Poets Advise Honors Students to Use Their Imagination to Influence Communities

OXFORD, Miss. – After flipping a coin to determine who would speak first, poets Brenda Hillman and Robert Hass encouraged University of Mississippi honors students to keep poetry in their lives while working for social change.

Delivering the keynote address for the recent Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College fall convocation, the husband-and-wife duo even sensed poetry in the event’s setting, the Ford Center for the Performing Arts.

“We are in a place where Barack Obama and John McCain debated, and it is awe-inspiring,” said Hillman, winner of the coin toss.

Hass, who served as U.S. Poet Laureate from 1995 to ’97, teaches at the University of California-Berkeley and is a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner. Hillman, whose work has been described as eclectic, mercurial and sensuous, is one of the country’s foremost avant garde poets. Both are internationally renowned, prominent environmental and political activists.Read the story …

Rebel Black Bear Selected As New On- Field Mascot for Ole Miss Rebels

OXFORD, Miss. – The Rebel Mascot Selection Committee is excited to announce the Rebel Black Bear as the new on-field mascot for the Ole Miss Rebels.

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Former President’s Visit An Honor for University of Mississippi

OXFORD, Miss. – Former President Bill Clinton’s appearance today (Oct. 14) at the University of Mississippi will offer students an opportunity to hear firsthand about the importance of exercising their right to vote.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Former President Clinton to Speak Thursday in Grove

Former President Bill Clinton will visit the University of Mississippi Thursday (Oct. 14) to discuss the value of voting and the importance of participating in the election process. Clinton plans to speak at 11:45 a.m. on the Grove stage.

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Solo Theater Performance, Workshop Oct. 16 Mark LGBT History, Diversity Awareness

OXFORD, Miss. – A monodrama performance and workshop on documentary theater are scheduled Oct. 16 at the University of Mississippi to recognize October as LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) History Month and National Diversity Awareness Month. The events are free to the public.

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Top Ranked Dance Company Performs at Ford Center Oct. 26

OXFORD, Miss. – One of the world’s foremost modern dance companies, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company is slated to perform Oct. 26 at the University of Mississippi’s Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts.

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Staff, Faculty Members Recognized for Excellence in Advising Students

… Inaugural award to be presented annually

OXFORD, Miss. – Two University of Mississippi faculty and staff members who have consistently demonstrated excellence in advising students have been selected for special recognition.

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Fifth Annual Civil War Conference Addresses Multiple Issues Leading to War

OXFORD, Miss. – Focusing on a variety of issues that propelled that nation into a bloody four-year conflict, the fifth annual Civil War conference at the University of Mississippi coincides this year with the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s 1860 election and the beginning of the secession crisis.

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New Exhibit Features Civil War Artifacts, Documents

OXFORD, Miss. – A new exhibit at the J.D. Williams Library titled, “‘This Fiery Trial’: An Exhibit on Mississippi and the American Civil War,” features a large collection of Civil War artifacts and documents.

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Ukrainian MBA Student ‘Thrilled’ That Muskie Fellowship Brings Her to UM

… International exchange program fosters cultural understanding while developing professional skills

OXFORD, Miss. – It’s a long way from the Ukraine to the southern United States, but Alina Gnatiuk is shortening the cultural gap between her homeland and the University of Mississippi. Alina-Gnatiuk

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