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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 […]


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Isom Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Nora Augustine

“As I grow older, like many people, I try to be the kind of adult I wish I’d had in my life when I was younger.” —Nora Augustine, visiting assistant professor of gender studies Nora Augustine joined the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies as a visiting assistant professor of gender studies after […]


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A town of many colors: Oxford Pride

April 28, 2022 By Brittany Kohne via the Daily Mississippian All the colors of the rainbow will collide on April 24-30. Oxford Pride, organized by the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies, is hosting a whole week of LGBTQIA+ events. From a Pride Interfaith service on April 24 to a parade and drag show […]


Jenny Conlee, of the Grammy-nominated band The Decembrists, will accompany a number of Ole Miss students alongside Sarahfest artist-in-residence Kelly Hogan for an Oct. 29 performance covering music throughout the decades. Photo by Jason Quigley.

Sarahfest 2021 Highlights DIY Arts and Music

Annual festival to host its first artist-in-residence September 28, 2021 by JB Clark This year’s Sarahfest is celebrating the do-it-yourself ethic that has been central to so many queer and feminist communities with its theme of “DIY Style.” The annual festival, hosted by the University of Mississippi‘s Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies, will feature […]


‘Out in the Grove’ to Celebrate LGBTQ Community

June 12 event to welcome community, provide resources for all June 10, 2021 By JB Clark After a year without an official pride celebration on the University of Mississippi campus and in the larger community, the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies is bringing the annual celebration of the LGBTQ community to the […]


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Isom Center Names 2021-23 Fellows

Fellowship emphasizes interdepartmental collaboration in gender and sexuality research May 6, 2021 by JB Clark The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies has awarded grants to six University of Mississippi faculty members for their ongoing research and academic efforts in the areas of gender and sexuality.The recipients – Yvette Butler, Jaye Davidson, Tyler […]


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Dorothy Allison Focus of April Sarahtalk

UM doctoral candidate Sarah Heying to talk about author’s exploration of sex, shame and intimacy March 30, 2021 by JB Clark Sarah Heying is exploring Dorothy Allison’s work as a leader in the third-wave feminism movement on Thursday (April 1) for the April Sarahtalk, hosted by the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies […]


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Isom Center Celebrates 40 Years of Women’s Studies

UM academic, social support center continues leading with yearlong reflection February 18, 2021 by JB Clark This year marks 40 years of women’s advocacy, research and education for the Sarah Isom Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Mississippi. The official story of women at Ole Miss goes all the way back […]


UM music students, alumnae and faculty members participate in safe, distanced recording sessions to create the first episode of the ‘yoU Me Music Hour,’ a new podcast series from the Department of Music. Submitted photo

New Podcast Considers Trouser Roles

UM music faculty and students use opera as a lens to think about gender OCTOBER 21, 2020 BY LYNN ADAMS WILKINS What does music have to do with women’s suffrage, feminism, gender and queer culture? Two University of Mississippi online events this week offer chances to experience music as a way of thinking about some […]