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IDEAS Forum hosted on Monday

October 17th, 2021 by Kelby Zendejas via The Daily Mississippian  The University of Mississippi’s College of Liberal Arts and ISOM Center hosted an IDEAS Forum on Monday evening to speak about the current Queer Mississippi Oral History Project and its potential theatrical adaptation. The Queer Mississippi Oral History Project has over 40 interviews and counting. The […]


UM Professor James Thomas pictured at his desk in front of a shelf of books.

NSF Award Helps Sociologist Study Effects of Social, Political Shifts

UM professor, graduate students to examine changing racial identities October 7, 2021 by Shea Stewart   A University of Mississippi sociology professor is studying how white people in the South are managing the wide-scale social, economic and political shifts of the 21st century. Funded by a National Science Foundation grant, sociology professor James M. Thomas’ study will help advance the […]


Robrecus Toles, a doctoral student, catalogs materials related to M.B. Mayfield

UM, Ecru Partners Working to Tell Story of M.B. Mayfield

Archival partnership helps shine light on one of university’s first Black students, acclaimed folk artist October 4, 2021 by Abigail Meisel Tucked away in a broom closet within a University of Mississippi classroom, M.B. Mayfield earned a fine arts education in the 1950s the only way he could at the time. A folk artist, the Ecru […]


Anthropologist Sheds Light on Politics of Migrant Life and Death

Jason De León brings work of Undocumented Migration Project to campus for Sept. 30 discussion September 28, 2021 BY Rebecca Lauck Cleary Jason De León will share his experiences as executive director of the Undocumented Migration Project, a nonprofit research-art-education-media collective, in a Thursday (Sept. 30) lecture at the University of Mississippi. “The Land of Open Graves: Understanding […]


Toe Tag Wall Prototype. Photo by Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin & Marshall College via Undocumented Migration Project

Participatory Exhibit Coming to Lamar Hall Confronts Migration Crisis

September 28th, 2021 by Lydia Lagarde McMullan Associate Professor of Southern Studies & Associate Professor of Anthropology Simone Delerme’s Movement and Migration focus of the Future of the South Initiative continues on the UM campus with a participatory exhibit coming to Lamar Hall. The Hostile Terrain 94 Exhibit, a part of the Undocumented Migration Project, […]


Daniela Griffin

Alumni Spotlight: Daniela Griffin

Daniela Griffin (MA sociology 16) is director of the North Mississippi Get2College (G2C) Center in Southaven, Mississippi. How did your interest in studying sociology develop? My interest in sociology came about while in undergrad at the University of Florida. I remember sitting in my Introduction to Sociology class saying, “this makes sense!” My professor was […]


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Census Data Offers Insights into Changing Face of the State

Mississippi leaders can use information to improve communities, stem population loss August 13, 2021 by Jamiko Deleveaux The latest installment of 2020 U.S. Census data, released earlier this week, offers some important insights for state and local leaders on how the region’s demographics are shifting and how to battle the trend of declining population within […]


The Triplett siblings, from left, are Lou Ann Woidtke, Liz Walker, Suzy Fuller, Diane Holloway and Chip Triplett.

Improving Student Wellness

Gift establishes Institute for Student Well-Being August 10, 2021 By Bill Dabney The Triplett family is making a big dream to help others come true. The family’s $500,000 gift, from the Dr. and Mrs. R. Faser Triplett Foundation, provides the seed money needed to establish the William Magee Institute for Student Wellbeing at the University […]


UM is acquiring an advanced Fourier transform infrared imaging microscope through a National Science Foundation grant. Expected to arrive in the fall, the instrument will be useful to researchers in fields such as forensics, pharmacy, biomolecular sciences, engineering, anthropology and chemistry — where it can be used to further study microplastics in the environment. Photo by Megan Wolfe/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Opening Tiny Worlds of Exploration

NSF funding provides new imaging microscope for UM research August 10, 2021 by Shea Stewart A powerful new imaging instrument arriving soon on the University of Mississippi campus promises to open novel worlds of research exploration. Through a National Science Foundation grant, the university is acquiring an advanced Fourier transform infrared, or FTIR, imaging microscope, […]


Annie Cafer, UM assistant professor of sociologyi, has been awarded a prestigious Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. She is the first UM faculty member – and the first faculty member from a Mississippi university – to receive the fellowship. Photo by Thomas Graning

Cafer Named Director of Center for Population Studies

Expert overseeing census, other data important to meeting research needs July 28, 2021 By Edwin B. Smith Anne M. Cafer has assumed duties as director of the University of Mississippi‘s Center for Population Studies, which works to educate, conduct research and engage in public outreach concerning population issues across the state. Since July 1, the […]