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Center for The Study of Southern Culture

UM students and faculty participate in a discussion of slavery, segregation and racism on the grounds of Rowan Oak before staying overnight in the old kitchen, behind the house. Photo by Thomas Graning/

Students and Faculty Spend the Night on Rowan Oak Grounds

Joseph McGill, founder of the Slave Dwelling Project, leads group in discussion and reflection MAY 9, 2018 BY CHRISTINA STEUBE Ten University of Mississippi students and two professors spent a night recently in sleeping bags in the old kitchen behind Rowan Oak, home of Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner, as part of the Slave Dwelling […]


Jon Parrish Peede Sworn In as Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities

MAY 3, 2018 Jon Parrish Peede (MA Southern Studies ’93) was sworn in today as the 11th chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) at a ceremony at the White House. “It is a distinct honor to be nominated by President Donald J. Trump and confirmed by the US Senate to serve as Chairman […]


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

First talk, examining protests in pro football, kicks off Sept. 5 SEPTEMBER 2, 2018 BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY 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 […]


The University of Mississippi’s permanent endowment grew in its latest fiscal year to an all-time high, thanks to generous support from private donors. Photo by Robert Jordan

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

Strong investment returns, generosity of alumni and friends spurs growth AUGUST 29, 2018 BY TINA H. HAHN 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 […]


Gracing the Table demonstrates an African libation ceremony at Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Image courtesy of Dr. Jodi Skipper.

UM Project Featured on National Coalition Website

AUGUST 22, 2018 BY STAFF REPORT A University of Mississippi project is in the national spotlight after receiving an extended profile on the new Humanities for All website for the National Humanities Alliance. Behind the Big House was among 51 projects, chosen from 1,402 featured programs, to receive an extended profile on the website for […]


TEDxUniversityofMississippi Brings ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’

Seven speakers for 2018 program BY MICHAEL NEWSOM The University of Mississippi hosted its third TEDxUniversity of Mississippi conference with seven speakers giving brief, thought-provoking lectures on the theme of “MomentUM.” The 2018 lineup included faculty members, a graduate student, a law student and others discussing a variety of topics, including how substance abuse is treated by […]


California couple Lynne Ann DeSpelder and Albert Lee Strickland are including in their estate plans support for two UM endowments.

Couple’s Planned Gift to Support Two UM Endowments

GIVING IN PERPETUITY JULY 20, 2018  By BILL DABNEY 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 will support two programs at the University of Mississippi. The husband and wife will […]


Ava Lowrey’s film ‘Johnny’s Greek and Three,’ looks at Chef Tim Hontzas and the role of Greek-southern families in shaping Birmingham, Alabama dining.

Foodways Studies Come of Age as a Respected Discipline

Work at UM Center for the Study of Southern Culture includes conferences, books and films JUNE 25, 2018 BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY In the conclusion of “The Larder: Food Studies Methods from the American South,” co-editor Ted Ownby writes that it seems likely it will be the last collection of food studies scholarship that must justify […]


Mississippi Encyclopedia Debuts Online

Online version made possible through partnership with Mississippi Humanities Council JUNE 12, 2018  By REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY As of this summer, if you don’t want to lug around the nine-pound Mississippi Encyclopedia, just grab your laptop and the wonders of the state are at your fingertips. The online version of the 1,451-page Mississippi Encyclopedia, a […]


Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Honors UM Center

Southern studies staff lauded for work on Mississippi Encyclopedia, foodways studies JUNE 15, 2018 BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY The University of Mississippi Center for the Study of Southern Culture garnered two awards at this year’s Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters awards banquet, held June 2 at Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson. MIAL presented Ted […]