Spring Special Topics courses examine food and film, the image of the South, and theories and traditions in documentary expression

The fall semester is flying by, and registration for the Spring 2020 semester starts October 28, so take a look at our special topics classes. SST 598 Special Topics Section 1: Food and Film Monday, 1:00-3:30 p.m., Ava Lowrey , Barnard Observatory, Room 108 In this one semester production course, students learn documentary filmmaking skills… Read More >

Change to Southern Studies Curriculum Offers New Opportunities

Major requirements adjusted and 100-level courses restructured in overhaul Written by By Rebecca Lauck Cleary OXFORD, Miss. – For ordinary University of Mississippi students considering a major that will make them extraordinary, Southern studies could be the one to help them stand out. Southern studies seeks to investigate, interpret, and document the American South in… Read More >

Letter to Students Regarding Recent Events

Dear New and Returning Students in Southern Studies: Last week was a difficult one at the University of Mississippi. On Saturday, a male student allegedly took the life of a female student, and on Thursday images surfaced of three UM students, two of them armed, celebrating the desecration of a memorial to Emmett Till, whose… Read More >

MFA student to show film at Indie Grits Film Festival

Zaire Love, a first-year student earning her MFA in Documentary Expression, applied for the Indie Grits grant in December and was awarded $1,000 to create a film about the rural south. Only nine people were chosen out of several applicants to receive this grant. This grant helped her extend her original one-minute film, TREES. “Being able… Read More >

Zaire Love to present TEDx talk March 6

Written by Jackson Olstad     A true hero is defined by virtue and accomplishments, and role models give people their own identity and moral compass for life. Zaire Love will educate the Oxford community on two influential figures in Southern history that everyone can look up to at her upcoming TEDx talk. The TEDx University… Read More >

Get your master’s degree in Southern Studies

The University of Mississippi had the first MA program in Southern Studies, with the first students entering the program in 1986. The Southern Studies graduate program is a two-year interdisciplinary program, with faculty in literature, history, sociology, anthropology, music, foodways, religion, documentary studies, and other fields. Set in the Center for the Study of Southern… Read More >

Earn your MFA in Documentary Expression

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply to the Center’s Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Expression program, which began in the fall of 2017. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2019. The MFA is a two-year (30-hour) graduate program that combines coursework in Southern Studies and interdisciplinary fields with advanced training in photography, film,… Read More >

MFA Showcase Gives Students Experience Presenting Their Work

By Rebecca Lauck Cleary As a finale to the fall semester, the students in the MFA for Documentary Expression program showcased recently completed film and photography projects. John Rash, producer/director for the Southern Documentary Project, said the event was an impressive exhibition of the multiple talents of all of the MFA students and what they… Read More >