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 >

August/September LIVING BLUES Looks at Protest in the Blues

Living Blues#256 (August/September 2018) takes a look at protest in the blues. There have been songs of protest throughout the history of the blues and in this issue we trace a sampling of the voices of dissent over the decades and then turn our gaze to several contemporary musicians and their strong voices of dissent.  

Study the South Announces Recipient of Research Fellowship

The Center for the Study of Southern Culture is pleased to announce that Bobby J. Smith II is the first recipient of the Study the SouthResearch Fellowship. The award provides the opportunity for funded research in the collections of the Department of Archives and Special Collections at the J. D. Williams Library at the University of Mississippi.

Catarina Passidomo Receives Fulbright Award to Study Foodways in Peru

University of Mississippi professor Catarina Passidomo is looking forward to traveling to Lima, Peru, to teach and conduct research in 2019 as the recipient of a Fulbright US Scholar award. While in Lima, the UM assistant professor of anthropology and Southern Studies will teach two courses in the Department of Social Sciences at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. She also plans to engage in independent and collaborative research on Peruvian cuisine and foodways for a project titled “Gastrodiplomacy in Peru: Cuisine as Nation-Brand in Postcolonial Context.”

Check out the June/July LIVING BLUES

Living Blues #255 (June/July 2018) features Louisiana bluesman Chris Thomas King on the cover. A second generation Baton Rouge bluesman, King has been making records for more than 30 years and over that time his perception of the blues and where it came from has evolved and broadened. King discusses his early years with his father, Tabby Thomas, and his forthcoming book about the origins of the blues.