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Steven Skultety Named Director of Declaration of Independence Center

Administrator setting short- and long-term goals for events, education and research October 14, 2021 by Edwin B. Smith A University of Mississippi philosophy and religion professor has been named the new director of the university’s Declaration of Independence Center for the Study of American Freedom. Steven C. Skultety, chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion, was appointed to […]


New Course Allows Students to Learn and Experience Religious Relics

Pilgrimage class offers hands-on experience and opportunity to collaborate across disciplines September 9, 2021 BY Edwin B. Smith A University of Mississippi professor has created a new religion course that combines academic study of religious pilgrimages with the creation of 3D images of ancient relics. The course, REL 340: Pilgrimage: Sacred Journeys, examines many material objects that serve […]


Three College of Liberal Arts professors at the University of Mississippi were recently recognized for their superior teaching. Photo by Logan Kirkland/ Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Exceptional Educators

College of Liberal Arts professors honored for excellence in teaching JUNE 17, 2021 BY STAFF REPORT The University of Mississippi College of Liberal Arts recognized three professors for superior teaching at the end of the 2021 spring semester. Jason Solinger, associate professor of English, is the Howell Family Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Named after […]


Neil Manson, professor of philosophy

Faculty Focus: Neil Manson

A professor of philosophy at the University of Mississippi, Neil Manson received the 2021 Cora Lee Graham Award for Outstanding Teaching of Freshmen for the College of Liberal Arts. His central research areas concern metaphysics, philosophy of science, and philosophy of religion. Briefly describe your teaching philosophy/work.  What should people know about it? Let’s face […]


UM Named Voter Friendly Campus

Efforts from voting programs aim to increase education, registration April 14, 2021 by JB Clark The University of Mississippi has been designated as a Voter Friendly Campus this semester, a recognition given to campuses nationwide that plan and implement practices to encourage students to register and vote. The designation comes as a result of the […]


This NASA image depicts a planetary system named TOI 700, about 100 light-years away in our own Milky Way galaxy. It is home to TOI 700 d (illustrated here), the first Earth-size habitable-zone planet discovered by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. The University of Mississippi hosts an online conference Dec. 14-17 exploring the philosophical questions of the potential discovery of alien life-forms in coming decades. Image courtesy of NASA

Looking for Alien Life at UM

Conference on philosophical issues and implications of extraterrestrials runs online Dec. 14-17 DECEMBER 11, 2020 BY JAIMIE BROODING Seth Shostak is so confident alien life will be discovered in the next 20 years that the astronomer will buy everyone a cup of coffee if he’s wrong, and NASA shares his confidence. Shostak is senior astronomer […]


UM Ethics Bowl team members celebrate winning the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship. Bria Mazique (front) shows off the team’s trophy with (clockwise) Alexandra Kotter, John Jacob Mabus, Justice Strickland, Jacob Ratliff, Harrison Durland and Mimi Shufelt.

Ethics Bowl Team Wins Mid-Atlantic Championship

Group sweeps regional competition to advance to nationals in February 2020 JANUARY 3, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH The saying “third time’s the charm” proved to be true for members of the University of Mississippi Ethics Bowl team, which recently won the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional competition. The seven-student group was among 20 teams representing 15 […]


News You Can Use: Fables, Faith Mark Origins of Fall Festivals

UM experts reveal stories, customs behind Chinese Moon Festival, Sukkot, Halloween and Oktoberfest OCTOBER 28, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH With the arrival of autumn comes the observance of several festivals and holidays. As many make plans to participate in these fall celebrations, University of Mississippi religion experts have shared their origins and customs to […]


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Comicana Explores Broad Range of Real-World Issues

Weeklong UM event focuses on the role of comics and graphic novels in exploring weighty subjects OCTOBER 8, 2019 BY TRISTEN BLOXSOM A number of University of Mississippi departments have teamed up for Comicana, which runs through Saturday (Oct. 12) on campus, focusing on the role of comics and graphic novels in offering insight into […]


Twenty University of Mississippi students interned in Eastern Asia this summer through a grant from the Freeman Foundation. Submitted photo

Freeman Foundation Grants Send UM Students to Other Side of the Globe

Grant supports 20 student internships in Eastern Asia AUGUST 19, 2019 BY SHEA STEWART Stretching from Beijing to Singapore, 20 University of Mississippi students received global work experience this summer while interning in Eastern Asia through a grant from the Freeman Foundation. Their roles this summer varied, from an accounting internship in Bangkok to a medical internship […]