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Classics Professor Sees the Writing on the Wall

Jacqueline DiBiasie-Sammons studies ancient Roman graffiti for insights into culture NOVEMBER 18, 2019  BY ABIGAIL MEISEL They didn’t have spray paint or Sharpies, but ancient Romans graffitied all over their towns thousands of years ago.  They created political posters, announcements of public events, like gladiators’ competitions, and personal greetings. One surviving salutation to a woman […]

A field trip takes students in Emily Cooley’s LIBA 102 class to Oxford’s oldest community-supported agriculture farm, Yokna Bottoms. Photo by Emily Cooley

Captivating Classes

UM offers dynamic assortment of niche writing courses OCTOBER 16, 2019 BY EMILY HOWORTH Somewhat hidden in the vast University of Mississippi undergraduate catalog is Liberal Arts 102, a course offering stylized freshman composition courses with off-the-beaten-path topics. From graphic novels and horror films to political history and the fundamentals of rhetoric, the classes fulfill […]

Educational programming has been an important part of the mission of the University of Mississippi Museum since its opening in August 1939. The museum is celebrating its 80th anniversary this month. Photo by Robert Jordan

University Museum Turns 80

From Vonnegut and O’Keefe to art lessons and lectures, landmark offers something for everyone AUGUST 26, 2019 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM As a child in the 1940s, Kaye Bryant used to wander around what is now the University of Mississippi Museum. There, her imagination was captured by fleas, but these were not just any ordinary bugs – […]

Greta Koshenina, a junior classics major at UM, is preparing to work this summer at the Poggio Civitate Archaeological Project in Vescovado di Murlo, Italy, followed by studies this fall at the Umbra Institute in Perugia. While on campus, she works at the University Museum. Photo by Dason Pettit/College of Liberal Arts

Classics Major to Study in Italy

Greta Koshenina receives six scholarships to fund archaeological research abroad JUNE 19, 2019 BY EDWIN SMITH A University of Mississippi classics major soon will study in two Italian cities, thanks to several scholarships she has received for archaeological research. Greta Koshenina is heading to a field season at the Poggio Civitate Archaeological Project in Vescovado di […]

Elizabeth and Will Galtney have adorned the walls of their home with Mississippi-created art, such as the oil painting behind them by Randy Hayes of Holly Springs.

Galtneys’ Major Gift to UM Museum Will Reveal ‘Hidden Treasure’

Historic Support MAY 14, 2019  BY BILL DABNEY Elizabeth Galtney fits right in among the painters, photographers, woodworkers, sculptors and other artists who live in the eclectic town of Taylor, Mississippi — an increasingly bohemian community just 10 miles south of Oxford. She is both a creator of oil paintings and a longtime collector. Her […]

Cellas Hayes photograph

Beating the Odds

Journey to Commencement: First-gen student Cellas Hayes seizes opportunities and sets sights on pharmacy doctorate MAY 9, 2019 BY LISA STONE Coming from a single-parent household in a small, rural Mississippi town, the odds are that Cellas Hayes should not have graduated from high school, much less college. The odds are that as a first-generation […]

Four UM Students Named Fulbright Finalists

Record group includes two headed for Spain, others bound for Germany and Czech Republic MAY 7, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Four University of Mississippi students soon will study in Spain, Germany and the Czech Republic, thanks to the 2019 Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Zachary Gill, a senior linguistics, Spanish and classics major from Saucier, […]

Lucy Turnbull, in a faculty photo from the mid-1960s

UM Remembers Beloved Educator, Scholar and Civil Rights Champion

Longtime classics professor, University Museum director Lucy Turnbull dies at 87 APRIL 25, 2019 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM Former University of Mississippi professor Lucy Turnbull will always be remembered as a beloved educator who could make her curriculum both easy to understand and infinitely interesting to her students, a mentor and a champion of civil rights […]

Classics Professor Named Humanities Teacher of the Year

Brad Cook receives honor from Mississippi Humanities Council, presents Feb. 11 lecture FEBRUARY 7, 2019 BY SHEA STEWART Brad Cook, an associate professor of classics at the University of Mississippi, has been awarded a Humanities Teacher Award from the Mississippi Humanities Council. The award recognizes outstanding work by a Mississippian in bringing the insights of the humanities […]

Brad Cook, UM associate professor of classics, balances an ancient Greek inscription over an X-ray fluorescent spectrometer as Lance Yarbrough, assistant professor of geology and geological engineering, and Melanie Munns Antonelli, collections manager for the University Museum, watch. Photo by Kevin Bain

Past Meets Future with UM Research into Greek Plaques

Classics, engineering professors team up to explore ancient history NOVEMBER 26, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART It is a delicate balancing act Brad Cook performs as he places a more-than-2,000-year-old golden Greek artifact atop a high-energy X-ray fluorescence spectrometer. In position, the wafer-thin ancient article soon will be beamed with billions of photons, all to unlock […]