U.S. Poet Laureate Slated as UM Baine Lecturer

Ada Limon with hands on a table

U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón is set to deliver this year’s Baine Lecture at the University of Mississippi. Limón will discuss “What Poetry Can Do” beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 in Fulton Chapel. Free and open to the public, the event is co-sponsored by the Department of English and the Center for the

SouthTalks series begins Jan. 25 with Michael Fagans

A black and white photo of Edmund Clark standing in a field in the Mississippi Delta

The programming focus at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture for the 2022-23 academic year is “Race in the Classroom,” and the spring SouthTalks lectures follow that theme. Historically, classrooms have functioned as both intensely local spaces and as broader political stages on which debates about equality, identity and access have played out

Eubanks Honored in Governor’s Arts Awards

A University of Mississippi professor and a professor emerita will be honored for their literary and community work next month when they receive the Mississippi Arts Commission’s 35th annual Governor’s Arts Awards. The commission is awarding Ann Fisher-Wirth, retired UM English professor, the 2023 Excellence in Literature and Poetry Award, and Ralph Eubanks, Black Power

Latest Living Blues features Jimi “Primetime” Smith

guitar player Jimi Smith

Living Blues #282 features Chicago bluesman Jimi “Primetime” Smith. His first gig at age 13 was backing his mother, Chicago drummer Johnnie Mae Dunson’s, friend Jimmy Reed at the 1973 Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival. Smith’s journey in the blues has certainly been atypical. Now, at age 63, he has absorbed all of the

Tuition breaks available for qualifying out of state students

Academic Common Market provides money for certain out of state students

Interested in earning a B.A. in Southern Studies but out-of-state tuition seems daunting? The Academic Common Market may be able to help. Many out of state students qualify for in-state tuition as Southern Studies majors at the University of Mississippi. Deadline Feb. 15. For all Academic Common Market information, visit our ACM page.  

Scotts provide gifts to Children’s Book Festival in tribute to mother

Elaine Scott

OXFORD, Miss. – Elementary school students will be encouraged to love reading, thanks to a University of Mississippi endowment paying tribute to the late Elaine Hoffman Scott, of Little Rock, Arkansas, remembered for her great passion for education and the arts. The Elaine Hoffman Scott Memorial Endowment and Memorial Fund, which will support the Children’s

Fall Documentary Showcase set for Friday

Join us in the Tupelo Room of Barnard Observatory at 6 p.m. Friday, December 2 for the end of the semester celebration of Southern Studies student documentary work including film, audio, and photography. Students will be present to share and discuss previews of their projects which can be viewed online in their entirety. Free and

Skating South: Documenting Skate Culture in Mississippi

Skateboarders at the Oxford Skate Park

A project documenting the stories and culture of skateboarders in Mississippi created by students at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture enrolled in the Southern Studies 533: Fieldwork and Oral History course in Fall 2022 (taught by John Rash and Melanie Ho). This video was originally screened at Oxford Skate Park, November 2,

Two dates set for virtual open house

Are you interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Southern Studies, but you have questions about the program? Ask away! We have two opportunities for a virtual open house to give you all the details you need. Join us either at 3 p.m. CST Wednesday, December 7 or 11 am CST on Friday, January 20.

Queen of Soul discusses her storied career

Irma Thomas wearing a colorful dress at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Living Blues #281 features the Soul Queen of New Orleans, Irma Thomas. It has been 26 years since Thomas has graced the cover of Living Blues. We sat down with her earlier this year and talked about her career, Katrina, and life at age 81. Chicago drummer Merle Perkins has played behind everyone from Freddie