Donoghue Collection Brings Legends of Blues to Life

Archives and Special Collections opens exhibition of memorabilia related to Sonny Boy Williamson

OXFORD, Miss. – Sonny Boy Williamson soap and incense, test pressings of Memphis Slim and Buddy Holly records, and a signed contract by B.B. King are only a few of the many items recently donated by the family of William “Bill” Donoghue to the J.D. Williams Library at the University of Mississippi. A man ofRead the story …

Spring SouthTalks Continue ‘Mississippi Voices’ Theme

First lecture set for Jan. 26; schedule includes both virtual and in-person events

OXFORD, Miss. – The spring SouthTalks Series, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, continues the focus on “Mississippi Voices.” This theme finds connections to other places, problems and people that solidify the global interconnectedness made undeniable by the pandemic. SouthTalks explore the interdisciplinary nature of Southern studies and includesRead the story …

‘The Light in the Piazza’ Subject of Nov. 3 SouthTalk

Several events celebrate Elizabeth Spencer's 100th birthday

OXFORD, Miss. – The beloved characters created by Mississippi author Elizabeth Spencer are returning to the South with a University of Mississippi Opera Theatre production of “The Light in the Piazza,” which is the focus of a SouthTalk sponsored by the UM Center for the Study of Southern Culture. Composer Adam Guettel, director Blake McIverRead the story …

Anthropologist Sheds Light on Politics of Migrant Life and Death

Jason De León brings work of Undocumented Migration Project to campus for Sept. 30 discussion

OXFORD, Miss. – Jason De León will share his experiences as executive director of the Undocumented Migration Project, a nonprofit research-art-education-media collective, in a Thursday (Sept. 30) lecture at the University of Mississippi. “The Land of Open Graves: Understanding the Current Politics of Migrant Life and Death along the U.S.-Mexico Border,” is set for 4Read 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 …

‘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 …

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 …

Conference to Explore Contributions of Mississippi Authors

Annual event includes biographers and friends of William Faulkner, Eudora Welty and Richard Wright

OXFORD, Miss. – Renowned Mississippi authors William Faulkner, Eudora Welty and Richard Wright are the focus of the University of Mississippi‘s 47th annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, being conducted virtually July 18-21. Focusing on the theme “Faulkner, Welty, Wright: A Mississippi Confluence,” the virtual international conference includes four days of lectures, panels and other presentations.Read the story …

UM Awards Six Achieving Equity Grants

Grants to explore areas of diversity, equity, inclusion

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi is funding six Achieving Equity Grants for faculty, staff and students to advance diversity, equity and inclusion through research and creative scholarship. First funded in 2020, the competitive seed grant program explores challenges common to UM and other institutions where the knowledge gained will lead to advancements inRead the story …