Supporting Thought-Provoking Art

21c Museum Hotel gift helps feature works at Southern Foodways Alliance events

OXFORD, Miss. – When giving a dinner party, the host often installs a centerpiece that ties together the theme of the evening. Thanks to a $100,000 gift from the 21c Museum Hotels, the Southern Foodways Alliance will continue to showcase contemporary artists as the centerpiece of its annual fall symposium. Founded by Laura Lee BrownRead the story …

University Museum Joint Publication Set for Release

'The Beautiful Mysterious' showcases unique photography of William Eggleston

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi Museum, Friends of the Museum and University Press of Mississippi will celebrate the launch of their first co-published book, “The Beautiful Mysterious: The Extraordinary Gaze of William Eggleston,” at 5:30 p.m. Monday (June 17) at Off Square Books. The project, first in a series, helps showcase the museumRead the story …

Andrew Mellon Foundation Recognizes Invisible Histories Project

IHP-Mississippi satellite project lauded for oral history research

OXFORD, Miss. – The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has recognized the work of several University of Mississippi partners through a $300,000 grant supporting the collection, preservation, future research and accessibility of LGBTQ history in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. The grant went to the Invisible Histories Project, founded in 2016 by Joshua Burford and Maigen SullivanRead the story …

Center for the Study of Southern Culture Gets New Director

Kathryn McKee will be the first woman to lead the groundbreaking center's work

OXFORD, Miss. – For only the fourth time in the 40-year history of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, a new director will take the helm. Kathryn McKee, McMullan Associate Professor of Southern Studies and associate professor of English at the University of Mississippi, begins her new role July 1. “I am humbledRead the story …

An Appetite for Excellence

Restaurateur's gift will help ensure longevity of UM Southern Foodways Alliance

OXFORD, Miss. – When restaurateur Steve Palmer overheard one of his servers say she’d like to buy a home if only she had the down payment, he started a companywide home loan program. “We loan our employees their down payment interest-free,” said Palmer, of Charleston, South Carolina, who has 890 people on his payroll. “WeRead the story …

Brown Bag Lunch and Lecture Series to Focus on ‘Sports in the South’

First talk, examining protests in pro football, kicks off Sept. 5

OXFORD, Miss – The Brown Bag Lunch and Lecture Series sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi continues this fall with a focus on “Sports in the South.” All lectures take place at noon on select Wednesdays in the Tupelo Room of Barnard Observatory. They are freeRead the story …

Couple’s Planned Gift to Support Two UM Endowments

Contributions to support scholarly work in Southern food and music

OXFORD, Miss. – Lynne Ann DeSpelder and Albert Lee Strickland, of Capitola, California, have partnered on many projects throughout their lives and someday, even in death, their collaboration will continue when their planned estate gift supports two programs at the University of Mississippi. The husband and wife will leave an estimated $1 million from theirRead the story …

University Endowment Builds to All-time High of $715 Million

Strong investment returns, generosity of alumni and friends spurs growth

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi’s permanent endowment grew in its latest fiscal year to an all-time high of $715 million, thanks in part to the seventh consecutive year of new gifts of $100 million or more. Private support totaled more than $115.8 million from 30,332 donors, giving the university essential resources to continueRead the story …

Mississippi Encyclopedia Debuts Online

Online version made possible through partnership with Mississippi Humanities Council

OXFORD, Miss. – As of this summer, if you don’t want to lug around the 9-pound Mississippi Encyclopedia, just grab your laptop, and you’ll find the wonders of the state at your fingertips. The online version of the 1,451-page Mississippi Encyclopedia, a project that began at the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study ofRead the story …

Center Director Named William Winter Professor of History

Ted Ownby selected to be third holder of prestigious position

OXFORD, Miss. – As director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, Ted Ownby fulfills many roles. He recently added one more to the list as the university’s William F. Winter Professor of History. In 1992, the University of Mississippi Foundation established an endowment fund to promote and recognizeRead the story …