February SouthTalks

The SouthTalks for February cover a wide range of topics, including the migrations of the American South, football protests, poetry, and youth activism. All are free and open to the public, with registration links below. At noon Feb. 10, historian Edward L. Ayers discusses “Southern Journey: The Migrations of the American South, 1790-2020.” Ayers narrates

Jelani Cobb to give virtual SouthTalks lecture

Freedom, race and justice will be discussed  Oct 19 OXFORD, Miss. – Journalist and educator Jelani Cobb frequently writes about race, politics, history and culture, and will share his views on the enormous complexity of those topics in a virtual SouthTalks lecture “The Half-Life of Freedom, Race and Justice in America Today.” Set for 5

Gilder-Jordan Lecture to Focus on Voter Suppression

Historian and author Carol Anderson set to speak Oct. 13 OXFORD – With the presidential election only weeks away, voting and how to do so are on the minds of many Americans. A historian who studies public policy with regards to race, justice and equality will join the University of Mississippi community for a discussion

Letter of Support for Colleagues’ Statement on Monument Relocation

Letter of Support for Colleagues’ Statement on Monument Relocation The Center for the Study of Southern Culture lends its full support to the statement by U.S. historians in the University of Mississippi’s Department of History, reproduced below. Further, we support the statement by our English Department colleagues, “‘There Is No Excuse’: University of Mississippi Faculty

This Moment in America: A Southern Studies Resource List

This Moment in America: A Southern Studies Resource List On Friday, June 5, the Center published a letter to former, current, and incoming students, in the aftermath of the recent injustices resulting in the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. In the letter we asked our students to “think seriously about ways

Three Southern Studies Faculty Celebrate Book Publications

Off Square Books event set for Jan. 22 OXFORD, Miss. – Three faculty members at the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture are kicking off the spring semester with a celebration of their books’ publication. The event, set for 5 p.m. Jan. 22 at Off Square Books in Oxford, features Jessica

Gallery Exhibit Documents the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike

On Tuesday, April 10 at 5:30 pm in Barnard Observatory, journalist Emily Yellin and photographer Darius B. Williams will give a public talk on Striking Voices, their multimedia journalism project based on in-depth, video interviews with Memphis sanitation workers who went on strike in 1968, and their wives and children. Martin Luther King was in town standing up for their cause when he was killed in Memphis 50 years ago.

In Honor of Youth Protest

In honor of the activism of many children and teenagers across the nation, we share two entries from The Mississippi Encyclopedia, one on the Children’s Crusade of Jackson, by historian Daphne Chamberlain, and another on activist Brenda Travis, by Ted Ownby. All photos are from the Moncrief Photograph Collection at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and document activism in Hattiesburg.

Could Donald Trump Learn from Southern History?

We hear that Donald Trump is planning to visit the opening of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson this weekend. I share the frustrations of people who worry that his visit could be both a distraction from and an insult to the people whose stories the museums are telling. If he does in fact visit the museums, I hope he’s there to learn.