Check out a slideshow of highlights from the SFA’s oral history programming so far in 2016, shown recently at the Fall Symposium. Led by Oral Historian Sara Wood, the SFA tells the stories of the farmers, fisherman, cooks, and entrepreneurs who feed the South, opening discussions of history and identity, and engaging with race, class, gender, and sexuality.
On Thursday, October 14 at 12:15pm in Barnard Observatory, SST alum and former SFA Oral Historian Amy C. Evans will discuss her work as a teaching artist with Literacy through Photography, a nonprofit that places artists in classrooms around the Houston Independent School District. Her work is currently on display in the Center’s Gammill Gallery, which is open to the public Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Rex Jones of the Southern Documentary Project documented the 1,010 mile 2014 trek of Mark Hainds along the U.S. – Mexico border, from El Paso to Boca Chica beach on the Gulf of Mexico. You can read an interview with Hainds here. Hainds and Jones encountered border-crossers, drug smugglers, cowboys, the Border Patrol, and a range of opinions on immigration and law enforcement.
Faculty, staff, and a alumnus of the Center will participate in the [Re]Defining Liberal Arts Education in the 21st Century Conference on the Liberal Arts next week at Jackson State University. The Conference, to be held October 6 – 8, will include a keynote address by Dr. William D. Adams, Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
On three Wednesdays this fall, the Center is partnering with Shelter on Van Buren to screen films made by Center institutes the Southern Documentary Project and the Southern Foodways Alliance. The first screening is this Wednesday, September 14 at 6pm, and will include a screening of Longleaf by Rex Jones and Otha, made from archival footage by Ava Lowrey from the Southern Foodways Alliance.
First Center Documentary Workshop Introduces Filmmaking to Southern Studies Students The Center held its first Documentary Workshop for Southern Studies graduate students August 15-17. Over three days, incoming first years Rachel Childs and Victoria Deleone and second year Rebecca Lauck Cleary learned approaches to documentary fieldwork, how to compose and shoot an interview, and how… Read More >
Speaking of Mississippi Stories, we wanted to remind everyone that there are several feature length SouthDocs* films available to view online: Mississippi Innocence by Joe York, The Toughest Job: William Winter’s Mississippi by the Emmy-winning Matthew Graves, and Rebels: James Meredith and the Integration of Ole Miss by Matthew Graves. Please share with friends, especially history teachers!
The Mississippi Stories website, launched in July 2016, seeks to tell the complex story of Mississippi and Mississippians through multiple forms of documentary practice: film, photography, oral history, and sound. The website presents work by students, staff, faculty, and alumni of the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture, including Center institutes and partners Living Blues magazine, the Southern Documentary Project, and the Southern Foodways Alliance.