Honor Ted Ownby’s Contributions by Supporting Center Students

Ted Ownby on steps of Barnard Observatory

Retired University of Mississippi history and Southern Studies professor Ted Ownby often talks of his fondness for former students, and now those students can make history by providing for future scholars through the Ted Ownby Initiative to Support Graduate Education. By establishing the Ted Ownby Initiative to Support Graduate Education, graduate students in the years

SouthTalks Focus on Creativity in the South

Man standing in field

Lectures begin Sept. 6 with discussion of changing minds Creativity in the South is the programming theme for the 2023-24 academic year at the University of Mississippi‘s Center for the Study of Southern Culture. The fall SouthTalks series begins by recognizing that the U.S. South is a region of profound contrast. “Extreme poverty exists uneasily

Lodge Bolsters Mission of Southern Foodways Alliance

Showroom of Lodge cast iron skillet history

Cast iron cookware manufacturer invests in studies of region’s food and culture The Lodge Manufacturing Company, a fifth-generation, family-owned cast iron cookware company in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, is strengthening the mission of the Southern Foodways Alliance with an unrestricted gift of $150,000. Based at the University of Mississippi‘s Center for the Study of Southern Culture,

Faulkner Fans to Flock to Oxford for 49th Annual Conference

Put a Little Honey in My Sweet Tea lecture July 23 at 7:30 p.m.

For the 49th consecutive year, writers, scholars and avid fans of Oxford’s Nobel Prize-winning author will gather at the University of Mississippi for the Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference. This year the conference, themed “Queer Faulkner,” will focus on the diverse genders, sexualities and desires of characters in William Faulkner’s work and people in the noted

“Rough South of Larry Brown” screening set for July 12

Rough South of Larry Brown screening July 12

There will be a special free screening of “The Rough South of Larry Brown,” including a discussion with director Gary Hawkins, photographer Tom Rankin, and blues curator Greg Johnson at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 12. The program will include rarely seen photos and clips not in the original film. Sponsored by the Center for the

Celebrating Juneteenth

Independence Day in the United States is officially celebrated on 4 July, but for many Americans the 1776 Declaration of Independence did not signal freedom. Instead, Pres. Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation recognized and proclaimed freedom for enslaved people, even though the news did not reach all of them for several years. Juneteenth celebrations commemorate

Making History: Ted Ownby to Retire After 35 Years

Ted Ownby on steps of Barnard Observatory

After 35 years as a member of the University of Mississippi faculty, including 11 years as director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, history and Southern Studies professor Ted Ownby is preparing to retire at the end of June. During his time as a scholar, researcher and director at the center, it

Fannie Lou Hamer screening June 10 in Winona

This Little Light of Mine to be shown at 10 am Saturday in Winona

On June 9, 2022, a Mississippi State Historical Marker was unveiled during a ceremony at the corner of Oak Drive and Sterling Avenue in Winona, Mississippi on the site of the old Montgomery County Jail in honor of Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer and the other civil rights heroes who were beaten there in 1963. The

Summer Sunset Series includes Southern Studies alumni showcase

An Afternoon with Ted Ownby Sunday June 11. Lecture at 3, picnic at 4, concert at 6

Each Sunday in June, members of the Lafayette-Oxford-University family can gather on the Grove for a night of music and culture as the annual Summer Sunset Series returns to the University of Mississippi. The free concert series will kick off at 6 p.m. June 4, and each Sunday includes blues, Southern rock and vintage indie

Journey to Commencement: Sandip Rai

Sandip Rai at a podium

Sandip Rai’s creative journey brings stories to life on the screen. When Sandip Rai made a list of possible graduate schools, his factors included location, program courses, community and eligibility. After a Zoom meeting with staff at the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture, Rai felt the support and hospitality win