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Brian Foster, UM assistant professor of sociology and Southern studies delivers the keynote speech at the 2019 spring convocation for the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. Foster, the university’s honoree for Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year, is slated to give the program’s annual lecture virtually on March 8. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Brian Foster to Give UM Humanities Lecture March 8

Sociology and Southern studies professor named university’s Humanities Teacher of the Year February 25, 2021 by Rebecca Lauck Cleary Brian Foster, who was named Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year for the University of Mississippi, will give a lecture next month. Foster, assistant professor of sociology and Southern studies, is planning his Humanities Council lecture […]


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Oxford Conference for the Book Goes Online

Sessions go live for 27th event beginning March 8 February 22, 2021 by Rebecca Lauck Cleary Much like everything else in 2020, the Oxford Conference for the Book, the longest-running event produced by the University of Mississippi‘s Center for the Study of Southern Culture, had to be canceled because of COVID-19 a mere two weeks […]


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 […]


Brian Foster, UM assistant professor of sociology and Southern studies delivers the keynote speech at the 2019 spring convocation for the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. Foster, the university’s honoree for Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year, is slated to give the program’s annual lecture virtually on March 8. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Brian Foster Named Humanities Teacher of the Year

Sociology and Southern Studies professor enjoys designing courses to challenge and engage students DECEMBER 15, 2020 BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY Brian Foster is enjoying quite a successful conclusion to a wild ride of a year: the University of North Carolina Press published his book, he learned he would be co-editor of a prestigious sociology journal and […]


Peter Askew, a University of Mississippi alumnus and William Faulkner fan, provided Rowan Oak, the internationally recognized Oxford, Mississippi, home of the Nobel Prize-winning author, a more visible corner of cyberspace thanks to his gift of the rowanoak.com domain name to UM.

Rowan Oak Gets New Digital Address, Website

UM Alum Gives Faulkner’s Famous Home Popular Domain Name NOVEMBER 12, 2020 BY JONATHAN SCOTT Rowan Oak – the internationally recognized home of Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner – has quietly moved to a far more popular and easily accessible piece of digital real estate with a new address: rowanoak.com. The relocation of this celebrated […]


Jelani Cobb to Give Virtual SouthTalks Lecture

Freedom, race and justice will be discussed in Oct 19 session October 9, 2020 by Rebecca Lauck Cleary Journalist and educator Jelani Cobb frequently writes about race, politics, history and culture, and will share his views on the enormous complexity of those topics in a virtual SouthTalks lecture “The Half-Life of Freedom, Race and Justice […]


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 professors Adam Gussow (left) and Alan Gross (right), with bandmate Rod Patterson, have a new song out called ‘Come Together,’ aimed at inspiring unity during troubled times. Submitted photo

The Song in Adam Gussow’s Head

New track by two UM professors calls for unity, understanding during troubled times SEPTEMBER 28, 2020 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM For the last three years, a strange chord progression has haunted University of Mississippi professor Adam Gussow’s very musical mind. It was an uncommon tune, but it was usually there, in all its weird glory, for […]


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SouthTalks Events Go Virtual

Speakers for this fall include Jelani Cobb, Carol Anderson and Jacqueline Olive AUGUST 31, 2020 BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY Like everything else this fall, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture‘s SouthTalks are different than normal due to COVID-19. This semester, all the events are online, so although they won’t take place in Barnard […]


Roger and Rebecca Emerick want their planned gift to support the Southern Foodways Alliance based at the University of Mississippi.

Thinking Ahead

Estate Gift will fund John T Edge Southern Foodways Alliance Endowment AUGUST 6, 2020 BY BILL DABNEY Roger and Rebecca Emerick of Hillsborough, California, want their planned gift to extend the mission of the University of Mississippi’s Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA), an organization they applaud for its compelling storytelling and inclusive takes on cultures and […]