Southern Register: Director’s Column

Editor’s Note: As a result of the disruption and cancellation of Center events caused by the COVID-19 pandemic this spring and summer, we have chosen to move the Southern Register to online publication for this Spring-Summer 2020 issue. We’ll return to our usual print publication this upcoming fall, but until then we’ll publish weekly stories

Graduation Spotlight: Three Southern Studies Majors

Graduates, their families and guests are invited to participate in a live, virtual ceremony on Saturday, May 9. Written By Rebecca Lauck Cleary OXFORD, Miss. – Claire Francis always knew she wanted to attend the University of Mississippi, she just wasn’t sure what to study. After changing her major from international studies to civil engineering,

Center work-study students set to graduate

Written By Rebecca Lauck Cleary Each semester, two work-study students are employed at the Center for the Study for the Southern Culture to help with various tasks. For the past two years, Samantha Henderson has been a familiar face in the lobby, and Naiome Young started this past fall. On May 9, both of them are

Alumni Zoom set for 6 p.m. Friday, May 8

A Southern Studies alumna from the class of 2011 had a grand idea to have the first Southern Studies Zoom-union. All past Southern Studies graduates with a B.A., M.A., or M.F.A. are invited along with former staff, faculty, and affiliated faculty. This virtual gathering will provide an opportunity to reconnect with classmates and professors and

Finding vision everywhere: Zaire Love earns M.F.A. degree

Written By Rebecca Lauck Cleary How can someone you’ve never met be an inspiration? Just ask Zaire Love, who defended her thesis April 29 for her M.F.A. in Documentary Expression degree. For her, the death of a musician in California influenced her work on a personal level in Mississippi Rapper, entrepreneur, and activist Nipsey Hussle

Hilary Word tackles post-soul supernatural and futuristic worlds

Second M.A. student defends her thesis remotely Written By Rebecca Lauck Cleary Southern Studies master’s student Hilary Word has been considering the supernatural and futuristic worlds through the lens of literature for years. Word’s thesis “Post-Soul Speculation: An Exploration of Afro-Southern Speculative Fiction,” looks at the genre of fiction that encompasses works where the setting

Olivia Terenzio Provides Transnational Perspective on the Relationships between Food, Nation, and Racial Formation

Congratulations to the first remote thesis defender  Written by Rebecca Lauck Cleary Rice and beans are staple foods for many cultures around the world. The combination makes up a complete protein, and is delicious and nutritious. Olivia Terenzio became interested in the subject of rice and beans after spending a few months in Brazil in

Reflections from the Field: Discovering International Memphis

Written by Simone Delerme “When I want to feel better, I drive down Summer Avenue. There I can see the past, present and future diversity and humanity of Memphis.” 1 I discovered Summer Avenue—a commercial district in Memphis, Tennessee—while working on an oral history project in 2016. I was interviewing Latino restaurant owners, workers, and