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English Professor Wins Pushcart Prize for Best Essay

Chris Offutt also won Kentucky Literary Award for nonfiction this year JULY 7, 2017 BY EDWIN SMITH Even for someone who is already a respected, prize-winning author and screenwriter, winning the prestigious Pushcart Prize is a rewarding experience. “The Pushcart Prize is a personal milestone,” said Chris Offutt, associate professor of English and screenwriting at […]


Brook and Pam Smith recently pledged $1 million to support Gravy, a podcast produced by the Southern Foodways Alliance.

Good Gravy! Brook and Pam Smith Underwrite Southern Foodways Alliance’s Gravy With Major Gift

By BILL DABNEY | March 13, 2017 Knowing the unifying qualities of food, Brook and Pam Smith of Louisville, Kentucky, recently pledged $1 million to support Gravy, a podcast produced by the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi. “Folks in different places appreciate when someone from one cultural segment takes the time to dine […]


THE DM: Southern Foodways Symposium Gets Corny

October 13, 2016  |  BY ETHAN DAVIS for The Daily Mississippian Millions of acres of corn are planted in the United States each year, making it not only a major facet of the food we eat but also our culture at large. “Corn as Symbol, Sustenance and Problem,” the theme of the Southern Foodways Symposium this […]


‘Gravy’ Wins Second James Beard Foundation Award

MAY 9, 2016 | BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY The James Beard Foundation has honored “Gravy,” a product of the Southern Foodways Alliance, an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, as the nation’s best podcast. In 2015, the foundation named Gravy, the SFA’s quarterly print journal and […]


Giddy Over Gravy’s Second James Beard Foundation Award

APRIL 27, 2016  |  BY JENNA MASON, for the Southern Foodways Alliance—an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture Two years, two Beards. Last night Gravy, hosted by Tina Antolini, accepted its second consecutive James Beard Foundation Award, this time in the Podcast category. We are deeply indebted to the people who have […]


Southern Living Magazine Features Three UM Innovators Changing the South in 2016

“One thing we love about the South is that it’s always evolving. We cherish our traditions, but we’re also the first to cheer the rabble-rousers, the underdogs, the people who are shaping the South to be something new, something different, something we’ve never seen before” —Southern Living Three of the 56 Southern Living Innovators Changing […]


Lyon Hill and Kimi Maeda present Barbecue Puppet Theater at the 2012 SFA Symposium. Photo by Brandall Atkinson.

Nourished By Private Giving

Donors Support Art in Southern Foodways Alliance Programming February 29, 2016  |  By Bill Dabney While food nourishes the body, art nourishes the soul. The Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA) at the University of Mississippi expertly blends both into programming, and supporters believe the two will continue to pair well together for years to come. Impressed […]


Author Who Explores World of Food Trends Coming to UM

David Sax, guru of what America eats, to lecture Feb. 29 FEBRUARY 23, 2016  |  BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY Popular foods for 2016 include kimchee and packaged seaweed strips, but David Sax already knew that. Sax, an award-winning journalist and author, explores the world of food trends: where they come from, how they grow and […]


Mark Essig

Oxford Conference for the Book Brings Variety of Authors to UM

Poets, journalists, scholars and readers coming to campus March 2-4 for free event FEBRUARY 15, 2016 BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, as well as first-time novelists, are part of the variety of legendary and debut writers hosted at the Oxford Conference for the Book, set for March 2-4. Poets, journalists, scholars and readers […]


Generous Gift Adds More Goodness to Gravy

Lodge Manufacturing makes three-year commitment to Southern Foodways publication The nation’s leading manufacturer of cast iron cookware has committed $150,000 to the University of Mississippi-based Southern Foodways Alliance, giving the SFA an ingredient that will make its Gravy a little bit richer. Lodge Manufacturing of South Pittsburg, Tenn., will donate $50,000 per year for the […]