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Edge Effects Magazine: A Conversation with Jeffrey Jackson and Charles Ross on Ole Miss and the Shadow of Slavery

  In the last fifteen years, slavery has gone to college. Or, rather, colleges and universities have taken themselves back to school. Initiatives at several of the nation’s oldest, most elite institutions have sought to uncover their historical entanglements with slavery, which went overlooked—often willfully—for generations. The efforts date to 2003, when Brown University President Ruth […]


Faulkner and Slavery Conference

Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha July 22–26, 2018 Announcement and Call For Papers During his apprenticeship and early years as a published writer, William Faulkner evinced little serious interest in the issue of slavery or in the lives of the enslaved: their experiences, words, deeds, interiority, personal relationships, or historical legacies. This is perhaps surprising, given the fact of […]


Jodi Skipper

UMSRG Member Named Prestigious Whiting Fellow

Fresh off winning this year’s Mississippi Humanities Council Scholar Award, University of Mississippi Professor Jodi Skipper has received another accolade, this one a national honor. Skipper, assistant professor of anthropology and Southern Studies, has been awarded a prestigious Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship from the Whiting Foundation, a Brooklyn, New York-based organization that has a long history of […]


Brown Bag: Slavery and Public History in Natchez

“William Johnson, Diarist: Concepts of Race and Class in Our Understanding of Old Natchez” The series of personal journals maintained between 1835 and 1851 by Natchez barber William Johnson, a free man of color, provide valuable and fascinating insights into the complex world of a prosperous Mississippi river town in the years before the Civil […]


Brown Bag: Slavery and Public History in Charleston

In this presentation, Dr. Mary Battle describes challenges and opportunities for promoting public awareness of the history of slavery and its race and class legacies in Charleston, South Carolina. Battle’s research focuses on underrepresented histories in Charleston’s 21st century historic tourism landscape. Until January 2017, she worked as the Public Historian at the College of Charleston’s […]


UMSRG Member Jodi Skipper Receives Humanities Scholar Award

A University of Mississippi anthropology and Southern Studies professor is among five people being honored this month by the Mississippi Humanities Council. Jodi Skipper will receive the Humanities Scholar Award on Feb. 10 during the council’s 2017 Public Humanities Awards program in Jackson. The agency recognizes outstanding contributions by Mississippians to the study and understanding of the humanities. […]


DAACS Director Jillian Galle Visits UM

Jillian Galle, project director of the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (DAACS) at Monticello, worked with Maureen Meyers, assistant professor of anthropology, Tony Boudreaux, associate professor of anthropology and director of the Center for Archaeological Research, and the University of Mississippi Slavery Research Group on their new archaeological project at Rowan Oak in November […]


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James T. Campbell Public Presentation

“Freedom Now: History, Memory, and the Mississippi Freedom Movement,” a free, public presentation by James T. Campbell on Monday, April 11, 2016 at 3:30PM in the Overby Center Auditorium, should be of interest to anyone who wants to learn more about the African American freedom struggle, the civil rights movement, public history, and how history is […]


The public is invited to see archaeological work going on at Rowan Oak on Oct. 15. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

UM Slavery Research Group Digs at Rowan Oak

A University of Mississippi research group and the Center for Archaeological Research are conducting an archaeological investigation on the grounds of Rowan Oak in a search for evidence of slave life. The public is invited to see the progress at the site Saturday (Oct. 15) during Public Archaeology Day. The UM Slavery Research Group is […]


Slavery Research Effort Explores Campus Connections to Slave Life

A group of University of Mississippi faculty members is working across disciplines to learn more about the history of slavery in Oxford and on the UM campus. The UM Slavery Research Group, co-chaired by Chuck Ross, director of African American Studies and a professor of history, and Jeff Jackson, associate professor of sociology, includes 58 faculty […]