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Philosophy & Religion

UM graduate students discuss their work and results at the ninth annual Research Symposium, which featured topics ranging from termite species in the southern Appalachians to food security among rural Mississippi parents.

Graduate Researchers Take on the World

UM symposium showcases student research APRIL 16, 2019 BY SHEA STEWART More than 50 graduate students at the University of Mississippi presented their research during the ninth annual Research Symposium, discussing topics ranging from termite species in the southern Appalachians to food security among rural Mississippi parents. Presented by the UM Graduate Student Council and held at The Inn at […]


The inaugural Policy Talks is set for 5:30 p.m. April 25 in Bryant Hall, Room 209. Three UM faculty members and three select alumni will discuss religious freedom laws. A reception will follow the free event in the Bryant Hall Gallery. Photo by Robert Jordan

Forum to Examine Religious Freedom Laws in State

Policy Talks event draws on expertise of faculty, alumni from Department of Philosophy and Religion APRIL 12, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH A panel discussion examining religious freedom laws is scheduled for April 25 at the University of Mississippi. The inaugural “Policy Talks” begins at 5:30 p.m. in Bryant Hall, Room 209. Three UM faculty […]


The UM Ethics Bowl team discusses the question, ‘Should the standard of sexual consent be an affirmative verbal yes?’ during last year’s Great Debate. Photo by Marlee Crawford

Ethics Bowl Team Hosts Great Debate

Students prepare to discuss qualifications for moral leadership in public service, professional life MARCH 26, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH With statewide elections later this year as the backdrop, the question of whether past actions disqualify an individual from holding a position of moral leadership is the focus of a student discussion scheduled April 4 […]


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 […]


Philosophy Chair Wins National Excellence in Academic Advising Award

Steven Skultety recognized for service and support of students JANUARY 23, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Over the past few years, Steven C. Skultety has advised, encouraged and lent a compassionate ear to hundreds of students at the University of Mississippi. Now some of those same students are nominating him for awards – and he’s […]


Ryan Mays (center), is taking classes at the University of Mississippi this fall as a 14-year-old freshman, one of the youngest in the university’s history. Photo by Thomas Graning

From 14 to 64, UM Freshman Class Spans the Ages

Gifted teen, veteran highlight wide range of educational opportunities SEPTEMBER 24, 2018 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM One grew up in the age of “flower power” and the Vietnam War, while the other was born after the launch of Apple iTunes, but both are part of the University of Mississippi’s 2018 freshman class. A 64-year-old grandfather and […]


UM Ethics Bowl team member Madison Bandler (second from left), discusses the question, ‘Should the standard of sexual consent be an affirmative verbal yes?’ during the Great Debate of 2018. Photo by Marlee Crawford/UM Communications

UM Delves into Ethics to Prepare Students to Debate Society’s Issues

New courses and competitions equip participants to engage in civil discussion MAY 16, 2018 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM The University of Mississippi Department of Philosophy and Religion has created new classes, and conducts an annual Ethics Bowl and a Great Debate with the goal of equipping students to respectfully grapple with some of life’s most pressing […]


Neil A. Manson, University of Mississippi professor of philosophy, has establish a reading group on the works of Alvin Plantinga, one of the world’s most influential philosophers of religion. Photo courtesy of Neil A. Manson

Philosophy Professor Establishes Plantinga Reading Group at UM

APRIL 6, 2018 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM Neil A. Manson, University of Mississippi professor of philosophy, has used a grant from the Society of Christian Philosophers to establish a reading group on the works of one of the world’s most influential philosophers of religion. In 2017, Alvin Plantinga, professor emeritus at Calvin College, won the prestigious Templeton Prize, […]


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UM Departments Collaborate to Host ‘Radical South’ Series

Events include lectures, discussions, film screening and more APRIL 3, 2018 BY CHRISTINA STEUBE The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Mississippi is hosting “The Radical South,” a conversation series this month that explores the complexity of Southern history and identity. The Isom Center, the Center for the Study […]


UM Students, Staff, Alumni Join Community for MLK Day of Service Activities

Volunteers gathering to honor King’s legacy through community engagement JANUARY 8, 2018 BY EDWIN B. SMITH University of Mississippi students, staff and community partners are spearheading efforts to promote community engagement and encourage a spirit of service in Lafayette County and Oxford during 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances. The Lafayette-Oxford-University MLK Day of Service […]