Willie Morris Awards for Southern Writing Announces Fiction Shortlist

Partnership with Oxford Conference for the Book aids mission to celebrate authors, books and reading

OXFORD, Miss. – The judges for the Willie Morris Awards for Southern Writing have announced their 2019 fiction shortlist. The three finalists for this year’s prize are Chanelle Benz, for “The Gone Dead”; Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, for “The Revisioners”; and De’Shawn Charles Winslow, for “In West Mills.” The Willie Morris Awards are administered by the Department of Writing and Rhetoric atRead the story …

SouthTalks Events Go Virtual

Speakers for this fall include Jelani Cobb, Carol Anderson and Jacqueline Olive

OXFORD, Miss. – Like everything else this fall, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture‘s SouthTalks are different than normal due to COVID-19. This semester, all the events are online, so although they won’t take place in Barnard Observatory, viewers can watch from wherever they have an internet connection. All SouthTalks events, which includeRead the story …

Gift Helps Ensure Success for the Southern Foodways Alliance

Estate of California couple to fund endowment honoring John T. Edge

OXFORD, Miss. – Roger and Rebecca Emerick, of Hillsborough, California, have committed a planned gift to extend the mission of the University of Mississippi‘s Southern Foodways Alliance, an organization they applaud for its compelling storytelling and inclusive takes on cultures and people. The Emericks included the SFA in their estate plans, committing $1 million toRead the story …

Partnership Yields a Hot Take

Southern Foodways Alliance debuts virtual tour of Cajun country with help from Tabasco brand

OXFORD, Miss. – McIlhenny Co., maker of Tabasco brand sauces, has collaborated with the Southern Foodways Alliance on a first-of-its kind virtual tour of Cajun country, a destination the Tabasco folks know well and are proud to celebrate, as every bottle of Tabasco Pepper Sauce is made amidst the old oaks on Avery Island inRead the story …

From Pastry Chef to Student: Studying Baking and Gender in the South

Kelly Spivey transfers skills honed in the kitchen to the classroom

OXFORD, Miss. – Kelly Spivey learned about adaptability and instinct from cooking in restaurants before deciding to exchange her rolling pin for a stack of textbooks. She turned those skills into a backdrop for her academic work as a student in the University of Mississippi‘s Southern studies master’s program. After earning her B.F.A. in photographyRead the story …

Southern Studies Graduate Student Produces Documentary Photo Book

Elliot Grime explores Mississippi through his lens

OXFORD, Miss. – As an international graduate student, Elliot Grime wanted to learn about the culture of the South and better understand the region. For the past two years, he has taken documentary courses enabling him to get firsthand experience interacting with people, places and the landscape. Eventually, this fieldwork led him to his thesisRead the story …

Former Center Director Receives Fulbright Award

Ted Ownby plans to teach and conduct research at the University of Southern Denmark

OXFORD, Miss. – After Ted Ownby stepped down as the director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi in 2019, he wanted to do something different, so he decided to apply for a Fulbright Award. To his delight, he received word that he will be the Danish DistinguishedRead the story …

Gift to Fund Documentary Series

Tony Chachere's Creole Foods helps preserve work of hero home cooks

OXFORD, Miss. – Tony Chachere’s Creole Foods has made a major gift to the University of Mississippi to fund the creation of three film documentaries over the next three years by the Southern Foodways Alliance. Based in Opelousas, Louisiana, the family-run corporation’s $90,000 gift will allow the SFA to produce and direct short documentaries focusedRead the story …

Two Southern Studies Faculty Honored for Excellence

Catarina Passidomo and Jessie Wilkerson lauded for their commitment to students, scholarship

OXFORD, Miss. – It’s not every day that a geography professor is stumped by a pop quiz about a Bulgarian skyline, but that’s how Catarina Passidomo discovered she was chosen for the 2020 Cora Lee Graham Award for Outstanding Teaching of Freshmen at the University of Mississippi. Passidomo, Southern Foodways Alliance assistant professor of SouthernRead the story …

Cathead Makes Major Gift to Southern Foodways Alliance

Gift honors SFA's efforts on behalf of restaurant industry during pandemic and beyond

OXFORD, Miss. – The Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi has received a major gift from the founders of Mississippi-based Cathead Distillery, whose efforts during the COVID-19 crisis are making statewide impact. The $75,000 gift from Cathead owners Austin Evans and Richard Patrick will support the writing, editing and sharing of 15 essaysRead the story …