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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 […]


Willie Morris Awards Announces Fiction and Poetry Winners

De’Shawn Charles Winslow and Christian Garduno honored this year March 8, 2021 by Rebecca Lauck Cleary A debut fiction writer and a poet are the winners of this year’s Willie Morris Awards, which recently moved to the University of Mississippi. Winning the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction is De’Shawn Charles Winslow for “In West […]


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Oxford Conference for the Book Goes Online

Sessions go live for 27th event beginning March 8 February 22, 2021 by Rebecca Lauck Cleary Much like everything else in 2020, the Oxford Conference for the Book, the longest-running event produced by the University of Mississippi‘s Center for the Study of Southern Culture, had to be canceled because of COVID-19 a mere two weeks […]


Chanelle Benz. Photo by Kim Newmoney

Willie Morris Awards for Southern Writing Announces Fiction Shortlist

Partnership with Oxford Conference for the Book aids mission to celebrate authors, books and reading SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 The judges for the Willie Morris Awards for Southern Writing have announced their 2019 fiction shortlist. The three finalists for this year’s prize are Chanelle Benz, for “The Gone Dead”; Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, for “The Revisioners”; and De’Shawn Charles Winslow, for “In West […]


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Isom Center Welcomes New Fellows

Virtual poster session by 11 presenters set for Sept. 9 on Zoom SEPTEMBER 4, 2020 BY EDWIN B. SMITH The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Mississippi has chosen a new group of faculty members for its two-year fellowship program. Created in 2018 with eight inaugural faculty fellows, the […]


University Reaches Three-year High in Fundraising

Faculty, staff and students benefit from $127.2 million in gifts August 19, 2020 by Tina H. Hahn Private support to the University of Mississippi during fiscal year 2020 soared to more than $127.2 million, up 26 percent from the previous fiscal year, despite challenges brought on by a global pandemic. More than 22,000 alumni and […]


“What the Eyes Don’t See” by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

‘Candid, Thrilling and Insightful’: UM Common Reading Experience Named

‘What the Eyes Don’t See,’ exploring drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, on tap for fall 2020 MAY 18, 2020 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM The University of Mississippi‘s 2020 Common Reading Experience selection tells the compelling story of the discovery that Flint, Michigan, had dangerous levels of lead in its tap water and follows the intense […]


Many members of the Ole Miss community are sharing advice, well wishes and bits of wisdom to help others get through these times of isolation and stress.

17 Inspirational Messages from Ole Miss with Love

APRIL 3, 2020 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM Charles de Gaulle, quotable French statesman and army officer, once said, “Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own.” Social media, always abuzz with inspirational quotes like the one from de […]


Fifth Annual TEDx Event Set for Feb. 29

Experts on politics, heart disease prevention, music and more to speak at Ford Center February 24, 2020 by Meredith Foster The fifth annual TEDxUniversityofMississippi conference is slated for Saturday (Feb. 29) at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, bringing together a diverse group of speakers on topics such as politics, race in […]


Willie Morris relaxes in the Grove at the University of Mississippi. Photo courtesy Bern and Franke Keating Collection, Southern Media Archive/University of Mississippi Library

Willie Morris Awards Move to UM

Generous gift ensures awards to be given in perpetuity FEBRUARY 13, 2020 BY JONATHAN SCOTT A generous New England-based couple with deep roots in the South, aware of the close relationship between a late-great Mississippi author and the Oxford community, is moving the celebrated Willie Morris Awards for Southern Writing from New York City to […]