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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 […]


Scholars, Advocates Convene at UM to ‘Unmake Mass Incarceration’

Conference focuses on prison reforms, reducing recidivism, restorative justice and other initiatives DECEMBER 10, 2019 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM Against the backdrop of a nation with 2.2 million people behind bars, the University of Mississippi hosted a three-day conference focused on drastically lowering U.S. incarceration rates, improving higher education programs for inmates and envisioning a world […]


Anne Twitty (left), associate professor of history, greets students during the Department of History’s undergraduate open house outside of Bishop Hall on the Oxford campus.

UM History Department Receives Major Gift

Preserving History DECEMBER 9, 2019 BY BILL DABNEY A $150,000 gift to the University of Mississippi’s Arch Dalrymple III Department of History has better positioned the department to embrace long-range opportunities, such as supporting faculty with their research and teaching goals. The unrestricted gift, for example, may be used to offset expenses associated with faculty […]


‘Americans and the Holocaust’ Traveling Exhibition Coming to UM

Touring library display to arrive in Oxford in 2021 OCTOBER 30, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH The J.D. Williams Library at the University of Mississippi is one of 50 U.S. libraries selected to host “Americans and the Holocaust,” a traveling exhibition from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum that examines the motives, pressures and fears that […]


Albert Woodfox, known as one of the ‘Angola Three’ who was the nation’s longest-held prisoner in solitary confinement after being wrongly convicted and serving more than four decades at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, is set to deliver the opening keynote for the Making and Unmaking Mass Incarceration conference at the University of Mississippi.

Conference to Examine History of Mass Incarceration

Albert Woodfox, one of the ‘Angola Three,’ to deliver opening keynote for interdisciplinary symposium SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 BY CHRISTINA STEUBE More than 2.2 million people are imprisoned in the United States, a higher rate of incarceration than anywhere else in the industrialized world. On a state level, Mississippi is surpassed only by Oklahoma and Louisiana […]


Dr. Martha Jones

Gilder-Jordan Lecture to Explore ‘Birthright Citizens’

Legal and cultural historian Martha S. Jones set to speak Sept. 17 SEPTEMBER 15, 2019 BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY The rights extended to people who reside in the United States and whether or not those people are considered citizens is an incredibly timely topic, and historian Martha S. Jones can connect lessons and information from […]


Visiting documentarian and filmmaker Sophia Nahli Allison will screen her short hybrid documentary, ‘A Love Song for Latasha,’ as part of her ‘Radical Reimaginings in Documentary Filmmaking’ presentation at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Malco Oxford Commons Cinema.

SouthTalks Series Mines Interdisciplinary Nature of Southern Studies

Multiculturalism and social justice topic of first lecture Sept. 4 AUGUST 27, 2019  BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY The SouthTalks series, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, kicks off Sept. 4 with a fall lineup that showcases the work of professors, alumni and documentarians in various fields. […]


Ted Ownby (left) and Charles Reagan Wilson, discuss Southern culture while enjoying some tamales in the Grove at the University of Mississippi. Both men previously served as director at the university’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture. Photo by Kevin Bain

UM’s William F. Winter Professor of History shares traditions, trends in region’s culture

UM’s William F. Winter Professor of History shares traditions, trends in region’s culture AUGUST 22, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Whether it’s using the phrase “y’all,” showing regional hospitality or preparing and enjoying specialty foods and beverages, most Mississippians think they know what it means to be a Southerner. But according to a University of […]


David G. Sansing, professor emeritus of history at the University of Mississippi and author of the definitive history of the university, died Saturday, July 6. He was 86. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Mississippi Historian David Sansing Leaves Historical Legacy

UM staple passes away at 86 following storied career JULY 7, 2019 BY STAFF REPORT David G. Sansing, professor emeritus of history at the University of Mississippi and author of the definitive history of the university, died Saturday (July 6) in a Memphis hospital one day after suffering a fall at his Oxford home. He […]


History Professor Awarded Fellowship to Institute for Advanced Studies

Joshua Howard to spend 2019-20 academic year interacting with scholars in Princeton MAY 28, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH A University of Mississippi professor acclaimed for his research on modern China has been selected to receive a prestigious yearlong residential fellowship. Joshua H. Howard, Croft associate professor of history and international studies, will conduct research […]