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Southern Studies

UM journalism graduate Will Jacks kicks off the SouthTalks spring series Jan. 29 with a talk about his photographs of Po’ Monkey’s Lounge outside Merigold.

Spring SouthTalks Begin January 29

January 23, 2020 by Rebecca Lauck Cleary The SouthTalks series, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, is offering a wide variety of events this spring, including five lectures focused on movement and migration in the South. SouthTalks explore the interdisciplinary nature of Southern studies and includes […]


Professors Jaime Harker and Theresa Starkey in the recording studio

Steering into Dixie

Sarah Isom Center podcast puts new lens on Southern Culture DECEMBER 6, 2019 BY ABIGAIL MEISEL Rock stars.  Rebellion. Radical spaces. Welcome to the universe of “Swerve South,” a new podcast produced by the University of Mississippi’s Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies. “Swerve South”—a six-part weekly series which debuted on November 27—examines […]


The original promotional poster for the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture featured many icons of the region and encouraged everyone to ‘Read y’all about it.’

Encyclopedia of Southern Culture Celebrates 30 Years

Celebration set for Nov. 13 commemorates landmark reference work OCTOBER 31, 2019 BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY For three decades, the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture has fostered a deeper understanding of the South, encouraging everyone to “read y’all about it.” The Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi is inviting everyone […]


A field trip takes students in Emily Cooley’s LIBA 102 class to Oxford’s oldest community-supported agriculture farm, Yokna Bottoms. Photo by Emily Cooley

Captivating Classes

UM offers dynamic assortment of niche writing courses OCTOBER 16, 2019 BY EMILY HOWORTH Somewhat hidden in the vast University of Mississippi undergraduate catalog is Liberal Arts 102, a course offering stylized freshman composition courses with off-the-beaten-path topics. From graphic novels and horror films to political history and the fundamentals of rhetoric, the classes fulfill […]


Southern Studies Student Pursues ‘Outlaws and Armadillos’

Liam Nieman spends summer at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum OCTOBER 2, 2019 BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY If you want to learn about country music, what better way to do that than to spend the summer in Music City, USA? For Liam Nieman, a University of Mississippi senior who interned at the […]


Dr. Martha Jones

Gilder-Jordan Lecture to Explore ‘Birthright Citizens’

Legal and cultural historian Martha S. Jones set to speak Sept. 17 SEPTEMBER 15, 2019 BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY The rights extended to people who reside in the United States and whether or not those people are considered citizens is an incredibly timely topic, and historian Martha S. Jones can connect lessons and information from […]


Southern studies and anthropology professor Jodi Skipper is teaching SST 103: South and Race this fall as part of the revamped Southern studies curriculum. Photo by Kevin Bain

Change to Southern Studies Curriculum Offers New Opportunities

Major requirements adjusted and 100-level courses restructured in overhaul SEPTEMBER 5, 2019 BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY For ordinary University of Mississippi students considering a major that will make them extraordinary, Southern studies could be the one to help them stand out. Southern studies seeks to investigate, interpret, and document the American South in all of […]


Visiting documentarian and filmmaker Sophia Nahli Allison will screen her short hybrid documentary, ‘A Love Song for Latasha,’ as part of her ‘Radical Reimaginings in Documentary Filmmaking’ presentation at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Malco Oxford Commons Cinema.

SouthTalks Series Mines Interdisciplinary Nature of Southern Studies

Multiculturalism and social justice topic of first lecture Sept. 4 AUGUST 27, 2019  BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY The SouthTalks series, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, kicks off Sept. 4 with a fall lineup that showcases the work of professors, alumni and documentarians in various fields. […]


UM graduate students find a sense of community sharing meals together.

Fellowship Fund Furthers SFA Research for Graduate Students

AUGUST 22, 2019 BY MARY STANTON KNIGHT The work of the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA) at the University of Mississippi sets a welcome table where all may gather to consider the history and future of the South with respect and reconciliation.   The work pursued by the SFA, a member-supported organization based at the Center […]


Ted Ownby (left) and Charles Reagan Wilson, discuss Southern culture while enjoying some tamales in the Grove at the University of Mississippi. Both men previously served as director at the university’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture. Photo by Kevin Bain

UM’s William F. Winter Professor of History shares traditions, trends in region’s culture

UM’s William F. Winter Professor of History shares traditions, trends in region’s culture AUGUST 22, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Whether it’s using the phrase “y’all,” showing regional hospitality or preparing and enjoying specialty foods and beverages, most Mississippians think they know what it means to be a Southerner. But according to a University of […]