Living Blues features Toronzo Cannon

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Living Blues #275 features Toronzo Cannon on the cover. After 20 years of grinding, South Side bluesman Toronzo Cannon has honed his stage act and is now one of the top proponents of modern Chicago blues. Alex Dixon was raised by his grandparents—his grandfather just happened to be the legendary Willie Dixon. The young Dixon

Open Houses set for this month

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We are pleased to announce two Southern Studies open house opportunities. The first option is a virtual event set for Friday, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. CT and the second option is in person, Friday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. CT. Both events are opportunities for people to ask questions, meet faculty, staff, and current

Center sponsors Theatre of War event

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The University of Mississippi’s Department of Classics and Office of Veteran and Military Services is using the lens of ancient Greek literature to explore the emotional and social tension between soldiers and the societies that send them to war. The Veterans Day event, presented in partnership with Theater of War Productions, is designed to help

‘The Light in the Piazza’ Subject of Nov. 3 SouthTalk

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Several events celebrate Elizabeth Spencer’s 100th birthday The beloved characters created by Mississippi author Elizabeth Spencer are returning to the South with a University of Mississippi Opera Theatre production of “The Light in the Piazza,” which is the focus of a SouthTalk sponsored by the UM Center for the Study of Southern Culture. Composer Adam

Mississippi Creates: Schaefer Llana

The Center for the Study of Southern Culture and Yoknapatawpha Arts Council have teamed up for Mississippi Creates, an event that pairs musical performance with short documentary films providing a glimpse into the creative life and environments of two local musicians; Tyler Keith and Schaefer Llana. This pair of films are part of a larger

UM, Ecru Partners Working to Tell Story of M.B. Mayfield

Archival partnership helps shine light on one of university’s first Black students, acclaimed folk artist Tucked away in a broom closet within a University of Mississippi classroom, M.B. Mayfield earned a fine arts education in the 1950s the only way he could at the time. A folk artist, the Ecru native was not able to

Dara Cooper to receive SFA’s John Egerton Prize

Join the Southern Foodways Alliance for a virtual event with the Southern Festival of Books Thursday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m. CT, when they present the 2021 John Egerton Prize to Dara Cooper, national organizer with the National Black Food & Justice Alliance. Dara will be in conversation with poet Jasmine Mans, and the event

Living Blues magazine showcases Old School Southern Soul

Living Blues #274 (September/October 2021) is an Old School Southern Soul special. Mississippi bluesman Sam Mosley has spent his life making music. Now 75, Mosley looks back on his long career, which includes multiple bands with his partner, Bob Johnson, and their decades of successful songwriting for Malaco Records. Billy Ray Charles has been singing

Anthropologist Sheds Light on Politics of Migrant Life and Death

Jason De León brings work of Undocumented Migration Project to campus for Sept. 30 discussion Jason De León will share his experiences as executive director of the Undocumented Migration Project, a nonprofit research-art-education-media collective, in a Thursday (Sept. 30) lecture at the University of Mississippi. “The Land of Open Graves: Understanding the Current Politics of

Deborah Gray White to give virtual lecture Sept. 21

The Costs of Diversity and Inclusion Deborah Gray White to deliver Gilder-Jordan Lecture in Southern Cultural History Starting in 2015, faculty, staff and students at Rutgers University gained a better understanding of the untold story of the disadvantaged populations in the university’s history through the Scarlet and Black project, co-chaired by historian Deborah Gray White. In