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IDEAS Forum hosted on Monday

October 17th, 2021 by Kelby Zendejas via The Daily Mississippian  The University of Mississippi’s College of Liberal Arts and ISOM Center hosted an IDEAS Forum on Monday evening to speak about the current Queer Mississippi Oral History Project and its potential theatrical adaptation. The Queer Mississippi Oral History Project has over 40 interviews and counting. The […]


Aryana Gaines, a senior from Thompson’s Station, Tennessee, who is pursuing a major in design and theatre production, examines the costumes she worked to design for Ole Miss Theatre’s upcoming production of “Legally Blonde.”

Gift Creates Space for Ole Miss Costume Design Shop

Setting the Stage August 25, 2021 By Mary Stanton Knight In the hands of a costume designer, reams of fabric can be used to transport a theater patron to another time or even another world. A $650,000 gift establishing the Nancye Starnes Theatre and Film Fund at the University of Mississippi celebrates those transformations and […]


David Sheffield (right), former head comedy writer for ‘Saturday Night Live,’ leads a comedy workshop at the School of Journalism and New Media. Sheffield is in Oxford directing his play ‘The Heartbreak Henry,’ which he based on his experiences managing the Oxford hotel as a 19-year-old Ole Miss freshman in 1967. The play runs Aug. 11-15 at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Submitted photo

Former ‘SNL’ Writer Brings ‘The Heartbreak Henry’ to Oxford

UM alumnus David Sheffield’s comic recollection comes to the Ford Center August 6, 2021 By Lareeca Rucker David Sheffield, a University of Mississippi alumnus who went on to write for “Saturday Night Live” and several Eddie Murphy movies, has taken to the stage with “The Heartbreak Henry,” a comedy based on his experiences as manager […]


Faculty members from the UM College of Liberal Arts who have been recognized for their creative, research and scholarly activity during the 2020-21 academic year are (top, from left) Laura Dixon, Thái Hoàng Lê and Stephanie Miller, and (bottom, from left) Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Sarah Hennigan and Jacqueline DiBiasie-Sammons.

Professors Honored for Creative Research

College of Liberal Arts faculty recognized during spring semester JUNE 28, 2021 BY STAFF REPORT Six faculty members in the University of Mississippi College of Liberal Arts have been recognized for their creative, research and scholarly activity during the 2020-21 academic year. Four professors received the Dr. Mike L. Edmonds New Scholar Award for junior […]


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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 […]


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Isom Center Names 2021-23 Fellows

Fellowship emphasizes interdepartmental collaboration in gender and sexuality research May 6, 2021 by JB Clark The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies has awarded grants to six University of Mississippi faculty members for their ongoing research and academic efforts in the areas of gender and sexuality.The recipients – Yvette Butler, Jaye Davidson, Tyler […]


This year’s Hall of Fame members are Shelby D’Amico, Harrison McKinnis and Robert Wasson, all of Madison; Victoria Green, of Canton; Asia Harden, of Greenville; Swetha Manivannan, of Collierville, Tennessee; Joshua Mannery, of Jackson; Gianna Schuetz, of Huntsville, Alabama; and Robert “Cade” Slaughter and Madison Thornton, both of Hattiesburg.

Ten Seniors Named 2021 UM Hall of Fame Inductees

Students honored for service, achievement and leadership April 9, 2021 by Edwin B. Smith Ten University of Mississippi seniors have been inducted into the university’s 2020-21 Hall of Fame, one of the highest honors afforded to students at UM. The inductees were selected by a committee in accordance with policy developed by the Associated Student […]


UM senior Lawson Marchetti (center) portrays Caldwell Cladwell, the greedy owner of UGC, which controls the water supply in the dystopian future world of ‘Urinetown.’ The musical production blends stage and film elements to allow audiences to enjoy the production despite pandemic protocols. Submitted photo

Musical Theater and Film Blend to Take Audiences to Satirical Dystopia

Digital production showcases stage, screen talents of UM students April 7, 2021 by Katherine Stewart The University of Mississippi Department of Theatre and Film‘s innovative 2020-21 season continues with another opportunity for students to create and present theater in a way they have never done before. “Urinetown: The Musical” will be available to stream on-demand […]


‘Pop-Up Shakespeare,’ which runs on selected dates and locations from March 25 to April 20, combines the time-honored tradition of staging Shakespeare’s plays outdoors with the spontaneous, fleeting nature of trendy pop-up events.

All the World’s a Stage

UM theater program adapts to bring Shakespeare to audiences in time of social distancing March 22, 2021 by Katherine Stewart To safely bring theater to the public in the time of COVID-19, the University of Mississippi Department of Theatre and Film is using ingenuity to put a modern spin on a classic idea. “Pop-Up Shakespeare,” […]


‘The Long Haul,’ a three-minute short film directed by Ole Miss student Maggie Bushway, is among the entries in this year’s Oxford Film Festival. Submitted photo

Lights, Camera, Action: Oxford Film Festival Returns

18th annual event brings more than 200 movies to community March 18, 2021 by Edwin B. Smith The Oxford Film Festival is returning this year with an ambitious hybrid format and plenty of movie magic for all to enjoy. The popular festival, which will be held March 24-28 and throughout the month of April, will […]