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Darren Grem

SouthTalks Continue Theme of Creativity in the South

Spring slate of events begins Feb. 6 FEBRUARY 5, 2024 The SouthTalks series continues the “Creativity in the South” programming focus this spring at the University of Mississippi, with lectures, performances and film screenings examining the interdisciplinary nature of Southern studies. The series is sponsored by the university’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture. […]


Chemistry professors Eden Tanner (right) and Jason Paris examine a vial of ionic liquid in Tanner's lab in Coulter Hall. The university has received an NSF Catalyst grant to support faculty gender equity and representation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Photo by Srijita Chattopadhyay/ Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

University Receives Funding to Promote Equity in STEM

Project part of NSF program to further gender equity in academia JANUARY 26, 2024 The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Mississippi a grant to support research related to faculty gender equity and representation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields at the institution. The $300,000 “Catalyst” award comes from the NSF’s ADVANCE […]


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Isom Center Fellowship Supports Innovative Research

Program encourages connecting gender and sexuality across academic disciplines AUGUST 15, 2023 BY CLARA TURNAGE Eight University of Mississippi faculty members have been named Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies fellows for the 2023-25 cohort. The two-year fellowship provides $4,500 per year to support recipients’ research. The initiative is a particular boon to younger faculty members seeking […]


Nobel Prize-winning author and UM alumnus William Faulkner. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

Faulkner Fans to Flock to Oxford for 49th Annual Conference

‘Queer Faulkner’ conference to discuss sexuality, gender and desire in author’s work JULY 18, 2023 BY CLARA TURNAGE For the 49th consecutive year, writers, scholars and avid fans of Oxford’s Nobel Prize-winning author will gather at the University of Mississippi for the Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference. This year the conference, themed “Queer Faulkner,” will focus […]


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Oxford Pride Week to Celebrate State’s Queer Community

Movie screening, poetry night and ‘Long Live the Queens’ parade scheduled APRIL 25, 2023 BY CLARA TURNAGE The Lafayette-Oxford-University community will break out the tiaras this year during the annual Oxford Pride Week celebration, which is themed “Long Live the Queens.” The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies, in collaboration with University of Mississippi and community partners, hosts Oxford […]


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‘Take Back the Night’ Rally Supports Interpersonal Violence Survivors

UM community to host resource fair, raffle and march for Sexual Assault Awareness Month APRIL 9, 2023 BY CLARA TURNAGE Members of the University of Mississippi community will gather Tuesday (April 11) on the Ole Miss Student Union Plaza to “Take Back the Night” during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The annual event brings attention to […]


The Honorable Governor William Winter served as Director of Proceedings for the Natchez Literary & Cinema Celebration for 27 years. Photo by Nathan Latil/UM Digital Imaging Services

William Winter Scholars and Others Represent UM at Natchez Literary & Cinema Celebration

Highlighting literature, history, film, and culture FEBRUARY 13, 2023 BY STAFF REPORT University of Mississippi professors, students, and alumni will be recognized at the 34th annual Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration on February 23–24. Latrice Johnson, an English and gender studies master’s student, and Eva Payne, an assistant professor of history, are UM’s selected 2023 […]


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Cultivating Creativity

Sarahfest Artist-in-Residence expands experiences and knowledge             FEBRUARY 10, 2023 BY STAFF REPORT For the past eight years the University of Mississippi Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies’ annual Sarahfest has celebrated and highlighted women and LGBTQ+ creators in the arts. The Isom Center and the Department of […]


Eva Payne (center), UM associate professor of history, speaks with Madeline Burdine (left), a first-year graduate sociology and anthropology student, and Angie Rankin, a second-year sociology graduate student, about their display for the Queer Mississippi Exhibit in the Department of Archives and Special Collections in the J.D. Williams Library. The exhibit uses archival materials and quotes from the Queer Mississippi Oral History project to show the history of LGBTQ+ people in the state. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Queer Mississippi on Display at J.D. Williams Library

Graduate students gather, curate LGBTQ+ materials for exhibition DECEMBER 7, 2022 BY CLARA TURNAGE Eleven University of Mississippi graduate students have curated an exhibition of LGBTQ+ Mississippi materials as a part of a multidisciplinary study on the history of the queer South. Amy McDowell, associate professor of sociology, and Eva Payne, assistant professor of history, […]


UM alumnus Reggie Willis lives in Juneau, Alaska. The 2018 graduate experienced homelessness twice during his time as an Ole Miss student after coming out to his parents. Submitted photo

Professor Launches LGBTQIA+ Emergency Fund

Sarah Isom Center director organized nonprofit to address concern DECEMBER 6, 2022 BY BENITA WHITEHORN Reggie Willis, who is transgender, will never forget when he lived in his truck on a diet of bagged cereal. He grew up in a middle-class family and lived a privileged life. He started at the University of Mississippi in […]