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.
The University of Mississippi has hired Catarina Passidomo to join the faculty with a joint appointment in Southern Studies and sociology and anthropology. Beginning in the fall semester of 2014, Passidomo—who will claim an office in Barnard Observatory—will teach foodways courses to undergraduate and graduate students.
The June issue of Living Blues features a cover story on guitarist Roy Lee Johnson, a central figure in the 1960s Georgia blues scene who is releasing his first record in 15 years later this year. Inside the magazine are articles on Johnny Drummer, Vernon Garrett, Tommie “T-Bone” Pruitt and Henry “Son” Simms, a blues… Read More >