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Kidada E. Williams

Historian Focuses on Lives of Black Americans During Reconstruction

Kidada Williams gives annual Gilder-Jordan Lecture SEPTEMBER 7, 2023 BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY Many Americans learn in school that Reconstruction failed, but few can accurately identify who failed to do what and why. In the annual Gilder-Jordan Lecture in Southern Cultural History, historian and author Kidada E. Williams answers those questions in “The Devil Was Turned Loose: […]

The Costs of Diversity and Inclusion

Deborah Gray White to deliver Gilder-Jordan Lecture in Southern Cultural History September 15, 2021 BY Rebecca Lauck Cleary Starting in 2015, faculty, staff and students at Rutgers University gained a better understanding of the untold story of the disadvantaged populations in the university’s history through the Scarlet and Black project, co-chaired by historian Deborah Gray White. In this […]

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 […]

UM history professor John Neff, who founded the university’s Center for Civil War Research, was a noted scholar who is remembered for being approachable, with a door always open for his students. Photo by Nathan Latil/Ole Miss

Professor John Neff’s Door Was Always Open

Noted Civil War scholar and professor remembered for approachable nature and devotion to students FEBRUARY 17, 2020 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM Noell Wilson remembers beloved University of Mississippi history professor John Neff, with his distinguished, thick gray beard, always keeping his office door open and sitting there deep in conversation with his students. Neff and the […]

Columns Society members tells about the History and Context plaque at Barnard Observatory. Photo by Kevin Bain/University Communications

University Unveils Plaques as ‘Significant Moment’ in Its History

Markers provide history and context for campus sites MARCH 2, 2018 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM The University of Mississippi’s Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on History and Context’s work culminated Friday (March 2) with a “significant moment” in the university’s history: the unveiling of six new markers that are the product of months of study and feedback from […]


MPB: Teaching Tough Topics: Civil War History in Mississippi

December 3, 2015 In Mississippi, the Civil War still stirs emotions. It’s not so much that teachers disagree on how it should be taught, but that ongoing attempts by the University of Mississippi and several cities across the South to shed Confederate symbols have called up old ghosts. Sandra Knispel reports for Mississippi Public Broadcasting. […]

Attorney John W. Barrett Donates to the Civil War Library

John W. “Don” Barrett graduated from The University of Mississippi with a great appreciation of history and the ability to write well – both of which have figured prominently into his successful legal career. Now he’s saluting a professor who influenced him with a $100,000 gift. The Lexington attorney is providing the lead gift for […]

Retired Physician, ‘Patron of Archaeology’ Provides $100,000 Gift for Three Programs

Retired physician Dr. Van Robinson Burnham of Clarksdale passed on his love of archaeology and history to his family, as well as ensuring that others have the resources to explore and learn from these fields. “I’ve been planning to provide a gift to Ole Miss for some time now,” Burnham said. “This gift is meant […]