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Prelude to Dawn (2021)

Bruce Levingston’s New Album Inspires Hope Amid Darkness

UM artist-in-residence’s acclaimed recordings surpass 3.5 million streams April 8, 2021 By JB Clark This past year of uncertainty and stress has caused many to seek answers and inspiration in the familiar. For internationally renowned pianist Bruce Levingston, these difficult times drew him closer than ever to his music. Amid the pandemic, Levingston, the Chancellor’s […]

UM senior Lawson Marchetti (center) portrays Caldwell Cladwell, the greedy owner of UGC, which controls the water supply in the dystopian future world of ‘Urinetown.’ The musical production blends stage and film elements to allow audiences to enjoy the production despite pandemic protocols. Submitted photo

Musical Theater and Film Blend to Take Audiences to Satirical Dystopia

Digital production showcases stage, screen talents of UM students April 7, 2021 by Katherine Stewart The University of Mississippi Department of Theatre and Film‘s innovative 2020-21 season continues with another opportunity for students to create and present theater in a way they have never done before. “Urinetown: The Musical” will be available to stream on-demand […]

Greg Tschumper, professor and chair of chemistry and biochemistry, has been elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advance. Photo courtesy of Dianne Bond/Bella Vie Photography

Greg Tschumper Wins 2021 SEC Faculty Achievement Award

Professor internationally recognized for research in physical and computational quantum chemistry April 1, 2021 by Staff Report Greg Tschumper, professor of chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts, has been named winner of the 2021 SEC Faculty Achievement Award for the University of Mississippi, the Southeastern Conference announced this week. Tschumper joined the Ole Miss […]

UM physicist Leo Stein has been researching Einstein’s general theory of relativity, using signals from astronomical sources, with the most promising signals being gravitational waves, which are ripples in space and time. Gravitational waves have been detected as the result of the collision of a pair of black holes orbiting each other. Photo illustration courtesy of SXS Lensing, Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes Collaboration

Searching Beyond Einstein

UM professor receives National Science Foundation award to test general relativity theory March 23, 2021 by Shea Stewart A University of Mississippi professor will use his new National Science Foundation award to further explore Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity and pursue unlocking the universe’s gravitational secrets. Leo Stein, an assistant professor of physics and […]

‘Pop-Up Shakespeare,’ which runs on selected dates and locations from March 25 to April 20, combines the time-honored tradition of staging Shakespeare’s plays outdoors with the spontaneous, fleeting nature of trendy pop-up events.

All the World’s a Stage

UM theater program adapts to bring Shakespeare to audiences in time of social distancing March 22, 2021 by Katherine Stewart To safely bring theater to the public in the time of COVID-19, the University of Mississippi Department of Theatre and Film is using ingenuity to put a modern spin on a classic idea. “Pop-Up Shakespeare,” […]

‘The Long Haul,’ a three-minute short film directed by Ole Miss student Maggie Bushway, is among the entries in this year’s Oxford Film Festival. Submitted photo

Lights, Camera, Action: Oxford Film Festival Returns

18th annual event brings more than 200 movies to community March 18, 2021 by Edwin B. Smith The Oxford Film Festival is returning this year with an ambitious hybrid format and plenty of movie magic for all to enjoy. The popular festival, which will be held March 24-28 and throughout the month of April, will […]

2021 Black History Month Concert Video


UM music professor Adam Estes (front right) coaches the Ole Miss Reed Quintet between takes of a recording session in Nutt Auditorium. Photo by Lynn Adams Wilkins/Department of Music

Podcast Gets Inside the UM Music Studio Experience

Studios accelerate learning through skill development, performance and mentorship March 13, 2021 by Lynn Adams Wilkins Music students at the University of Mississippi have a range of opportunities, with ensembles, recitals, classes and extracurricular projects to keep them busy. But at the heart of their time at UM, and what keeps them grounded and progressing […]

Quiz Bowl and Speaker Highlight Double Virtual Oxford Science Cafe

Audience participation event, lecture scheduled for March 16 and 25 via Zoom March 9, 2021 by Edwin B. Smith Two separate events – including a science-focused trivia contest – will make up the virtual Oxford Science Cafe for March at the University of Mississippi. Both events, sponsored by the Department of Physics and Astronomy, are […]

UM psychology researchers have been studying the role of dark personality traits – narcissism, Machiavellianism, psychopathy and sadism – in predicting responses to the pandemic. Their results have yielded insights on varying perceptions of COVID-19 threat, emergency beliefs, and positive and negative responses to the virus. Adobe Stock photo

The Dark Doesn’t Hide It

UM researchers examine how the COVID-19 pandemic affects dark personalities March 9, 2021 by Shea Stewart The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a global upheaval, with lives lost, vanished jobs, social instability and other detrimental effects – and some people might find a bit of enjoyment in all the disruption. That is one conclusion from a […]