Bird Courtship Rituals Topic for Virtual Science Cafe

Neuroscience professor to discuss manakin study during Sept. 21 Zoom event

OXFORD, Miss. – The acrobatic courtship rituals among Central and South American birds is the topic for a virtual Oxford Science Cafe scheduled for Tuesday (Sept. 21) by a University of Mississippi biologist. The program will be hosted on Zoom beginning at 6 p.m. Lainy Day, associate professor of biology and director of the neuroscienceRead the story …

Immersed in Summer Research

Undergraduate program opens doors to new creative scholarship

OXFORD, Miss. – Sydni Davis found herself in rewarding new territory this summer. The University of Mississippi sophomore from Tupelo spent the summer conducting interviews with Black women, gaining valuable experience in ethnographic methods as part of a summer research project. “I am proud of myself for collecting my data and conducting interviews,” said Davis,Read the story …

The Costs of Diversity and Inclusion

Deborah Gray White to deliver Gilder-Jordan Lecture in Southern Cultural History

OXFORD, Miss. – Starting in 2015, faculty, staff and students at Rutgers University gained a better understanding of the untold story of the disadvantaged populations in the university’s history through the Scarlet and Black project, co-chaired by historian Deborah Gray White. In this year’s Gilder-Jordan Lecture in Southern Cultural History at the University of Mississippi, “TheRead the story …

Folklorist Bill Ferris Joins ‘LMR Live’ on Monday Afternoon

Shardé Thomas and Scott Baretta talk music and Mississippi with Ferris and host Balach

OXFORD, Miss. – Folklorist William Ferris; musician and tradition-bearer Shardé Thomas, of the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band; and blues scholar and sociologist Scott Barretta are guests for a special edition of “LMR Live,” streaming live at 1 p.m. Monday (Sept. 13). The guests will talk with host Nancy Maria Balach, chair and professorRead the story …

New Course Allows Students to Learn and Experience Religious Relics

Pilgrimage class offers hands-on experience and opportunity to collaborate across disciplines

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi professor has created a new religion course that combines academic study of religious pilgrimages with the creation of 3D images of ancient relics. The course, REL 340: Pilgrimage: Sacred Journeys, examines many material objects that serve as pilgrimage destinations – particularly saints’ relics, which can be corporal, suchRead the story …

‘Voices of Mississippi’ Debuts Sept. 14 at Ford Center

World premiere of multimedia event features historian Bill Ferris, area blues and gospel musicians

OXFORD, Miss. – The world premiere of “Voices of Mississippi,” a multimedia production chronicling some of Mississippi’s most iconic people and art, will kick off the 2021-22 performance season at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Mississippi. The multimedia event, set for Sept. 14, celebrates the people andRead the story …

Helping to Set the Stage

Gift creates space at the South Oxford Campus for new costume design shop

OXFORD, Miss. – In the hands of a costume designer, reams of fabric can be used to transport a theater patron to another time or even another world. A $650,000 gift establishing the Nancye Starnes Theatre and Film Fund at the University of Mississippi celebrates those transformations and expands the educational experiences of students whoRead the story …

Fall SouthTalks Series Focuses on Mississippi Voices

Lineup kicks off virtually Sept. 8 with Benton County reflections, goes in-person in October

OXFORD, Miss. – This fall, the SouthTalks Series, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, focuses on “Mississippi Voices.” SouthTalks explore the interdisciplinary nature of Southern studies and includes lectures, performances, film screenings and panel discussions. Although events usually take place in the Tupelo Room of BarnardRead the story …

University Community Remembers Luther August Knight Jr.

Beloved biology professor helped establish UM Field Station, conducted groundbreaking research

OXFORD, Miss. – Family and members of the University of Mississippi community are fondly recalling memories of the late Luther Augustus Knight Jr., a beloved retired biology professor whose noteworthy achievements included helping establish the university’s renowned Field Station. Knight, 90, died Aug. 23 at Yalobusha General Hospital in Water Valley. Services were Aug. 26Read the story …

Helping Farms be in Harmony with Nature

EPA grant involves researchers, Mississippi Delta farmers exploring agricultural runoff water

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi professor is using an Environmental Protection Agency grant to explore the potential benefits of holding runoff water on agricultural landscapes after crops are harvested. The move could reduce the pollution of downstream waterways, improve soil health and crop yields, provide crucial food and habitat for migratory birds, reduce pumpingRead the story …