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This photo of William Faulkner’s first home in Oxford is the poster image for the 46th annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, themed ‘Faulkner’s Families.” Image from the Cofield Collection/ UM Archives

Annual Conference Explores ‘Faulkner’s Families’

Events include recording of ‘The Sound and The Fury: April 7, 1928,’ African American heritage tour JULY 17, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Three first-time events highlight the University of Mississippi‘s 46th annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, which opens Sunday (July 21) in Oxford. Focusing on the theme “Faulkner’s Families,” the international conference includes five days […]


Artist Lina Puerta’s From Field to Table: Seven Tapestries Honoring Latino Farm Laborers from the American South was underwritten by 21c for the SFA Fall Symposium in 2017. Puerta’s exhibit focused on overlooked and under-recognized Latino women and men who labor on farms.

21c Museum Hotel Gift Helps Feature Works at SFA Symposiums

Thought-Provoking Art JULY 1, 2019 BY MARY STANTON KNIGHT When giving a dinner party, the host often installs a centerpiece that ties together the theme of the evening. Thanks to a major gift from the 21c Museum Hotels, the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA) will continue to showcase Contemporary artists as the centerpiece of its annual […]


University Museum Joint Publication Set for Release

‘The Beautiful Mysterious’ showcases unique photography of William Eggleston JUNE 14, 2019 BY DANA ENGELBERT The University of Mississippi Museum, Friends of the Museum and University Press of Mississippi will celebrate the launch of their first co-published book, “The Beautiful Mysterious: The Extraordinary Gaze of William Eggleston,” at 5:30 p.m. Monday (June 17) at Off […]


Andrew Mellon Foundation Recognizes Invisible Histories Project

IHP-Mississippi satellite project lauded for oral history research MAY 15, 2019 by REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has recognized the work of several University of Mississippi partners through a $300,000 grant supporting the collection, preservation, future research and accessibility of LGBTQ history in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. The grant went to the […]


Southern Studies oral history/queer southern history students with IHP co-founder Josh Burford. Photo courtesy of Southern Studies.

Invisible Histories Project Receives Mellon Foundation Grant

Partners With Three UM Institutes APRIL 30, 2019 BY AFTON THOMAS In March, The Invisible Histories Project (IHP) received a $300,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. IHP included the University of Mississippi on the grant, which will support the collection, preservation, future research and accessibility of LGBTQ history in Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia. The Invisible […]


The annual Oxford Pride Parade is one of the feature events of Oxford Pride Week, regularly drawing more than 200 participants and a crowd of more than 1,000. This year’s parade is set for 2 p.m. May 4.

Fourth Annual Oxford Pride Week Begins April 28

Expanded event to feature alumni reunion, community picnic, parade APRIL 24, 2019 BY JUSTIN WHITMORE The fourth annual Oxford Pride Week is coming to Oxford April 28-May 5, featuring a variety of events, including some old favorites and some new features throughout the city and University of Mississippi campus. This year’s event, organized by the Sarah Isom Center for Women […]


Center for the Study of Southern Culture Gets New Director

Kathryn McKee will be the first woman to lead the groundbreaking center’s work APRIL 10, 2019 For only the fourth time in the 40-year history of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, a new director will take the helm. Kathryn McKee, McMullan Associate Professor of Southern Studies and associate professor of English at […]


Steve Palmer leads a presentation.

An Appetite for Excellence

Restaurateur’s gift will help ensure longevity of UM Southern Foodways Alliance MARCH 26, 2019 BY BILL DABNEY When restaurateur Steve Palmer overheard one of his servers say she’d like to buy a home if only she had the down payment, he started a company-wide home loan program. “We loan our employees their down-payment interest-free,” said […]


UM hosts its fourth TEDxUniversityofMississippi conference March 6

Another Year of Exploring ‘New Horizons’

TEDxUniversityofMississippi to host fourth annual speaking event March 6 MARCH 5, 2019 BY JUSTIN WHITMORE The University of Mississippi is set to host its annual TEDxUniversityofMississippi conference that will bring together speakers from throughout the university community to the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts at 6 p.m. Wednesday (March 6). The fourth TEDxUniversityofMississippi will host eight speakers, […]


Oxford Conference for the Book Welcomes Authors for 26th Year

Readings, panel discussions and lectures are free and open to the public MARCH 4, 2019 BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY What do a championship poker player, the U.S.-Mexico border controversy and the Appalachian South have in common? They are all part of this year’s Oxford Conference for the Book, set for March 27-29 at the University […]