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Isom Center Names 2021-23 Fellows

Fellowship emphasizes interdepartmental collaboration in gender and sexuality research May 6, 2021 by JB Clark The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies has awarded grants to six University of Mississippi faculty members for their ongoing research and academic efforts in the areas of gender and sexuality.The recipients – Yvette Butler, Jaye Davidson, Tyler […]


Patrick Alexander, associate professor of English and African American studies, has been named recipient of the 2021 Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award. Photo by Christian Johnson/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Elsie Hood Award Winner Lauded for Empathy and ‘Transformative Impact’

Patrick Alexander is university’s teacher of the year April 9, 2021 by Abigail Meisel Patrick Alexander, associate professor of English and African American Studies, is the recipient of the 2021 Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award at the University of Mississippi. The honor – the highest bestowed on UM faculty who make a positive difference […]


Two UM Students Selected for Fellowship Program

Jonathan Dabel, Je’Von D. Franklin to work with initiative aimed at solving education challenges March 24, 2021 by Edwin B. Smith Two University of Mississippi students have been chosen to participate in an inaugural national network program designed to use technology to innovate teaching and learning with the goal of improving outcomes for Black, Latino […]


Historian Edward Ayers narrates the evolution of Southern history from the founding of the nation to the present day by focusing on the settling, unsettling and resettling of the South in his SouthTalks presentation, set for noon Feb. 10. Submitted graphic

SouthTalks Return for Spring

Community activism is the highlight of the series hosted by UM Southern studies center January 25, 2021 by Rebecca Lauck Cleary Community activism is once again the focus of the SouthTalks series presented by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. All SouthTalks events, which include lectures, performances, film […]


Gilder-Jordan Lecture to Focus on Voter Suppression

Historian and author Carol Anderson set to speak Oct. 13 OCTOBER 7, 2020 BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY With the presidential election only weeks away, voting and how to do so are on the minds of many Americans. A historian who studies public policy with regards to race, justice and equality will visit the University of […]


The UM Summer College for High School Students will offer a variety of online learning and networking opportunities to allow rising 11th and 12th graders to earn college credit and discover more about potential career paths. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss

Summer Programs for High School Students Move Online

Academic, leadership and networking opportunities available through revamped offerings APRIL 22, 2020 BY PAM STARLING Summer vacation and activities will look different this year for high school students around the country. Despite the postponement of traditional summer camps and programs, the University of Mississippi is providing opportunities and scholarships for rising 11th and 12th graders […]


Shennette Garrett-Scott

Historian Wins Book Prize

Shennette Garrett-Scott recognized with prestigious Organization of American Historians Award APRIL 22, 2020 BY THE OAH Joanne Meyerowitz, Yale University, OAH President 2019–2020, and George J. Sanchez, University of Southern California, OAH President 2020–2021, announce that Shennette Garrett-Scott, associate professor of history and African American Studies at the University of Mississippi, receives the Organization of […]


Patrick Alexander (left), UM associate professor of English and African American studies, and Nichelle Robinson, associate professor of teacher education and School of Education diversity officer, share a moment after being presented their ‘Lift Every Voice” awards in the Ole Miss Student Union Ballroom. Photo by Christian Johnson/Ole Miss

Faculty Honored for Service at ‘Lift Every Voice’ Celebration

Two professors recognized for work in diversity and inclusion February 7, 2020 by Edwin B. Smith With melodious sounds from a gospel choir and inspiring words from a keynote speaker, two University of Mississippifaculty members were honored Monday (Feb. 3) for their exceptional achievements in diversity, inclusion and community engagement. Hundreds of faculty, staff and […]


Scholars, Advocates Convene at UM to ‘Unmake Mass Incarceration’

Against the backdrop of a nation with 2.2 million people behind bars, the Arch Dalrymple III Department of History sponsored a three-day conference examining the history of mass incarceration. Scholars, activists, writers, and former inmates focused on prison reform, reducing recidivism, restorative justice, and other initiatives. View students’ library exhibition here. Conference focuses on prison […]


Both Dr. Donald Cole and his wife Marcia earned multiple degrees, held leadership roles, and taught at the University of Mississippi. Their children Donald II, William, and Mariah all attended UM.

Successful Campaign Establishes Cole Scholarship

Over 260 Donors Help Surpass Goal NOVEMBER 1, 2019 BY ANGELA ATKINS The Donald Cole Catalyst for Change Scholarship Endowment exceeded its goal by almost $10,000 through an online University of Mississippi fundraising campaign attracting gifts of all sizes. The Ignite Ole Miss campaign, spearheaded by Ethel Young-Scurlock, director of the African American Studies program, […]