“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 >
The Center hosts a special Monday Brown Bag Lecture on September 17 with Farrell Evans, whose talk, “Between the Curling Flower Spaces: Race, Golf, and the American South,” will center on the desegregation of golf in the South through the lens of Evans’s own journey as a golfer, journalist, and student of the American South.… Read More >
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 >
First talk, examining protests in pro football, kicks off Sept. 5 The Brown Bag Lunch and Lecture Series sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture continues this fall with a focus on “Sports in the South.” Due to construction, the Sept. 5 Brown Bag will take place in the Overby Center’s Conference… Read More >
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 >
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.
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.
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.”
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.