Celebrating Juneteenth

Independence Day in the United States is officially celebrated on 4 July, but for many Americans the 1776 Declaration of Independence did not signal freedom. Instead, Pres. Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation recognized and proclaimed freedom for enslaved people, even though the news did not reach all of them for several years. Juneteenth celebrations commemorate

Making History: Ted Ownby to Retire After 35 Years

Ted Ownby on steps of Barnard Observatory

After 35 years as a member of the University of Mississippi faculty, including 11 years as director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, history and Southern Studies professor Ted Ownby is preparing to retire at the end of June. During his time as a scholar, researcher and director at the center, it

Fannie Lou Hamer screening June 10 in Winona

This Little Light of Mine to be shown at 10 am Saturday in Winona

On June 9, 2022, a Mississippi State Historical Marker was unveiled during a ceremony at the corner of Oak Drive and Sterling Avenue in Winona, Mississippi on the site of the old Montgomery County Jail in honor of Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer and the other civil rights heroes who were beaten there in 1963. The

Summer Sunset Series includes Southern Studies alumni showcase

An Afternoon with Ted Ownby Sunday June 11. Lecture at 3, picnic at 4, concert at 6

Each Sunday in June, members of the Lafayette-Oxford-University family can gather on the Grove for a night of music and culture as the annual Summer Sunset Series returns to the University of Mississippi. The free concert series will kick off at 6 p.m. June 4, and each Sunday includes blues, Southern rock and vintage indie

Journey to Commencement: Sandip Rai

Sandip Rai at a podium

Sandip Rai’s creative journey brings stories to life on the screen. When Sandip Rai made a list of possible graduate schools, his factors included location, program courses, community and eligibility. After a Zoom meeting with staff at the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture, Rai felt the support and hospitality win

Pride Parade set for Saturday, May 6

This week kicks off the 8th Annual Pride Week on the University of Mississippi’s campus. The celebration, which includes events across campus and Oxford, culminates with a Pride Parade at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6. Southern Studies will have a table at Pride on the Plaza, the destination for the parade. Pride on the Plaza

Atlanta blues artist Albert White featured in Living Blues

Living Blues #284 (May/June 2023) features bluesman Albert White, who is among the last of the great Atlanta blues artists. His 60-plus-year career, which he kicked off as a member of one of the city’s most popular 1960s blues bands, Dr. Feelgood and the Interns, has made White a local legend. Robbin Kapsalis and Vintage

Rose Cailiff Scholarship now accepting applicants

Rose Cailiff Scholarship now accepting applicants

Rising Juniors! Apply for the $500 Rose Cailiff Scholarship in Southern Studies In order to apply for these scholarships, students must: *be a Southern Studies major;*have a 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.5 in Southern Studies classes;*submit a 250-500 word essay in response to the following prompt: How has being a Southern Studies major affected your

Giving Day set for April 4-5

Giving Day is April 4-5, 2023

It’s Giving Day at the University of Mississippi! We hope you will consider making a gift to support the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. The time is now to support one of the nation’s first interdisciplinary research centers dedicated to the South. Three partner institutes – the Southern Documentary Project, the Southern Foodways

Oxford Conference for the Book returns March 29-31

Oxford Conference for the Book March 29-31

Among literature enthusiasts, it’s no secret that Oxford has long been a magnet for writers. On March 29-31, their numbers will multiply as more than 30 of the nation’s leading and emerging authors, poets, scholars and artists gather for the annual Oxford Conference for the Book. Across the University of Mississippi campus and the city’s