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Piano and Vocal Recital Offers ‘Words of Love’

Longtime collaborators present program of traditional, contemporary work SEPTEMBER 5, 2019 BY LYNN WILKINS Pianist Amanda Johnston and mezzo-soprano Tracelyn Gesteland will perform a program all about love, entitled “Mots d’amour,” or “Words of Love,” on Monday (Sept. 9) at the University of Mississippi. The 7:30 p.m. recital in Nutt Auditorium is free and open […]


Donald Cole (left), pictured here with state Institutions of Higher Learning Trustee Shane Hooper at a UM Commencement, is being honored with a named scholarship for his devoted work as a faculty member, administrator, mentor and advocate. The Cole scholarship will assist African American Studies majors and encourage them to get involved in the university and pursue progressive change across Mississippi.

Fundraising Campaign Honors Cole

Endowment Recognizes UM Leader’s Positive Impact AUGUST 28, 2019  BY ANGELA ATKINS For 50 years, Donald Cole has made an impact at every stage of the University of Mississippi experience – as an undergraduate and graduate student, faculty member, administrator, mentor and advocate. To honor his lifetime commitment, UM faculty, friends and alumni are working […]


Visiting documentarian and filmmaker Sophia Nahli Allison will screen her short hybrid documentary, ‘A Love Song for Latasha,’ as part of her ‘Radical Reimaginings in Documentary Filmmaking’ presentation at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Malco Oxford Commons Cinema.

SouthTalks Series Mines Interdisciplinary Nature of Southern Studies

Multiculturalism and social justice topic of first lecture Sept. 4 AUGUST 27, 2019  BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY The SouthTalks series, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, kicks off Sept. 4 with a fall lineup that showcases the work of professors, alumni and documentarians in various fields. […]


Poet January O’Neil Named UM Grisham Writer in Residence

Virginia native will teach during the 2019-20 academic year AUGUST 12, 2019 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM January O’Neil, an acclaimed poet who weaves environmental elements into her work, is the University of Mississippi‘s John and Renée Grisham Writer in Residence for the 2019-20 academic year. O’Neil, who comes to UM from Beverly, Massachusetts, is the author of “Rewilding” (CavanKerry Press, […]


Annie Cafer, UM assistant professor of sociologyi, has been awarded a prestigious Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. She is the first UM faculty member – and the first faculty member from a Mississippi university – to receive the fellowship. Photo by Thomas Graning

Sociology Professor Honored by Community Development Society

Anne Cafer receives national recognition for contributions to her field AUGUST 8, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH A University of Mississippi professor is being recognized for her contributions to the field of community development. Anne Cafer, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology, received the Donald W. Littrell New Professional Award from the Community Development Society […]


Aimee Nezhukumatathil

English Professor Honored by Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters

Aimee Nezkuhumatahil’s ‘Oceanic’ wins coveted 2019 Poetry Award AUGUST 5, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH A University of Mississippi professor has been honored by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters for her latest collection of poetry. Aimee Nezhukumatathil, professor of English in the university’s Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing, has been […]


Top Alumni of 2019

Alumni Association Names Top Alumni of 2019

Alumni Association to Honor Eight at Homecoming for Achievement, Service JULY 9, 2019 The Ole Miss Alumni Association is honoring eight recipients for its Distinguished Alumni Awards in 2019 in recognition of their service and accomplishments. Inductees into the Alumni Hall of Fame are: Kimsey O’Neal Bailey (BSPh 94) of Aberdeen; Donald R. Cole (PhD […]


David G. Sansing, professor emeritus of history at the University of Mississippi and author of the definitive history of the university, died Saturday, July 6. He was 86. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Mississippi Historian David Sansing Leaves Historical Legacy

UM staple passes away at 86 following storied career JULY 7, 2019 BY STAFF REPORT David G. Sansing, professor emeritus of history at the University of Mississippi and author of the definitive history of the university, died Saturday (July 6) in a Memphis hospital one day after suffering a fall at his Oxford home. He […]


UM blues scholar Scott Barretta takes a trip into the Mississippi Delta world of blues legend Muddy Waters in the 1940s with his new ‘Coahoma’ podcasts. Photo by Kevin Bain

Wading into Muddy Waters

UM blues scholar takes a trip into the Mississippi Delta of the 1940s with ‘Coahoma’ podcast JUNE 24, 2019 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM Field hollers, traditional African American church music and songs by a tractor driver who later became one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century are among the gems in the Coahoma […]


Professor Elected to College of Fellows of American Theatre

Rhona Justice-Malloy honored with lifetime recognition JUNE 4, 2019  BY KATHERINE STEWART One of the theater world’s highest levels of academic and professional recognition will be bestowed upon Rhona Justice-Malloy, longtime professor in the University of Mississippi Department of Theatre and Film. Justice-Malloy has been designated a fellow-elect and will receive investiture as an American […]