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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 […]


Ted Ownby, former director of the UM Center for the Study of Southern Culture, reads outside Barnard Observatory. Ownby has received a Fulbright Award to teach and conduct research at the University of Southern Denmark. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Former Center Director Receives Fulbright Award

Ted Ownby plans to teach and conduct research at the University of Southern Denmark JUNE 25, 2020 BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY After Ted Ownby stepped down as the director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi in 2019, he wanted to do something different, so he decided to […]


The UM Summer College for High School Students will offer a variety of online learning and networking opportunities to allow rising 11th and 12th graders to earn college credit and discover more about potential career paths. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss

Summer Programs for High School Students Move Online

Academic, leadership and networking opportunities available through revamped offerings APRIL 22, 2020 BY PAM STARLING Summer vacation and activities will look different this year for high school students around the country. Despite the postponement of traditional summer camps and programs, the University of Mississippi is providing opportunities and scholarships for rising 11th and 12th graders […]


Shennette Garrett-Scott

Historian Wins Book Prize

Shennette Garrett-Scott recognized with prestigious Organization of American Historians Award APRIL 22, 2020 BY THE OAH Joanne Meyerowitz, Yale University, OAH President 2019–2020, and George J. Sanchez, University of Southern California, OAH President 2020–2021, announce that Shennette Garrett-Scott, associate professor of history and African American Studies at the University of Mississippi, receives the Organization of […]


Spring breaks forth on the University of Mississippi’s Oxford campus in front of Ventress Hall, home of the College of Liberal Arts.

Supporting Research

College of Liberal Arts Receives Boost to Research APRIL 17, 2020 BY BILL DABNEY A recent major gift to the University of Mississippi will help the College of Liberal Arts continue to attract and retain top faculty. The stock-transfer gift of $250,000 from a donor who wished to remain anonymous supplements a faculty research grant […]


Shennette Garrett-Scott, an associate professor of history and African American studies at the University of Mississippi, has been honored with the UM Paragon Award for her standout work in the realm of online teaching. Scott’s online course, ‘African American History Since 1865’ was honored for the innovative uses of technology and interactive components used to keep students engaged. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss

History Professor’s Online Teaching Wins Award

Shennette Garrett-Scott uses interactive tools to bring history to life MARCH 23, 2020 BY PAM STARLING At universities across the country, thousands of faculty members are working overtime to convert their classes to online courses in response to the COVID-10 pandemic. Shennette Garrett-Scott knows firsthand exactly what that process is like; the University of Mississippi […]


Kenneth Mayfield (left), Dr. Theron Evans Jr., Henrieese Roberts, Linnie Liggins, and Donald Cole remember their time as UM students in the very spot where they were arrested for protesting 50 years ago. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Then and Now: ‘Black Power at Ole Miss’ Spotlights Historic Events

University leaders reflect on 50th anniversary of arrests, recognize more must be done to heal wounds FEBRUARY 27, 2020 BY JB CLARK In a series of events intended to remember, reckon and repair, the University of Mississippi welcomed back many of the black students who were arrested on campus 50 years ago during one of […]


Fifth Annual TEDx Event Set for Feb. 29

Experts on politics, heart disease prevention, music and more to speak at Ford Center February 24, 2020 by Meredith Foster The fifth annual TEDxUniversityofMississippi conference is slated for Saturday (Feb. 29) at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, bringing together a diverse group of speakers on topics such as politics, race in […]


UM history professor John Neff, who founded the university’s Center for Civil War Research, was a noted scholar who is remembered for being approachable, with a door always open for his students. Photo by Nathan Latil/Ole Miss

Professor John Neff’s Door Was Always Open

Noted Civil War scholar and professor remembered for approachable nature and devotion to students FEBRUARY 17, 2020 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM Noell Wilson remembers beloved University of Mississippi history professor John Neff, with his distinguished, thick gray beard, always keeping his office door open and sitting there deep in conversation with his students. Neff and the […]


UM journalism graduate Will Jacks kicks off the SouthTalks spring series Jan. 29 with a talk about his photographs of Po’ Monkey’s Lounge outside Merigold.

Spring SouthTalks Begin January 29

January 23, 2020 by Rebecca Lauck Cleary The SouthTalks series, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, is offering a wide variety of events this spring, including five lectures focused on movement and migration in the South. SouthTalks explore the interdisciplinary nature of Southern studies and includes […]