College of Liberal Arts

University of Mississippi

Sociology & Anthropology

Annie Cafer, UM assistant professor of sociologyi, has been awarded a prestigious Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. She is the first UM faculty member – and the first faculty member from a Mississippi university – to receive the fellowship. Photo by Thomas Graning

Sociology Professor Named Andrew Carnegie Fellow

Annie Cafer claims first-ever fellowship in Mississippi for community resilience work APRIL 23, 2019 BY SHEA STEWART Annie Cafer, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Mississippi, has been awarded a prestigious Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. The 32 fellows of the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program were unveiled today (April 23) by the Carnegie Corp. of […]


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 […]


Krista Oliver (left), Karen T. Peairs, Anne Cafer and David Calder celebrate after being honored with Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards at the 2019 Celebration of Service, hosted by the University of Mississippi Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. The annual awards, the university’s highest honor recognizing service, recognize students, faculty, staff and community members who demonstrate selfless service to others. Photo by Thomas Graning

UM Spotlights Service with Sullivan, Community Engagement Awards

More than 20 recipients honored for outstanding contributions APRIL 11, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH University of Mississippi faculty and staff members, a student and several external community organizations were honored Wednesday (April 10) in celebration of their community-engaged research, learning and service work within the LOU community and beyond. The annual Algernon Sydney Sullivan […]


UM Faculty Travel Across Southeast for Collaborations

Ten faculty members participate in SEC Faculty Travel Program DECEMBER 13, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART Ten University of Mississippi faculty members are taking part in the SEC Faculty Travel Program this academic year, joining more than 100 fellow faculty members from other Southeastern Conference institutions. Established in 2012 by the SEC provosts, the program provides financial assistance from […]


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 […]


Student volunteers from the University of Mississippi spend a day in October working in New Albany during an M Partner event. Partnering with three communities across the state, including New Albany, the pilot phase of M Partner addresses priority projects centered around community health and well-being, economic development, educational initiatives and beautification. Photo by Kevin Bain

UM Celebrates M Partner Pilot Year, Sets Ambitious Goals

Community, university partners build momentum to advance projects across state MARCH 20, 2019 BY STAFF REPORT With more than a dozen ongoing community-engaged courses and service projects, University of Mississippi faculty, staff, students and community partners are leading a groundbreaking spring semester. The pilot phase of M Partner will address priority projects centered around community […]


A Grisham fellow from Newton High School helps a resident of the State Veterans Home mix watercolors for his painting project. Photo by Kevin Bain

Grisham Fellows Find UM Family During Visits

Newton High School students meet with faculty, staff and students; volunteer in community FEBRUARY 25, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH As a student at the University of Mississippi, Bruce Ware took Sociology 101 under professor Vaughn Grisham. From that classroom experience, Ware and Grisham developed an enduring friendship that inspired Ware to incorporate an ethic […]


‘Evicted’ Selected for 2019 Common Reading Experience

Incoming students to read Pulitzer Prize-winning best-seller FEBRUARY 20, 2019 BY JONATHAN SCOTT The critically acclaimed New York Times best-seller “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” has been selected for the University of Mississippi‘s Common Reading Experience for 2019. Written by Matthew Desmond, a Princeton sociologist and recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, “Evicted” […]


Students from Greenville High School compare notes on their group project during the STRIVE! Conference at the UM Jackson Avenue Center. Photo by Megan Wolfe

High School Students Learn Entrepreneurship Skills at Conference

STRIVE! brings 100 north Mississippi high school students together with area business leaders JANUARY 28, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH For 100 north Mississippi high school students, the path to owning their own businesses got a boost recently at the University of Mississippi. Those students spent Thursday (Jan. 24) investing in their entrepreneurial journeys at […]


UM staff members and students participate in the 2016 Public Archaeology Day at Rowan Oak. Photo by Marlee Crawford/

Community Invited to Public Archaeology Day at Rowan Oak

UM students to discuss artifacts found at Faulkner’s home at Nov. 10 event NOVEMBER 7, 2018 BY JULES COOK   University of Mississippi archaeology students will get a chance to share their field work with the community when they host a Public Archaeology Day on Saturday (Nov. 10) at Rowan Oak. Free and open to all ages, […]