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One of the Community Engaged Partnership Development Fund grants awarded this year aims to expand marketing efforts for farmers markets hosted at the university in partnership with the Oxford Community Market organization. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

University Supports Community Partnership Projects

Projects range from youth nutrition programs to sustainable farmers market activities FEBRUARY 3, 2023 BY ERIN GARRETT The University of Mississippi has awarded funding to six projects aimed at increasing collaboration between the institution and the Lafayette County and Oxford communities. The Community Engaged Partnership Development Fund grants are awarded by the Division of Diversity […]


Spring SouthTalks Continue ‘Race in the Classroom’ Theme

Series begins Jan. 25 with Michael Fagans discussing how images help us see world more broadly JANUARY 22, 2023 BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY The programming focus at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture for the 2022-23 academic year is “Race in the Classroom,” and the spring SouthTalks lectures follow that theme. Historically, classrooms […]


Daniel O’Sullivan (right), chair and professor of modern languages at the University of Mississippi, chats with a student in the program. The department’s doctoral program has become one of the fastest-growing on campus. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Critical Knowledge

UM’s Quality Enhancement Plan Hones Analytical Thinking JANUARY 23, 2023 Critical thinking is the basis of a college education and a skill that lasts a lifetime. “When you think critically, you actually strengthen and develop neural networks in your brain,” said Josh Eyler, clinical assistant professor of teacher education and director of the Center for […]


Ralph Eubanks & Ann Fisher-Wirth

University Professor, Emerita Honored in Governor’s Arts Awards

Honors recognize arts, patronage and arts-based community development JANUARY 12, 2023 BY CLARA TURNAGE A University of Mississippi professor and a professor emerita will be honored for their literary and community work next month when they receive the Mississippi Arts Commission’s 35th annual Governor’s Arts Awards. The commission is awarding Ann Fisher-Wirth, retired UM English […]


Eva Payne (center), UM associate professor of history, speaks with Madeline Burdine (left), a first-year graduate sociology and anthropology student, and Angie Rankin, a second-year sociology graduate student, about their display for the Queer Mississippi Exhibit in the Department of Archives and Special Collections in the J.D. Williams Library. The exhibit uses archival materials and quotes from the Queer Mississippi Oral History project to show the history of LGBTQ+ people in the state. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Queer Mississippi on Display at J.D. Williams Library

Graduate students gather, curate LGBTQ+ materials for exhibition DECEMBER 7, 2022 BY CLARA TURNAGE Eleven University of Mississippi graduate students have curated an exhibition of LGBTQ+ Mississippi materials as a part of a multidisciplinary study on the history of the queer South. Amy McDowell, associate professor of sociology, and Eva Payne, assistant professor of history, […]


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Mississippi Arts Commission Announces 2023 Governor’s Arts Awards Recipients

NOVEMBER 10, 2022 The Mississippi Arts Commission is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 Governor’s Arts Awards. Now in its 35th year, Governor’s Arts Awards are given to individuals and organizations to recognize outstanding work in the artistic disciplines, arts-based community development, and/or arts patronage in Mississippi. The awards, which underscore the important […]


Supporting Reading Experiences for Children

Scotts Provide Gifts to Book Festival to Pay Tribute to Mother OCTOBER 31, 2022 BY TINA H. HAHN Elementary school students will be encouraged to love reading thanks to a University of Mississippi endowment paying tribute to the late Elaine Hoffman Scott of Little Rock, Arkansas, remembered for her great passion for education and the […]


The Movement Made Us: A Father, a Son and a Legacy of a Freedom Ride

‘The Movement Made Us’ Authors to Speak at UM

Book tells story of original Freedom Rider and civil rights activist OCTOBER 21, 2022 BY ERIN GARRETT Authors David Dennis Jr. and David Dennis Sr. are set to host a conversation Tuesday (Oct. 25) at the University of Mississippi about their book, “The Movement Made Us: A Father, a Son and a Legacy of a Freedom Ride.” […]


The 11th Oxford Blues Festival, set for Oct. 6-8, features two Grammy-nominated artists and four Ole Miss faculty members, as well as several other regional and national artists.

Oxford Blues Festival Highlights Local, Regional Talent

UM Professors, Local and National Artists to Perform at Blues Festival OCTOBER 3, 2022 BY CLARA TURNAGE When office hours are over, some professors don’t hit the books – they hit the stage. Four such University of Mississippi professors are among the 18 bands scheduled to play during the 11th Oxford Blues Festival, which runs […]


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Where Integration Happened

Bus tour highlights desegregation sites across Oxford town SEPTEMBER 28, 2022 BY CLARA TURNAGE As the bus pulled away from the Lyceum on Tuesday (Sept. 27), Margaret Gipson, an African American resident and lifelong educator in Oxford, sat primly on the front row. Today, she would hear stories of integration across Oxford and at the […]