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Rob Samuels, managing director, is an eighth-generation distiller at the Kentucky-based Maker’s Mark, which has gifted $200,000 to support the work of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi.

A Winning Combination

Maker’s Mark Partners with SFA APRIL 23, 2024 BY MARY STANTON KNIGHT/UM DEVELOPMENT Just as well-thought-out drink pairings enhance a meal, the partnership between the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA) and small-batch bourbon whiskey distillery Maker’s Mark is proving to be a winning combination. Rob Samuels, an eighth-generation distiller at the Kentucky-based Maker’s Mark, is a […]


University Celebrates Community, Employee Service

Annual program recognized achievements in learning, research, scholarship and service APRIL 18, 2024 BY EDWIN SMITH The University of Mississippi recognized accomplishments in community-engaged research, learning, service and scholarship by its students, faculty and staff members on Tuesday (April 16) during the annual Celebration of Service Awards. “Each year, I am always taken aback by […]

Dean Lee M. Cohen (left), BAR attendees, Kirsten Dellinger, and Val Ross.

Celebrating Excellence and Achievement

Building connections at the second College Black Alumni Reunion event BY STAFF REPORT Dean Lee M. Cohen welcomed the 2024 Black Alumni Reunion attendees from the University of Mississippi College of Liberal Arts at a reception in Ventress Hall with faculty and staff. “This was the second time the College of Liberal Arts has hosted […]

Greta Koshenina combines a lifelong interest in science with her University of Mississippi studies in classics and Southern studies to help the University Museum broaden its archive and programs for visitors. Photo by Peter Muvunyi

Past Meets Present for Museum Project Manager

Greta Koshenina combines passions for ancient Rome and the modern South APRIL 16, 2024 Like most 18-year-olds, Greta Koshenina came to the University of Mississippi unclear of what she wanted to do with her life. But through her studies in the College of Liberal Arts and at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, […]

The Oxford Conference for the Book celebrates its 30th anniversary of fostering discussion about writing, reading and authors this spring.

Oxford Conference for the Book Turns 30

Annual event partners with Southern Literary Festival to celebrate three decades of literary arts MARCH 19, 2024 The storied Oxford Conference for the Book returns to the University of Mississippi and downtown Oxford venues April 3-5 for its 30th anniversary edition. A group of authors, including Willie Morris, Barry Hannah and Kaye Gibbons, convened April […]

Greg Johnson (left), Albie Chatfield, Katherine Tutor and Erica Howard work on an audiovisual digitization project in the Department of Archives and Special Collections. The team is working to digitize nearly 12,000 recordings that document life and culture in Mississippi and across the region in the 20th century. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Archives to Digitize Audiovisual Holdings for Worldwide Accessibility

Many recordings will be available on university’s eGrove repository MARCH 15, 2024 BY BENITA WHITEHORN Audiovisual holdings in the University of Mississippi’s Department of Archives and Special Collections will be modernized and gain audiences worldwide through a new digitization project. “Here in Archives and Special Collections, we have so many rich resources related to Mississippi […]

Ralph Eubanks


Weeklong event includes discussions, tours and voter registration The University of Mississippi will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Freedom Summer Project in Mississippi during the 2024 annual Voting Summit. Scheduled for March 19-23, the event will focus on examining history and registering new voters. Activities include screenings, panel discussions and voter registration drives for […]

Dr. Charles R. Wilson


Charles Reagan Wilson accepts Lifetime Achievement Award The Mississippi Historical Society presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Charles Reagan Wilson, retired University of Mississippi professor and former director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, on Feb. 23 at the society’s annual meeting. Wilson, who retired in 2014 after more than 33 years at […]

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 […]

Willie Morris Awards for Southern Writing

Willie Morris Award Winners to Read, Sign Books at Conference

David Joy, Cassandra Jackson and Lauren Crawford lauded for works with sense of place Three writers who incorporate universal themes of art, landscape and family in their latest works are being honored as winners of this year’s Willie Morris Awards for Southern Writing, housed at the University of Mississippi. North Carolina-based writer David Joy wins […]