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Songbird Ecologist, Author to Deliver Earth Day Keynote

J. Drew Lanham’s environmental writing praised as opening ‘whole new worlds’ APRIL 19, 2019 BY KENDALL MCDONALD Songbird ecologist and award-winning author and poet J. Drew Lanham is the University of Mississippi‘s 2019 Earth Day keynote speaker. Lanham will discuss “Head to Heart – Creatively Writing the Bridge Between Science and Art,” at 7 p.m. […]

Lauded Author Brings Home Truth and Compassion

UM professor Kiese Laymon receiving national acclaim for memoir ‘Heavy’ APRIL 15, 2019 BY JUSTIN WHITMORE When Kiese Laymon began working on his memoir “Heavy: An American Memoir,” he was writing to an audience of one. “I wrote that to my mother,” he said. “It was directly addressed to my mom and to my region […]

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 […]

The 2019 University of Mississippi Hall of Fame. Pictured are (front row, from left) Blair Wortsmith, of Little Rock, Arkansas; Makala McNeil, of Grenada; Mallie Imbler, of Tupelo; Jaz Brisack, of Oxford; Skylyn Irby, of Batesville; Randon Hill, of Oxford; (top row from left) UM Provost Noel Wilkin; UM Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Brandi Hephner LaBanc; Jarvis Benson, of Grenada; Levi Bevis, of Florence, Alabama; Elam Miller, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Jacob Ferguson, of Randolph; UM Interim Chancellor Larry Sparks and UM Assistant Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students Melinda Sutton Noss. Photo by Thomas Graning

Ten Seniors Inducted into UM Hall of Fame

Recipients honored for service, achievement and potential for success APRIL 6, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Ten University of Mississippi seniors have been inducted into the university’s 2018-19 Hall of Fame, one of the highest honors afforded students at UM. The inductees were honored Friday (April 5) in a ceremony at the Gertrude C. Ford […]

Karen Raber Chosen for SEC Faculty Award

UM English professor honored for teaching and Shakespeare scholarship APRIL 4, 2019 BY SHEA STEWART Karen Raber, a professor of English at the University of Mississippi, has been named the university’s recipient of a 2019 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award. This is the eighth year the program has honored one person from each of the 14 SEC […]

Professor Caroline Wigginton

English Professor Examines Voices of Early America

Caroline Wigginton wins national book award for first published work FEBRUARY 28, 2019 BY JUSTIN WHITMORE   University of Mississippi English professor Caroline Wigginton’s innovative look at some of America’s earliest texts was recognized nationally recently when she was named the recipient of the 2018 Early American Literature Book Prize for her first academic monograph, “In […]

Doctoral Student Earns Competitive Summer Fellowship

English student Sarah Heying granted access to unique library collection at Texas A&M FEBRUARY 10, 2019 BY JUSTIN WHITMORE University of Mississippi doctoral student Sarah Heying has earned a highly competitive fellowship that will send her to Texas A&M University this summer to participate in a unique research opportunity. Heying, a second-year Ph.D. student in English, will […]

University Sets Annual Black History Month Observances

Keynote addresses by renowned authors Tim Wise and Joy DeGruy highlight events JANUARY 31, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Two internationally renowned educators are the keynote speakers for annual Black History Month observances at the University of Mississippi. Tim Wise, a critically acclaimed antiracist essayist, and Joy DeGruy, a respected researcher and author, will deliver […]

Two UM Professors Have Titles on Best Southern Books of 2018

Kiese Laymon’s ‘Heavy,’ Chris Offutt’s ‘County Dark’ recognized by AJC JANUARY 23, 2019 BY JUSTIN WHITMORE Two University of Mississippi faculty members had books recognized by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as among the best pieces of Southern literature published in 2018. Kiese Laymon’s memoir “Heavy” and Chris Offutt’s historical novel “Country Dark” were among 11 titles selected as […]

Doctoral Candidate Earns Fellowship to Continue Literary Research

Amber Hodge to continue dissertation work at University of Virginia’s academic libraries JANUARY 10, 2019 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM University of Mississippi doctoral candidate Amber Hodge has received a Lillian Gary Taylor Fellowship in American Literature, which funds a month of research at the University of Virginia’s expansive academic libraries. Hodge, who is working toward a Ph.D. […]