Studying the Blues at the University of Mississippi

Blues at the Center Article by Rebecca Lauck Cleary, originally published in the Winter 2015 Southern Register A Southern Studies program class description from Fall 1984 encouraged students to “Study the Land That Gave Birth to the Blues.” Since then, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and the University of Mississippi have continued… Read More >

Two New Study the South Articles on Writer Margaret Walker

The Center’s journal Study the South has two new articles on writer Margaret Walker published in conjunction with the Oxford Conference for the Book. The conference, held March 25 – 27, honored the life and work of Walker. “Sister Act: Margaret Walker and Eudora Welty” is by Walker biographer Carolyn J. Brown. The essay examines… Read More >

Blues Symposium to focus on hill country music

April 9 event free, open to the public Click Here for a Full Schedule North Mississippi’s distinctive hill country music is the subject of this year’s Blues Today Symposium at the University of Mississippi. Set for Thursday, April 9 in the Blues Archive on the third floor of the J.D. Williams, the program examines the… Read More >

Director’s Column: Studying Peace and the South

Ted Ownby, Center Director

In the Fall of 2015, there will be a Southern Studies special topics course on Peace and Southern Culture taught by Dr. Ted Ownby.  Learn more about it here. The following post is taken from Dr. Ownby’s Director’s Column from the Winter 2015 Southern Register, where he discusses the origins of his idea for the… Read More >

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 >