The Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference kicks off this Sunday on the University of Mississippi campus and in Oxford. This year’s theme is Faulkner and History. For a full schedule with speakers, visit the conference website. The Sunday night opening event at 7:30pm will include the presentation of the Eudora Welty Award by Center Associate Director… Read More >
The Oxford Blues Fest, hosted by the University of Mississippi Museum, begins this evening, Thursday, July 17. A panel on blues scholarship tomorrow at 1:15pm will feature Scott Barretta of the Highway 61 radio show and Mark Camarigg, managing editor of Center publication Living Blues. Southern Studies and English professor Adam Gussow will participate in a… Read More >
Each year, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture recognizes the writing talent of Mississippi high school students with the Eudora Welty Awards in Creative Writing. Presented during the Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference on July 20, the awards are given for creative writing in either prose or poem form. Established and endowed by the… Read More >
The 20th Annual Southern Writers, Southern Writing Grad Conference will begin later this week. This conference is led by graduate students in one of our partner departments, the University of Mississippi Department of English. Center Director Dr. Ted Ownby will provide a welcome, and the Southern Foodways Alliance Board President Sara Roahen will give a… Read More >
The Charles Reagan Wilson Fund During his 33 years as a professor, Dr. Charles Reagan Wilson has been a mentor for many University of Mississippi students studying southern history and culture, and has served on at least a hundred thesis and dissertation committees, often as chair. At graduation in May, we dedicated and named the… Read More >
More than a year ago, Southern Studies grad students Turry Flucker, Anna Hamilton, and Kate Hudson set out to investigate and document Jackson, Mississippi’s Farish Street as part of a Southern Foodways Alliance and Southern Documentary Project effort to study the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Through oral histories, photography, and film, the students asked… Read More >
The life of Mississippi hill country bluesman Mississippi Fred McDowell (1904–72) is the subject of a documentary film being made by Scott Barretta and Joe York. The idea for the film came about when the two discovered that the University of Mississippi owned a short film about McDowell called Bluesmaker, which was made in his longtime home of Como by Christian Garrison, who was a resident filmmaker for the university.