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Center for the Study of Southern Culture Gets New Director

Kathryn McKee will be the first woman to lead the groundbreaking center’s work APRIL 10, 2019 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 […]


Steve Palmer leads a presentation.

An Appetite for Excellence

Restaurateur’s gift will help ensure longevity of UM Southern Foodways Alliance MARCH 26, 2019 BY BILL DABNEY 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 company-wide home loan program. “We loan our employees their down-payment interest-free,” said […]


UM hosts its fourth TEDxUniversityofMississippi conference March 6

Another Year of Exploring ‘New Horizons’

TEDxUniversityofMississippi to host fourth annual speaking event March 6 MARCH 5, 2019 BY JUSTIN WHITMORE The University of Mississippi is set to host its annual TEDxUniversityofMississippi conference that will bring together speakers from throughout the university community to the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts at 6 p.m. Wednesday (March 6). The fourth TEDxUniversityofMississippi will host eight speakers, […]


Oxford Conference for the Book Welcomes Authors for 26th Year

Readings, panel discussions and lectures are free and open to the public MARCH 4, 2019 BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY What do a championship poker player, the U.S.-Mexico border controversy and the Appalachian South have in common? They are all part of this year’s Oxford Conference for the Book, set for March 27-29 at the University […]


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 is included in the elite group of R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity released Monday in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the definitive list of the top doctoral research universities in the United States. 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 […]