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UM Libraries Hires Archivist to Focus on University History

Speck-Thompson to document university’s history, serve as liaison to departments NOVEMBER 22, 2023 BY BENITA WHITEHORN Jeannie Speck-Thompson, a native of Ecru, has been named university archivist, the first faculty member devoted to this position in two decades at the University of Mississippi. An assistant professor, Speck-Thompson will process multiple formats of archival materials that […]

Dustin Todd

Alumnus Helps Improve Facilities for Ole Miss Student-Athletes

Dustin Todd cites myriad of experiences, importance of athletics for regional economy as motivators NOVEMBER 4, 2023 BY BILL DABNEY A young University of Mississippi graduate’s desire to give back to his alma mater was borne from a myriad of experiences, including memorable football games he attended, involvement in campus politics and family ties to […]


Original Library Collection Provides Insights Into UM’s Early Days

Archivist working on project ahead of University Libraries’ anniversary next year NOVEMBER 9, 2023 BY STAFF REPORT A celebration of the University of Mississippi‘s 175th anniversary this month would be incomplete without a nod to its academic underpinnings: the library and its original books. The original collection of the library, dating from 1849 to 1858, […]

The university will celebrate 175 years of educating students and serving the state and nation at 1 p.m. Nov. 6 in front of the Lyceum. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

University to Celebrate 175th Anniversary

UM invites alumni, supporters to day of celebration on Nov. 6 OCTOBER 10, 2023 BY CLARA TURNAGE The University of Mississippi will observe 175 years of service to the state and nation with a celebration at 1 p.m. Nov. 6 in front of the historic Lyceum. When Mississippi’s flagship university opened its doors on Nov. […]

Kidada E. Williams

Historian Focuses on Lives of Black Americans During Reconstruction

Kidada Williams gives annual Gilder-Jordan Lecture SEPTEMBER 7, 2023 BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY Many Americans learn in school that Reconstruction failed, but few can accurately identify who failed to do what and why. In the annual Gilder-Jordan Lecture in Southern Cultural History, historian and author Kidada E. Williams answers those questions in “The Devil Was Turned Loose: […]

Vivian Ibrahim

Q&A with Vivian Ibrahim on History and National Scholarships

Historian discusses Office of National Scholarship Advisement and new book JULY 30, 2023 BY ELISABETH BAILEY Vivian Ibrahim, Croft associate professor of history and international studies, joined the University of Mississippi in 2011 and was named the College of Liberal Arts’ Howell Family Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2020. A historian of the modern […]

Beth Kruse

National Parks Services Names UM Instructor to Humanities Fellowship

Research to focus on African American Experience in Vicksburg after Civil War JUNE 14, 2023 BY CLARA TURNAGE For the next two years, University of Mississippi history instructor Beth Kruse will live and work in Vicksburg, delving into the untold story of Black Americans in the tumultuous Civil War South.   The National Park Service Mellon […]

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

Ted Ownby to Retire After 35 Years

Historian plans to write new book exploring Mississippians who did fascinating things JUNE 5, 2023 BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY After 35 years as a member of the University of Mississippi faculty, including 11 years as director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, history and Southern studies professor Ted Ownby is preparing to […]

The 2023 Summer Sunset Series, a sequence of free

Summer Sunset Series to Highlight Art, Music and Alumni

Annual free concert series to include Mississippi musicians, Southern studies alumni showcase MAY 28, 2023 BY CLARA TURNAGE Each Sunday in June, members of the Lafayette-Oxford-University family can gather on the Grove for a night of music and culture as the annual Summer Sunset Series returns to the University of Mississippi. The free concert series […]

Oliver Dinius

Croft Director Earns Second Fulbright in Three Years

Oliver Dinius to study development policy and its environmental impact in the Brazilian Amazon MAY 24, 2023 BY CLARA TURNAGE While visiting colleges in Taiwan in March as a part of a Fulbright International Education Administrator Award, Oliver Dinius received an email saying he had received another Fulbright award. Dinius’ trip to Taiwan was part […]