April/May LIVING BLUES Available Now

Living Blues #254 (April/May 2018) features the duo of Warner Williams and Jay Summerour on the cover. One of the last great East Coast blues duos, Williams (age 87) and Summerour do it the old-school way.

Southern Studies MA Students to Present Projects on May 1

Southern Studies MA Students to Present Projects on May 1 On Tuesday, May 1 at 7pm, the Center will host Documentary Thesis Presentations for Southern Studies M.A. students Rachel Childs, Rebecca Lauck Cleary, and Victoria De Leone. The event will be at the Burns-Belfry Museum and Multicultural Center, 710 Jackson Avenue East in Oxford.  

Creative Writing Contest Open to High School Writers

Do you think you might be the next Richard Wright? Or can channel your inner O’Connor with a flick of a pen? If so, you should enter your stories and poems for consideration in the Center for the Study of Southern Culture’s annual Eudora Welty Awards. Students must be Mississippi residents. The competition is open to… Read More >

Queer Mississippi: Oral History Performance Explores LGBTQ History

Students in Dr. Jessie Wilkerson’s Southern Studies 506 Graduate Seminar in Southern LGBTQ History and Oral History Methods will present an oral history performance Wednesday, April 25 at 7pm at Burns-Belfry Museum and Multicultural Center. The event is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow the performance.

MISSISSIPPI ENCYCLOPEDIA and POTLIKKER PAPERS Recognized by MIAL

The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters has awarded Center publication The Mississippi Encyclopedia its 2018 Special Achievement Award, and John T. Edge, Director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, has received the MIAL Nonfiction award for his book The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South.

Gallery Exhibit Documents the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike

On Tuesday, April 10 at 5:30 pm in Barnard Observatory, journalist Emily Yellin and photographer Darius B. Williams will give a public talk on Striking Voices, their multimedia journalism project based on in-depth, video interviews with Memphis sanitation workers who went on strike in 1968, and their wives and children. Martin Luther King was in town standing up for their cause when he was killed in Memphis 50 years ago.

In Honor of Youth Protest

In honor of the activism of many children and teenagers across the nation, we share two entries from The Mississippi Encyclopedia, one on the Children’s Crusade of Jackson, by historian Daphne Chamberlain, and another on activist Brenda Travis, by Ted Ownby. All photos are from the Moncrief Photograph Collection at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and document activism in Hattiesburg.

Head to New Orleans to study Southern literature this summer with SST 406

Dr. Jaime Cantrell is leading a StudyUSA course June 10-15 in New Orleans. This interdisciplinary course may interest students in the Humanities and Social Sciences (particularly programs/departments including History, Sociology, Gender Studies, English, African American Studies, Journalism, Writing, and Education) as well as students enrolled in General Studies. Students in the following organizations may also… Read More >

Oxford Conference for the Book celebrates milestone year

Oxford Conference for the Book Celebrates Milestone Year Event’s 25th edition features readings, panel discussions and lectures OXFORD, Miss. – For a quarter of a century, poets, novelists, journalists and scholars have gathered at the University of Mississippi to celebrate the written word. This year’s milestone event again brings people together from far and wide… Read More >