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effrey Jackson (left), chair and professor of sociology and anthropology, and Charles K. Ross (right), professor of history and African American studies, accept an award from William J. Bowlin, president of the Mississippi Historical Society, at the society’s annual meeting. The society honored the UM Slavery Research Group with an award of merit. Photo by Srijita Chattopadhyay/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Mississippi Historical Society Recognizes Slavery Research Group

Group recognized for cross-disciplinary approach to discovering history of enslaved people The Mississippi Historical Society has honored the University of Mississippi Slavery Research Group for its work in telling the stories of enslaved people across the South. The Mississippi Historical Society recognized the UM Slavery Research Group among 15 others that are working to preserve […]



Thirteen UM Students’ Projects Selected for Support FEBRUARY 9, 2024 BY TINA H. HAHN/UM DEVELOPMENT The Stamps Impact Prize, a new competitive award program at the University of Mississippi to support undergraduate-initiated, faculty-mentored research and creative achievement projects, has announced its 13 inaugural recipients. The program is the first of its kind in the nation […]

Saxophonist Kirk Whalum

Grammy Winner Kirk Whalum Coming to UM

Memphian jazz saxophonist among artists, speakers scheduled for Black History Month events FEBRUARY 5, 2024 Grammy-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum is coming to the University of Mississippi as part of Black History Month events scheduled during February. The Memphis jazz and gospel performer is the guest artist for the annual BHM concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. […]

Randy Morgan (left) was struggling in his graduate studies, he turned to sociology professor Kirk Johnson

Callings: ‘Let’s Work Through This Together’

Student, professor pursue their callings at UM NOVEMBER 2, 2023 BY CLARA TURNAGE Overcome with the burden of earning a master’s degree, Randy Morgan decided in 2020 that he’d had enough. He would quit and perhaps go back to his hometown or to his part-time job. Either way, he was done. Then the Sherman native […]

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University Partners with Local High Schools to Monitor Water Quality

Six north Mississippi high schools to test community water, engage in research OCTOBER 29, 2023 BY CLARA TURNAGE The University of Mississippi is partnering with north Mississippi schools this year to offer enrichment about water quality and citizen science projects around water testing in the community. The Environmental Protection Agency is funding the project with […]

Community Partnership Brings Fresh Food Options to Campus

University Joins local organizations to provide fresh, locally-sourced produce OCTOBER 21, 2023 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Healthy food met hearty appetites at the corner of Business Row and Dormitory Row on Thursday (Oct. 19) as The Farmstand made its debut on the University of Mississippi campus. The stand is the result of an innovative partnership between the […]

Tessa Cascio (left), a senior anthropology major from Gautier, and Wes Newton, a senior anthropology major from Guntown, inspect a possible artifact found at Rowan Oak as a part of their class’s public archaeology dig. The project is part of an effort to uncover the lives of enslaved peoples who lived and worked at the townhome in the antebellum period. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Rowan Oak Welcomes Guests for ‘Before Faulkner’ Public Archaeology Day

Students aid in digging up antebellum history of Faulkner’s historic homestead OCTOBER 9, 2023 BY CLARA TURNAGE The University of Mississippi Department of Sociology and Anthropology is partnering with Rowan Oak and the Oxford community to better understand the history of the property before it became William Faulkner’s home. Students are excavating the property surrounding […]

Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Award

Fulbright-Hays Award to Fund Study Abroad Project in Bolivia

Kate Centellas and 10 students to investigate health care disparities in Latin America SEPTEMBER 21, 2023 BY CLARA TURNAGE Ten University of Mississippi students will travel to Bolivia next summer to study the impacts and intricacies of public health anthropology as a part of professor Kate Centellas’ recent Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Award. For more than a decade, […]


University Launches Summer Research Program on Politics of Place

Interdisciplinary initiative to begin in May 2024 AUGUST 29, 2023 BY EDWIN B. SMITH The intersection of race and politics is the focus of a new summer research program coming soon to the University of Mississippi. The “Interdisciplinary Study of the Politics of Place” is an undergraduate research experience funded with a three-year grant from the National […]

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Sociologist Edits Book on Resilience and Community Development

‘More Than Bouncing Back’ provides insights, tools for rural communities AUGUST 20, 2023 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Anne Cafer, associate dean for research, scholarship and graduate education in the University of Mississippi College of Liberal Arts, is the primary editor of a new book examining how resilience influences community development. “More Than Bouncing Back: Examining Community Resilience […]