Event Offers Free Screening of New Delta Documentary

Film focuses on problems of gay and HIV-infected people in the South

OXFORD, Miss. – The troubled lives of people struggling against prejudice, poverty and HIV infections in the Mississippi Delta and other parts of South will be explored in a new documentary, “deepsouth,” to be screened next week at the University of Mississippi.Read the story …

Grayzel named director of UM Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies

Center to continue academic, service focus

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi history professor Susan Grayzel has been selected as the new director of the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies.

Grayzel, who has served as interim director of the center since 2011, hopes to build on its successes by fostering across-campus collaboration, strengthening its academic presence and continuing to provide an open forum for gender-related issues on campus.

“A campus can never have too many entities that promote equality, justice, tolerance and respect for diversity,” Grayzel said. “One of the functions of the center is to be a place that pays attention to the challenges and accomplishments of women in our community and to be a voice for them. There are lots of great partnerships to be made across campus with people whose work touches on understanding the role that gender difference plays in how people — both men and women — live their lives. We look forward to hearing ideas from all members of our community for what we can do to help fulfill our mission.”Read the story …

Rabbinic Scholar W. David Nelson to Discuss ‘Race, Religion and the Realities of Reading the Bible’

OXFORD, Miss. – W. David Nelson, a noted scholar of rabbinic literature and the Hebrew Bible at Groton School in Massachusetts, will discuss how the Bible has been used out of context in the past to promote racist ideologies during a Thursday (Sept. 6) public lecture at the University of Mississippi.

Nelson’s lecture, “Say Again!: Race, Religion and Realities of Reading the Bible,” is set for 5:30 p.m. in the Overby Center auditorium. The next day (Sept. 7), the scholar will participate in an informal discussion with faculty and students on how the Bible has been misused to advance racist agendas.

“Dr. Nelson’s presentation is the first in the lecture series, titled ‘Intertwining Legacies: Jews and African-Americans in the Deep South,'” said Kirk Johnson, UM associate professor of sociology and African-American studies. “The goal of the lecture series is to bring together scholars, students and community members to explore anti-Semitism, racism and the shared and divergent histories of these two groups.”Read the story …

UM Film Series to Focus on Environmental Concerns

… Program also bringing environmental activist and biologist Sandra Steingraber to campus in March

Sandra Steingraber

Sandra Steingraber

Water, oil and food mix together in the upcoming inaugural environmental film series at the University of Mississippi.

This semester, three films will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Overby Center Auditorium, including “Blue Gold,” “Gasland” and “Fresh.” All are free and open to the public.

The film series is in conjunction with the interdisciplinary environmental studies minor, now in its fourth year, which is directed by Ann Fisher-Wirth, professor of English.

“The minor is thriving; we have more than 20 students enrolled, from a variety of different disciplines,” Fisher-Wirth said. “The film series will be a wonderful addition to our offerings, for all these new documentaries address a number of environmental issues, practices and controversies. They are good at reaching out to educate an audience.”Read the story …