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Jeffrey Watt

Last Lecture Focuses on ‘Everyday Life’ in Early Modern Europe

Discusses project transcribing records from theologian John Calvin MAY 6, 2024 Covering topics from marriage contracts to demonic possession, University of Mississippi historian Jeffrey Watt explored aspects of daily life in Early Modern Europe in Friday (May 3) during the Mortar Board’s Last Lecture. “It’s a brief motorcycle ride through a museum of some of […]


Dean Lee M. Cohen (left), BAR attendees, Kirsten Dellinger, and Val Ross.

Celebrating Excellence and Achievement

Building connections at the second College Black Alumni Reunion event BY STAFF REPORT Dean Lee M. Cohen welcomed the 2024 Black Alumni Reunion attendees from the University of Mississippi College of Liberal Arts at a reception in Ventress Hall with faculty and staff. “This was the second time the College of Liberal Arts has hosted […]


Greg Johnson (left), Albie Chatfield, Katherine Tutor and Erica Howard work on an audiovisual digitization project in the Department of Archives and Special Collections. The team is working to digitize nearly 12,000 recordings that document life and culture in Mississippi and across the region in the 20th century. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Archives to Digitize Audiovisual Holdings for Worldwide Accessibility

Many recordings will be available on university’s eGrove repository MARCH 15, 2024 BY BENITA WHITEHORN Audiovisual holdings in the University of Mississippi’s Department of Archives and Special Collections will be modernized and gain audiences worldwide through a new digitization project. “Here in Archives and Special Collections, we have so many rich resources related to Mississippi […]


Dr. Charles R. Wilson

HISTORICAL SOCIETY HONORS LONGTIME FACULTY MEMBER, SCHOLAR

Charles Reagan Wilson accepts Lifetime Achievement Award The Mississippi Historical Society presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Charles Reagan Wilson, retired University of Mississippi professor and former director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, on Feb. 23 at the society’s annual meeting. Wilson, who retired in 2014 after more than 33 years at […]


effrey Jackson (left), chair and professor of sociology and anthropology, and Charles K. Ross (right), professor of history and African American studies, accept an award from William J. Bowlin, president of the Mississippi Historical Society, at the society’s annual meeting. The society honored the UM Slavery Research Group with an award of merit. Photo by Srijita Chattopadhyay/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Mississippi Historical Society Recognizes Slavery Research Group

Group recognized for cross-disciplinary approach to discovering history of enslaved people The Mississippi Historical Society has honored the University of Mississippi Slavery Research Group for its work in telling the stories of enslaved people across the South. The Mississippi Historical Society recognized the UM Slavery Research Group among 15 others that are working to preserve […]


PRISON TO COLLEGE PIPELINE

A ‘Game Changer’ for Incarcerated Students

Funds Help UM Expand Its Prison-to-College Pipeline’s Services, Staff and Courses FEBRUARY 15, 2024 BY JONATHAN SCOTT/UM DEVELOPMENT A $150,000 grant to the University of Mississippi’s Prison-to-College Pipeline Program (PTCPP) is helping expand course offerings and services to those looking to transform their lives during and after incarceration. The Laughing Gull Foundation, a Durham, North […]


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. […]


Speck-Thompson

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 […]


VENTRESS HALL

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, […]