Change to Southern Studies Curriculum Offers New Opportunities

Major requirements adjusted and 100-level courses restructured in overhaul

OXFORD, Miss. – For ordinary University of Mississippi students considering a major that will make them extraordinary, Southern studies could be the one to help them stand out. Southern studies seeks to investigate, interpret and document the American South in all its complexity by examining topics such as the historical meaning of being a SouthernerRead the story …

SouthTalks Series Mines Interdisciplinary Nature of Southern Studies

Multiculturalism and social justice topic of first lecture Sept. 4

OXFORD, Miss. – The SouthTalks series, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, kicks off Sept. 4 with a fall lineup that showcases the work of professors, alumni and documentarians in various fields. SouthTalks explore the interdisciplinary nature of Southern studies and includes lectures, performances, film screeningsRead the story …

News You Can Use: What Is Southern, Y’all?

UM's William F. Winter Professor of History shares traditions, trends in region's culture

OXFORD, Miss. – Whether it’s using the phrase “y’all,” showing regional hospitality or preparing and enjoying specialty foods and beverages, most Mississippians think they know what it means to be a Southerner. But according to a University of Mississippi expert on the subject, there’s more to truly being “from the South” than living below theRead the story …

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 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 Brown andRead 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 …