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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 […]


The Lebanese in Mississippi

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 […]


University Presents First Diversity Innovator Awards

Inaugural class recognized for commitment to equity in the community, classroom and research August 11, 2020 by JB Clark The inaugural class of University of Mississippi Diversity Innovator Award recipients are professors who have found ways to not only serve their communities, but also strive to incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion principles into their teaching […]


Pastry chef Kelly Spivey studied baking and pastry within Southern foodways, and gender within domestic and professional kitchen spaces as part of her thesis for the master’s program in Southern studies at the University of Mississippi. Submitted photo

From Pastry Chef to Student: Studying Baking and Gender in the South

Kelly Spivey transfers skills honed in the kitchen to the classroom August 5, 2020 by Rebecca Lauck Cleary Kelly Spivey learned about adaptability and instinct from cooking in restaurants before deciding to exchange her rolling pin for a stack of textbooks. She turned those skills into a backdrop for her academic work as a student […]


Clarksdale, Coahoma County, Mississippi. Photo by Elliot Grime

Southern Studies Graduate Student Produces Documentary Photo Book

Elliot Grime explores Mississippi through his lens July 30, 2020 by Rebecca Lauck Cleary As an international graduate student, Elliot Grime wanted to learn about the culture of the South and better understand the region. For the past two years, he has taken documentary courses enabling him to get firsthand experience interacting with people, places […]


McIlhenny Company, maker of TABASCO®, is a longtime supporter of SFA work.

Hot Take

SFA Debuts Virtual Tour of Cajun Country with help from TABASCO® JULY 25, 2020 BY BILL DABNEY McIlhenny Company, maker of TABASCO® Brand Pepper Sauces is a longtime partner of the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA). This year, the duo collaborated on a first-of-its kind virtual tour of Cajun Country, a destination the TABASCO folks know […]


Ted Ownby, former director of the UM Center for the Study of Southern Culture, reads outside Barnard Observatory. Ownby has received a Fulbright Award to teach and conduct research at the University of Southern Denmark. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Former Center Director Receives Fulbright Award

Ted Ownby plans to teach and conduct research at the University of Southern Denmark JUNE 25, 2020 BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY After Ted Ownby stepped down as the director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi in 2019, he wanted to do something different, so he decided to […]