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Center for The Study of Southern Culture

Artist Lina Puerta’s From Field to Table: Seven Tapestries Honoring Latino Farm Laborers from the American South was underwritten by 21c for the SFA Fall Symposium in 2017. Puerta’s exhibit focused on overlooked and under-recognized Latino women and men who labor on farms.

21c Museum Hotel Gift Helps Feature Works at SFA Symposiums

Thought-Provoking Art JULY 1, 2019 BY MARY STANTON KNIGHT When giving a dinner party, the host often installs a centerpiece that ties together the theme of the evening. Thanks to a major gift from the 21c Museum Hotels, the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA) will continue to showcase Contemporary artists as the centerpiece of its annual […]


University Museum Joint Publication Set for Release

‘The Beautiful Mysterious’ showcases unique photography of William Eggleston JUNE 14, 2019 BY DANA ENGELBERT The University of Mississippi Museum, Friends of the Museum and University Press of Mississippi will celebrate the launch of their first co-published book, “The Beautiful Mysterious: The Extraordinary Gaze of William Eggleston,” at 5:30 p.m. Monday (June 17) at Off […]


Andrew Mellon Foundation Recognizes Invisible Histories Project

IHP-Mississippi satellite project lauded for oral history research MAY 15, 2019 by REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has recognized the work of several University of Mississippi partners through a $300,000 grant supporting the collection, preservation, future research and accessibility of LGBTQ history in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. The grant went to the […]


Southern Studies oral history/queer southern history students with IHP co-founder Josh Burford. Photo courtesy of Southern Studies.

Invisible Histories Project Receives Mellon Foundation Grant

Partners With Three UM Institutes APRIL 30, 2019 BY AFTON THOMAS In March, The Invisible Histories Project (IHP) received a $300,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. IHP included the University of Mississippi on the grant, which will support the collection, preservation, future research and accessibility of LGBTQ history in Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia. The Invisible […]


Center for the Study of Southern Culture Gets New Director

Kathryn McKee will be the first woman to lead the groundbreaking center’s work APRIL 10, 2019 For only the fourth time in the 40-year history of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, a new director will take the helm. Kathryn McKee, McMullan Associate Professor of Southern Studies and associate professor of English at […]


Steve Palmer leads a presentation.

An Appetite for Excellence

Restaurateur’s gift will help ensure longevity of UM Southern Foodways Alliance MARCH 26, 2019 BY BILL DABNEY When restaurateur Steve Palmer overheard one of his servers say she’d like to buy a home if only she had the down payment, he started a company-wide home loan program. “We loan our employees their down-payment interest-free,” said […]


UM hosts its fourth TEDxUniversityofMississippi conference March 6

Another Year of Exploring ‘New Horizons’

TEDxUniversityofMississippi to host fourth annual speaking event March 6 MARCH 5, 2019 BY JUSTIN WHITMORE The University of Mississippi is set to host its annual TEDxUniversityofMississippi conference that will bring together speakers from throughout the university community to the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts at 6 p.m. Wednesday (March 6). The fourth TEDxUniversityofMississippi will host eight speakers, […]


Oxford Conference for the Book Welcomes Authors for 26th Year

Readings, panel discussions and lectures are free and open to the public MARCH 4, 2019 BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY What do a championship poker player, the U.S.-Mexico border controversy and the Appalachian South have in common? They are all part of this year’s Oxford Conference for the Book, set for March 27-29 at the University […]


UM students and faculty participate in a discussion of slavery, segregation and racism on the grounds of Rowan Oak before staying overnight in the old kitchen, behind the house. Photo by Thomas Graning/

Students and Faculty Spend the Night on Rowan Oak Grounds

Joseph McGill, founder of the Slave Dwelling Project, leads group in discussion and reflection MAY 9, 2018 BY CHRISTINA STEUBE Ten University of Mississippi students and two professors spent a night recently in sleeping bags in the old kitchen behind Rowan Oak, home of Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner, as part of the Slave Dwelling […]


Jon Parrish Peede Sworn In as Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities

MAY 3, 2018 Jon Parrish Peede (MA Southern Studies ’93) was sworn in today as the 11th chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) at a ceremony at the White House. “It is a distinct honor to be nominated by President Donald J. Trump and confirmed by the US Senate to serve as Chairman […]