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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 […]


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, […]


The Costs of Diversity and Inclusion

Deborah Gray White to deliver Gilder-Jordan Lecture in Southern Cultural History September 15, 2021 BY Rebecca Lauck Cleary Starting in 2015, faculty, staff and students at Rutgers University gained a better understanding of the untold story of the disadvantaged populations in the university’s history through the Scarlet and Black project, co-chaired by historian Deborah Gray White. In this […]


Grammy Winners Highlight 2021-22 Ford Center Season

Slate also includes theater, jazz, blues and classical performances September 2, 2021 BY Edwin B. Smith Grammy Award-winning classical and pop acts highlight the 2021-22 season of performances scheduled at the University of Mississippi‘s Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. The fall 2021 schedule opens Sept. 14 with the world premiere of the multimedia experience “Voices […]


Schaefer Llana is slated to perform live as part of the Sept. 10 Mississippi Creates presentation at the Old Armory Pavilion. Submitted photo

Fall SouthTalks Series Focuses on Mississippi Voices

Lineup kicks off virtually Sept. 8 with Benton County reflections, goes in-person in October September 3, 2021 By Staff Report This fall, the SouthTalks Series, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, focuses on “Mississippi Voices.” SouthTalks explore the interdisciplinary nature of Southern studies and includes lectures, […]


47th annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference

Conference to Explore Contributions of Mississippi Authors

Annual event includes biographers and friends of William Faulkner, Eudora Welty and Richard Wright July 12, 2021 By Edwin B. Smith Renowned Mississippi authors William Faulkner, Eudora Welty and Richard Wright are the focus of the University of Mississippi‘s 47th annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, being conducted virtually July 18-21. Focusing on the theme “Faulkner, […]


Simone Delerme

UM Awards Six Achieving Equity Grants

Grants to explore areas of diversity, equity, inclusion June 13, 2021 By Shea Stewart The University of Mississippi is funding six Achieving Equity Grants for faculty, staff and students to advance diversity, equity and inclusion through research and creative scholarship. First funded in 2020, the competitive seed grant program explores challenges common to UM and […]


Ralph Eubanks, who has been named a 2021 fellow at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute, speaks at the 2017 opening of the Mississippi Bicentennial Exhibition at the University of Mississippi’s J.D. Williams Library. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Ralph Eubanks Receives Harvard Radcliffe Honor

UM professor and author plans to use fellowship to write a book examining the Delta May 25, 2021 by Rebecca Lauck Cleary Walking your dog can be a routine event, or it could be the exact time someone calls your cellphone from a prestigious university sharing the exciting news that you’ve been named a 2021 […]


Brian Foster, UM assistant professor of sociology and Southern studies delivers the keynote speech at the 2019 spring convocation for the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. Foster, the university’s honoree for Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year, is slated to give the program’s annual lecture virtually on March 8. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Brian Foster to Give UM Humanities Lecture March 8

Sociology and Southern studies professor named university’s Humanities Teacher of the Year February 25, 2021 by Rebecca Lauck Cleary Brian Foster, who was named Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year for the University of Mississippi, will give a lecture next month. Foster, assistant professor of sociology and Southern studies, is planning his Humanities Council lecture […]


2020 Oxford Conference for the Book logo

Oxford Conference for the Book Goes Online

Sessions go live for 27th event beginning March 8 February 22, 2021 by Rebecca Lauck Cleary Much like everything else in 2020, the Oxford Conference for the Book, the longest-running event produced by the University of Mississippi‘s Center for the Study of Southern Culture, had to be canceled because of COVID-19 a mere two weeks […]