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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 […]


Generative AI

Writing and Rhetoric Faculty Examines AI Opportunities, Challenges

Faculty encourage their peers to ‘Explore, don’t panic’ NOVEMBER 20, 2023 BY ERIN GARRETT When generative artificial intelligence first emerged, three faculty members in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Mississippi were fascinated, intrigued and concerned. “I initially encountered it in April of 2022,” said Robert Cummings, associate professor of writing […]


News You Can Use: Pros and Cons of Using AI

UM experts share benefits, liabilities of artificial intelligence technologies AUGUST 24, 2023 BY EDWIN B. SMITH As artificial intelligence continues its global spread, two University of Mississippi experts advise the public to be aware of both the benefits and liabilities of this trendy technology. Generative AI, such as ChatGPT, can help with productivity by automating certain tasks […]


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Isom Center Fellowship Supports Innovative Research

Program encourages connecting gender and sexuality across academic disciplines AUGUST 15, 2023 BY CLARA TURNAGE Eight University of Mississippi faculty members have been named Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies fellows for the 2023-25 cohort. The two-year fellowship provides $4,500 per year to support recipients’ research. The initiative is a particular boon to younger faculty members seeking […]


Students enrolled in a Study USA course visit Capitol Hill.

Study USA Offers Courses Tied to UM’s 60th Anniversary of Integration

Topics include minorities in health professions, politics of inequality MARCH 10, 2023 BY BENITA WHITEHORN The University of Mississippi‘s Study USA program is offering five intersession courses with themes related to the university’s 60th anniversary of integration. “My vision is for students to understand that what happened here concerning integration isn’t just about the university,” […]


Willie Morris Awards for Southern Writing

Willie Morris Awards Awarded in Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry

Destiny Birdsong, Beverly Lowry and Adam Haver to read at 2023 Oxford Conference for the Book MARCH 6, 2023 BY STAFF REPORT The Willie Morris Awards for Southern Writing will celebrate some of the year’s best in contemporary literature in a session concluding the 2023 Oxford Conference for the Book. The awards program celebrates the […]


Oxford Conference for the Book

Authors, Musicians, Artists Gather for Oxford Conference for the Book

Annual event set for March 29-31; all session free to the public MARCH 6, 2023 BY LUCY GAINES AND REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY Among literature enthusiasts, it’s no secret that Oxford has long been a magnet for writers. On March 29-31, their numbers will multiply as more than 30 of the nation’s leading and emerging authors, […]


State Rep. Tommy Reynolds (center) visits with UM Hillel officers Malachy Bartkus (left) and Isabella Gadberry at the Mississippi Capitol. Gadberry and Bartkus spoke to the House of Representatives chamber on the 78th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Submitted photo

UM Hillel Visits State Capitol on Holocaust Remembrance Day

University’s only Jewish student community spoke on Auschwitz liberation’s 78th anniversary MARCH 5, 2023 BY CLARA TURNAGE Two students from the University of Mississippi Hillel addressed legislators at the Mississippi Capitol in Jackson on the 78th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, known internationally as Holocaust Remembrance Day. Isabella Gadberry and Malachy Bartkus, co-president and […]


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Can Artificial Intelligence Plagiarize?

UM professor collaborates with Penn State to study copying, paraphrasing in bots such as ChatGPT FEBRUARY 22, 2023 BY ERIN GARRETT Since the launch of ChatGPT in November, the online tool has gained a record-breaking 100 million active users. Its technology, which automatically generates text for its users based on prompts, is highly sophisticated. But are there […]


Speakers Edge 2023

Speaker’s Edge Competition Helps Develop Career-Relevant Skills

Seventy-five UM students show off public speaking skills in 19th annual contest JANUARY 24, 2023 BY STELLA CONNELL Costco as a mini-market, remote work technology, virtual passports and artificial intelligence in the food industry were among the topics addressed at the 19th annual Speaker’s Edge competition at the University of Mississippi. Students in business, accountancy […]