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NPR Morning Edition: UM English Professor, Poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil Discusses New Book

‘World Of Wonders’ Urges Us To Take A Breath And Look Around SEPTEMBER 7, 2020 By Rachel Martin/NPR Morning Edition It can be helpful to focus on the wonder of the natural world when so much of what is happening around us feels out of our control. Poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s new book aims to help […]


Jennie Lightweis-Goff

Isom Center Welcomes New Fellows

Virtual poster session by 11 presenters set for Sept. 9 on Zoom SEPTEMBER 4, 2020 BY EDWIN B. SMITH The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Mississippi has chosen a new group of faculty members for its two-year fellowship program. Created in 2018 with eight inaugural faculty fellows, the […]


Kiese Laymon, the inaugural holder of the Hubert H. McAlexander Chair of English at UM, has been selected as a 2020-21 fellow at the Radcliff Institute for Advanced Study. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Kiese Laymon Named Fellow at Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies

Acclaimed author, UM English professor joins history of influential thinkers in prestigious fellowship SEPTEMBER 8, 2020 BY KATHRYN ALBRITTON Kiese Laymon, a celebrated author and the Hubert H. McAlexander Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi, has been selected as a 2020-21 fellow at the Radcliff Institute for Advanced Study, part […]


Volunteers, including University of Mississippi students, help with a mobile food distribution in Lexington organized by the Lexington Food Pantry. Through the university’s McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, several students spent the summer engaged in communities across the state. Submitted photo

McLean Interns Empower Communities Through Challenging Times

Ole Miss students spend summer engaging in public service in north Mississippi communities September 2, 2020 by Laura Martin Though COVID-19 has reconstructed people’s lives and created many uncertainties, the community engagement work of the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement at the University of Mississippi remains constant. This summer, Ole Miss students, […]


English Department Graduate Begins Prestigious Fellowship

Laura Wilson’s research focuses on American writer W.E.B. Du Bois July 22, 2020 By Tharangi Fernando Laura Wilson, who earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Mississippi last spring, is the recipient of a Council of Library and Information Resources Postdoctoral Fellowship at Fisk University, where she will continue her research on American […]


Kiese Laymon, the inaugural holder of the Hubert H. McAlexander Chair of English at UM, has been selected as a 2020-21 fellow at the Radcliff Institute for Advanced Study. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Laymon Named to McAlexander Chair

Donor Ruff Fant Remembered for Commitment to Lifelong Friendship and Education JULY 8, 2020 BY MARY STANTON KNIGHT Each moment in the classroom is an opportunity for professors to connect with students and to significantly impact their education as they encounter the world during and beyond college. University of Mississippi English professor Kiese Laymon did […]


Traute and James Langmesser of Alexandria, Virginia, have committed an unrestricted $1 million gift to the UM College of Liberal Arts, strengthening such areas as graduate student support, faculty support and facility modernization. James Langmesser, a native of Chicago, Illinois, studied university catalogs to choose his college home, and his younger brother also graduated from UM.

Langmessers Make Major Commitment to College of Liberal Arts

A Gift for Future Academic Opportunities JUNE 30, 2020 James Langmesser – who, with his wife, Traute, has committed a $1 million planned gift to the University of Mississippi – becomes reflective and animated when talking about the course offerings he encountered as a student on the Oxford campus. “It was a veritable feast to […]


English professor Beth Ann Fennelly has been honored as a poets laureate fellow by the Academy of American Poets. Photo by Mike Stanton

English Professor Awarded Fellowship by Academy of American Poets

Beth Ann Fennelly will use part of $50,000 grant to support 2021 Glitterary Festival JUNE 29, 2020 BY THARANGI FERNANDO Beth Ann Fennelly, professor of English at the University of Mississippi and Mississippi’s poet laureate, has been honored as a poets laureate fellow by the Academy of American Poets, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated […]


Praveen Kolimi, a doctoral student in pharmaceutical sciences, is using his grant to continue his research into the topical application of itraconazole in skin cancer treatment. Submitted photo

Graduate Students Awarded Grants to Fund Further Research

Program also helps participants gain critical grant-writing skills JUNE 23, 2020 BY SHEA STEWART Sixteen University of Mississippi graduate students are continuing their exploration into research and creative scholarship pursuits such as Alzheimer’s disease, skin cancer and young adult literature in Mississippi classrooms as recent recipients of Graduate Student Council Research Grants. The students each […]


UM English professor Ann Fisher-Wirth will use a new National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to expand the university’s environmental studies minor program. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Grant to Help Expand Environmental Studies Program

UM English professor receives National Endowment for the Humanities funding APRIL 29, 2020 BY SHEA STEWART A University of Mississippi English professor will direct a multidisciplinary National Endowment for the Humanities grant to help further the university’s interdisciplinary minor in environmental studies. Ann Fisher-Wirth, professor of English and director of the university’s environmental studies minor, is principal […]