. Anselm. The monastic community offers a spiritual formation for people age 25-34. “I applied to be part of the community in order… Read More >