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Eva Payne (center), UM associate professor of history, speaks with Madeline Burdine (left), a first-year graduate sociology and anthropology student, and Angie Rankin, a second-year sociology graduate student, about their display for the Queer Mississippi Exhibit in the Department of Archives and Special Collections in the J.D. Williams Library. The exhibit uses archival materials and quotes from the Queer Mississippi Oral History project to show the history of LGBTQ+ people in the state. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Queer Mississippi on Display at J.D. Williams Library

Graduate students gather, curate LGBTQ+ materials for exhibition DECEMBER 7, 2022 BY CLARA TURNAGE Eleven University of Mississippi graduate students have curated an exhibition of LGBTQ+ Mississippi materials as a part of a multidisciplinary study on the history of the queer South. Amy McDowell, associate professor of sociology, and Eva Payne, assistant professor of history, […]


UM alumnus Reggie Willis lives in Juneau, Alaska. The 2018 graduate experienced homelessness twice during his time as an Ole Miss student after coming out to his parents. Submitted photo

Professor Launches LGBTQIA+ Emergency Fund

Sarah Isom Center director organized nonprofit to address concern DECEMBER 6, 2022 BY BENITA WHITEHORN Reggie Willis, who is transgender, will never forget when he lived in his truck on a diet of bagged cereal. He grew up in a middle-class family and lived a privileged life. He started at the University of Mississippi in […]


Nora Augustine

Isom Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Nora Augustine

“As I grow older, like many people, I try to be the kind of adult I wish I’d had in my life when I was younger.” —Nora Augustine, visiting assistant professor of gender studies Nora Augustine joined the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies as a visiting assistant professor of gender studies after […]


Isom Center Names 2022-23 Fellows

Fellowship emphasizes interdisciplinary research in gender and sexuality June 29, 2022 By Benita Whitehorn The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies has awarded fellowships to six University of Mississippi faculty members for their academic research related to gender and sexuality. Susan Pedigo, Lauren Bone Noble, Ari Friedlander, LaToya Faulk, Alexandra Lindgren-Gibson and D’Andre Walker are this year’s […]


Zamareyah Dawn puts on her feathered wings

A town of many colors: Oxford Pride

April 28, 2022 By Brittany Kohne via the Daily Mississippian All the colors of the rainbow will collide on April 24-30. Oxford Pride, organized by the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies, is hosting a whole week of LGBTQIA+ events. From a Pride Interfaith service on April 24 to a parade and drag show […]


Glitterary Festival Examines Boundaries of Literature and Gender

Organizers hope to spark community conversation surrounding race, class and intersectionality April 26, 2022 By Michael Taplin Members of the University of Mississippi and Oxford communities can listen and learn about queer ideas and representation in literature by attending the Glitterary Festival, a queer literary festival with a broad definition of what is literature and what is […]


Campus and Community Partners Spotlight Issue of Child Care Access

Isom Center to screen ‘Through the Night’ documentary and host child care panel The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Mississippi is partnering with a number of other university and community organizations to screen the documentary “Through the Night” to spark conversation around the issue of child care. The focus is on providing […]


LGBTQIA+ Lounge

A Place for All

Gift supports student programming in LGBTQIA+ Lounge January 14, 2022 By Mary Stanton Knight A gift from a University of Mississippi alumnus will support Spring Pride Camp, an annual event designed to provide fun, networking opportunities and information on campus resources for students who are members and allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. […]


Filmmaker Visits Oxford to Close Out Sarahfest

Kate Tsang to explore movie’s coming-of-age themes in craft talk October 30, 2021 By Staff Report The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Mississippi will host a screening, craft talk and public reception for filmmaker and Emmy-nominated writer Kate Tsang on Nov. 3-4. Her debut film, “Marvelous and the Black Hole,” will […]


Kate Tsang

Filmmaker Kate Tsang Visits Oxford to Close Out Sarahfest

October 19th, 2021 by Theresa Starkey On Wednesday, November 3rd and 4th, the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Mississippi will host a screening, craft talk, and public reception for artist, filmmaker, and Emmy-nominated writer Kate Tsang. Her debut film, Marvelous and the Black Hole, will be screened at […]