50 Years of Faulkner: Conference Celebrates Half-Century of Study

William Faulkner statue on Oxford Square

Festival toasts multiple milestones at annual gathering themed ‘Anniversaries’ In 1974, a group of William Faulkner enthusiasts decided that the perfect place for a conference celebrating the work of the lauded author was his hometown. Fifty years later, the Oxford-based event is bigger and broader than ever. The 2024 Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference is set

Terry “Harmonica” Bean to play June 30

Summertime in Oxford is a little slower-paced as locals and visitors enjoy the town without the hustle and bustle. This June, the annual Summer Sunset Series returns to the Grove stage on the campus of the University of Mississippi. Each Sunday night in June, starting at 6 p.m., make your way to the Grove to

Latest Living Blues features Hubby Jenkins

Living Blues magazine with Hubby Jenkins on the cover

Living Blues #290 (May/June 2024) features 38-year-old Hubby Jenkins on the cover. Jenkins is one of the best of the recent wave of young African American musicians doing a deep dive into pre-war blues, string band, and other roots music, and developing their own sound based on these acoustic styles. An early member of the

Journey to Commencement: Jacob Fennell

Jacob Fennell on the stairs at the End of All Music

A Literary Mind: Jacob Fennell flourishes as a scholar in earning Southern Studies master’s degree This story is part of the 2024 Journey to Commencement series, which celebrates the pinnacle of the academic year by highlighting University of Mississippi students and their outstanding academic and personal journeys from college student to college graduate. Jacob Fennell

Pride Parade Set for May 4

This year’s Oxford Pride Parade is set for Saturday, May 4 after a week-long celebration. Southern Studies will participate in the parade at 2 p.m. (check out the banner designed by M.F.A student Neen Talbott) followed by Pride on the Plaza in front of the Union from 3 to 5 p.m. with a “pride guide,”

Past Meets Present for Museum Project Manager

Greta Koshenina

Greta Koshenina combines passions for ancient Rome and the modern South Like most 18-year-olds, Greta Koshenina came to the University of Mississippi unclear of what she wanted to do with her life. But through her studies in the College of Liberal Arts and at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, she discovered her

Giving Day is here!

On Giving Day 2024, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture is concentrating on the Marc Rosen Fund for Graduate Education. Thanks to Marc’s generosity—and yours—we are able to underwrite graduate assistantships for multiple students in our MA and MFA programs. The center of the Center remains students, students who go on to a variety of careers made sharper and more

Oxford Conference for the Book turns 30

illustration of Barnard Observatory, courthouse, and Square Books by Anne Scott Barrett

The storied Oxford Conference for the Book returns to the University of Mississippi and downtown Oxford venues April 3-5 for its 30th anniversary edition. A group of authors, including Willie Morris, Barry Hannah and Kaye Gibbons, convened April 2, 1993 for the first Oxford Conference for the Book to discuss “the dependence of literary arts

Charles Reagan Wilson accepts Lifetime Achievement Award

Charles Reagan Wilson

Written by Clara Turnage The Mississippi Historical Society presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Charles Reagan Wilson, retired University of Mississippi professor and former director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, on Feb. 23 at the society’s annual meeting. Wilson, who retired in 2014 after more than 33 years at Ole Miss,

Living Blues features William Bell

William Bell singing into a microphone on cover of Living Blues magazine

Living Blues #289 features one of the greatest living soul men on the cover. William Bell released his first single for Stax back in 1961. Over the next six decades he has poured out a string of hits including winning a Grammy in 2017. We take a deep dive into the legendary vocalist’s long career.