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 Alliance, and Living Blues magazine – advance the Center’s mission.

Members of the University of Mississippi community are challenging you to make a difference in the lives of our students and scholars. Maximize your Giving Day impact by answering these challenges and helping us unlock critical resources. Your gift – no matter the size – makes a difference.

Your investments in the Center for the Study of Southern Culture benefit teaching, publications, and outreach, and make it possible for Center-sponsored events like our SouthTalks series and the Oxford Conference for the Book to remain free and open to the general public. Your gifts ensure that we are able to fully fund our graduate students while they are enrolled in the Southern Studies MA and MFA programs.

Take a look at the three challenges below that will have a tremendous impact in the immediate future and consider becoming a monthly donor to build a long-term legacy, by selecting the recurring option on the donation page. There are exciting university-wide challenges throughout Giving Day that will go to units that receive the most gifts at designated hours. Those details are listed below in the “Make Your Gift Count” section.

It’s easy to give! UM Giving Day accepts Apple Pay, Venmo, PayPal and all major credit cards.

The Center at 50 Fund

An anonymous donor invites you to support the Center for the Study of Southern Culture as we lead up to our 50th anniversary in 2027. It will be a time for celebration, reflection, and planning for the future. Once we receive 27 gifts, $1,000 will be unlocked.

Rosen Challenge for CSSC Graduate Students

Marc Rosen of Atlanta, Georgia, an enthusiastic supporter of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, has pledged to give $6,000 to his Graduate Student Support Fund once the CSSC receives 20 gifts. Southern Studies graduate students are core to the success of the Center. Support them with your gift today!

Arrington Challenge for Southern Studies

Linda Arrington (BA 1996) of Oxford, Mississippi, is honoring the work of Dr. Ann Abadie and Dr. Charles R. Wilson by issuing a challenge in support of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. Today, when 10 people make a gift of any size to the Center, Linda has graciously agreed to give $200! Help us unlock these funds today!



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