Oxford Conference for the Book highlights Margaret Walker

Sessions are free, open to the public OXFORD, Miss. – A National Book Award winner, popular television show writers, and a centennial birthday commemoration are all planned for the 2015 Oxford Conference for the Book, set for March 25-27. Presented by the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture and Square Books,… Read More >

SST and Sociology Professor Barbara Combs Explores Legacy of Selma

Many, including several of our Southern Studies students and alumni, traveled to Selma, Alabama earlier this month to be part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery march.  We hope to share their stories and photos on the blog soon.  In the meantime,we recommend From Selma to Montgomery: The Long… Read More >

SouthDocs Films to be Shown at Oxford Film Festival Feb. 26 – Mar. 1

SouthDocs FilmS to Be Screened THIS WEEK at 2015 Oxford Film Festival The Oxford Film Festival’s 12th annual festival will be held February 26–March 1, 2015, at the Oxford Commons Malco, 206 Commonwealth Blvd., Oxford. The opening night event includes the Mississippi premiere of James Franco’s adaptation of The Sound and The Fury. Films by the Southern… Read More >

Caroline Herring returns to Barnard Observatory on Feb. 27

Concert by Caroline Herring to Honor Dr. charles Reagan Wilson Singer-songwriter Caroline Herring returns to Barnard Observatory for a special concert as part of the Porter Fortune Jr. History Symposium. The Symposium honors the recent retirement of Charles Reagan Wilson with a series of talks and panel discussions on the topic of Southern Religion and… Read More >

Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival

Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival, Inc. Written by Jodi Skipper, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi. The Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival (LMGF), Inc. began on May 20th, 1958 when a group of civic-minded citizens living in the Free Town area of Lafayette, Louisiana gathered in the kitchen of Mrs. Thelma… Read More >

Listen to Dr. Jessie Wilkerson’s Brown Bag

In case you missed Dr. Jessie Wilkerson’s Brown Bag lecture last Wednesday, take a listen here.  In her lecture titled “I’m a Southern, Farm Girl, Union, Democrat Feminist: Finding Feminism in the American South” she drew on oral history work done at the Southern Oral History Program at UNC. SouthDocs will be sharing more sound… Read More >

Rory Block to Perform Music of the South Concert Feb. 23

Music of the South Concert With Rory Block on February 23 Heralded as “a living landmark” (Berkeley Express), “a national treasure” (Guitar Extra), and “one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists ” (Blues Revue), Rory Block has committed her life and her career to preserving the Delta blues tradition and bringing it to life… Read More >

New Living Blues Hits Newsstands

This issue’s cover story is on McComb, Mississippi–native Vasti Jackson. Jackson is a real blues Renaissance man—skilled at nearly every facet of the music industry.