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The UM Graduate School has honored creative writing director Derrick Harriell with the Excellence in Promoting Inclusiveness in Graduate Education Award. Photo by Kevin Bain/ Communications

Creative Writing Director Honored For Commitment to Inclusivity

Derrick Harriell receives Excellence in Promoting Inclusiveness in Graduate Education Award MAY 14, 2018 BY CHRISTINA STEUBE The University of Mississippi Graduate School has honored Derrick Harriell, assistant professor of English and African American Studies, for his contributions to inclusivity in education. Harriell, who also directs the university’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, […]


The 2018 University of Mississippi Hall of Fame. Photo by by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Communications

Ten Seniors Named UM Hall of Fame Inductees

Recipients honored for service, achievement and potential for success APRIL 6, 2018 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Ten University of Mississippi seniors have been inducted into the university’s 2017-18 Hall of Fame, one of the highest honors afforded students at Ole Miss. The inductees were honored Friday afternoon (April 6) in a ceremony at the Gertrude […]


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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 […]


Three UM Juniors Named Truman Scholar Finalists

Students interview for prestigious award March 13; winners to be announced April 18 MARCH 6, 2018 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Good news came for a trio of University of Mississippi juniors recently when they were named finalists for the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Jarvis Benson of Grenada, Jaz Brisack of Oxford and Allen Coon […]


Two UM Professors to Receive Mississippi Humanities Council Honors

Patrick Alexander and Marc Lerner will be lauded in Jackson for teaching, service JANUARY 29, 2018 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Two University of Mississippi professors are among those being honored Feb. 16 in Jackson by the Mississippi Humanities Council. Patrick Alexander, assistant professor of English and African American Studies, will receive the Humanities Educator Award […]


TEDxUniversityofMississippi Brings ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’ to UM Feb. 3

Seven speakers set for this year’s program JANUARY 22, 2018 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM The University of Mississippi will host its third TEDxUniversity of Mississippi conference Feb. 3 at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts with seven speakers to give brief, thought-provoking lectures on the theme of “MomentUM.” This year’s lineup includes faculty members, a graduate […]


Twelve inmates from the Marshall County Correctional Facility joined the event via Skype with host Melissa Dennis, of the UM Common Reading Experience (left); facilitator Linda Keena, legal studies department chair (second from left); and panelists Patrick Alexander, assistant professor of English and African American studies and co-founder of the UM Prison-to-College Pipeline Program; Randall Rhodes, chief juvenile officer for the 32nd Judicial Circuit of Missouri and adjunct legal studies instructor; Patricia Doty, deputy warden of security operations at the Marshall County Correctional Center; and Terun Moore, a recent parolee. Photo by Marlee Crawford/Ole Miss Communications

‘Just Mercy’ Panel Sparks Restorative Justice Discussion at UM

Legal studies department and Common Reading Experience host 250 students for program NOVEMBER 16, 2017 BY SARAH SAPP “Is it the water that needs to be changed, or is it the fish? I think it is the water that needs to be changed,” said Joseph Holiday, an inmate at the Marshall County Correctional Center. Holiday’s […]


UM Professor Lectures on African Music at University of Georgia

George Dor invited as fall speaker for the Institute for African Studies NOVEMBER 10, 2017 BY ANNA HERD George W.K. Dor, professor of music at the University of Mississippi, recently delivered the fall lecture for the University of Georgia’s Institute for African Studies. Dor was invited as guest lecturer by Akinloye Ojo, the institute’s director. The […]


Nobel Prize-winning author and UM alumnus William Faulkner’s short stories will be the focus of UM’s 2018 Common Reading Experience. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

Faulkner’s Short Stories Focus of 2018 UM Common Reading Experience

Selection fulfills original goal of committee to showcase author’s work NOVEMBER 3, 2017 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM Selected short stories of a University of Mississippi alumnus and one of the most acclaimed American authors of the 20th century will be the focus of the university’s 2018 Common Reading Experience. The Common Reading Experience will showcase Nobel Prize-winning […]


Co-directors Otis Pickett (back row, left) and Patrick Alexander (back row, right) with 16 graduates of the summer 2016 Prison-to-College Pipeline course at the Mississippi State Penitentiary. Submitted photo/Mississippi Department of Corrections

Prison-to-College Pipeline Program Helps Participants Build Futures

UM-Mississippi College partnership supports pursuit of college education at correctional facilities JULY 31, 2017 BY EDWIN SMITH A partnership between the University of Mississippi and Mississippi College is promoting higher education in prison and helping incarcerated men and women transform their lives as they earn credits toward a college education. The Prison-to-College Pipeline Program began in […]