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Graduate Student Monica Campbell Wins Research Grant

Posted on: April 8th, 2019 by atwitty

Monica N. Campbell, a Ph.D. candidate in the Arch Dalrymple III Department of History, has been awarded an Albert J. Beveridge Grant to support research in the history of the Western Hemisphere (United States, Canada, and Latin America) from the American Historical Association.

Campbell will use this money together with a Dalrymple Research Grant for summer 2019 to visit the LBJ Library in Austin and to revisit the archives at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

These research trips will help Campbell complete her dissertation, which charts the implementation of wholly market and private sector based urban planning policies through Little Rock’s Metroplan urban renewal program in the 1950s/60s. Specifically, she examines how Little Rock’s urban renewal strategists adapted the policies that became neoliberalism – including the destruction of public housing, the public-private coalition of city government and private investors, and gentrification – decades before they appeared in larger cities. She argues that, although on the national periphery and controversial in the 1950s, Little Rock’s urban renewal policies helped redefine the center ground of American political economy twenty years later. Close examination of this moment in urban history illustrates how smaller cities served as laboratories for urban renewal plans that centered around business and pro-growth politics to revitalize city centers, rather than escape them, in conjunction with state anti-labor policies that would inform the emergence of third-way liberalism in the 1970s.

Shennette Garrett-Scott Featured in PBS Documentary

Posted on: April 8th, 2019 by atwitty

Associate Professor of History & African American Studies Shennette Garrett-Scott will be featured on PBS’s new documentary series “Boss: The Black Experience in Business,” which premieres Tuesday, April 23 at 8PM. Catch Dr. Garrett-Scott in this trailer, and don’t forget to tune in!

Students Present Research at Undergraduate Conference

Posted on: April 8th, 2019 by atwitty

Three University of Mississippi undergraduates presented their original research at Mississippi State’s eleventh annual Symposium for History Undergraduate Research in Starkville on April 5-6, 2019.

History and English major Jacob Ferguson, explored why and to what extent did white southerners and slave owners listened to slave testimonies in his paper, “Paternalism and Property Rights in the Slaveholding South: F.A.P. Barnard’s Trial at the University of Mississippi, White Southerners, and Slave Testimonies.” Ferguson’s starting point is the rape of Jane, an enslaved woman claimed by University of Mississippi Chancellor F.A.P. Barnard, who was attacked by a white student in 1859. Though the Board of Trustees found the accused student legally not guilty, Barnard had the student’s guardians withdraw him from the university, which led to questions among university faculty and prominent community members about whether Barnard was sound on the slavery question. Eventually, Barnard’s decision to take the word of a slave over that of a white student led to a second trial to determine where Barnard’s loyalties lay, and Barnard’s eventual resignation. Ferguson then considers a variety of situations in which slaves commanded an audience, including moments when masters were expected to listen to and respond to slave complaints. In discussing these circumstances at length, it arrives at a more nuanced understanding of the traditional slave-master relationship and what it meant to be a respected southern slave master.

Brian Hicks, a history and political science major, presented a paper entitled, “World War II: Alles, Axis, and EGYPT?!?!?: American and Egyptian Relations During World War II.”  Drawing on a collection of American State Papers from the World War II period, Hicks explored the trade and cultural relations between United States and Egypt during the course of World War II, with a specific focus on how trade relations not only benefitted Egypt, but also helped establish expanding American influence on the World. By doing so, Hicks aims to shed additional light on the ignored countries of World War II and add to the existing literature on the effects of World War II.

Finally, in “The Stories They Told: An Examination of The Stars and Stripes Newspaper Collection in the Archives of at University of Mississippi,” history major Jordan Holman explored The Stars and Stripes, a newspaper published in Paris by the American Expeditionary Forces (A.E.F.) in WWI to give insight into the lives of the American soldiers engaged in the conflict. Specifically, Jordan’s paper sought to give context to the tagline “by and for the soldiers of the A.E.F.” – uncovering what it means for a newspaper to be written by ex-soldiers for current soldiers. It also examines both the dialogue and narrative the soldiers created for themselves and one another, and how the soldiers catered to one another’s psychological needs through the written word, as The Stars and Stripes became, in the words of John Winterich, “the emotional pacemaker of the A.E.F.”

Learn about Study Abroad on April 18

Posted on: April 8th, 2019 by atwitty

Are you thinking about Study Abroad? Want to learn more about where you can travel? How it’ll affect your progress towards your degree? What it will cost?

The Undergraduate Committee has you covered! Come join us on Thursday, April 18 from noon to 1PM in the Bishop Hall Third Floor lobby for information and free pizza!

Ida B. Wells Teach-In: A Monument to Justice

Posted on: March 27th, 2019 by atwitty

Come join us April 5, 4-6pm in Barnard Observatory 105 to learn more about the life and legacy of Ida B. Wells and efforts to honor her at the University of Mississippi. We’ll read selections from her writings, learn about her racial justice activism and feminism, hear from her great-granddaughter Michelle Duster, and give away tee-shirts, buttons, and patches in a round of trivia.

Visiting Speaker: Dr. Carmelita Hinton, “History in Images”

Posted on: March 22nd, 2019 by suneetha

Director Carma Hinton will show excerpts from her film, The Gate of Heavenly Peace (1995), as well as out-takes from the film. She will discuss her decisions on what to include and exclude in telling the story of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protest movement, and how these decisions affected her presentation of the events covered by the film. She will also address the different problems that the historian encounters when presenting history in images as opposed to in words: the potential and limitation of each medium and what information each might privilege or obscure.

Alexandra Lindgren-Gibson Wins Prestigious Research Fellowship

Posted on: March 9th, 2019 by atwitty

Alexandra Lindgren-Gibson, an assistant professor of history at the University of Mississippi, has been awarded a research fellowship from the University of Rochester, which funds a year of workshops, programs, research and biweekly Humanities Center seminars.

Lindgren-Gibson said she was absolutely delighted when she found out she received this fellowship.

“It’s an honor to receive this kind of fellowship, which is basically getting someone to pay you to write and talk about ideas with other really smart people,” Lindgren-Gibson said. “On a practical level, this means that I’ll have the time to complete my book manuscript and hopefully think about where I want my research to go next.”

Lindgren-Gibson has been working on a book manuscript titled “Working-Class Raj: Colonialism and the Making of Class in British India,” which resituates British working-class history as both imperial and global history in exploring the experience of British soldiers and railway workers in India during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Every year, the fellowship has a theme, and fittingly, this year’s theme is community, which Lindgren-Gibson said fits well with her research.

“That’s what attracted me to the fellowship,” Lindgren-Gibson said. “I think about how people maintained relationships and tried – sometimes succeeding, sometimes failing – across vast geographic and cultural distances.

“I’m excited to be in a place where I’ll get to work with other scholars who are thinking about the same kinds of questions I am.”

At Ole Miss, Lindgren-Gibson teaches graduate courses on European and imperial history and undergraduate courses on the history of modern Europe, the British Empire, gender and sexuality in European history, and the history of shopping. She also teaches undergraduate courses in public history.

Noell Wilson, chair of the history and Croft associate professor of history and international studies, said she was thrilled when she found out Lindgren-Gibson received this fellowship, but she wasn’t surprised.

“No other historian here has received this particular fellowship, and it is a significant honor for a pre-tenure assistant professor to receive this award when the fellowship is open to faculty of any rank,” Wilson said. “Alex’s competitiveness in a pool with senior scholars speaks both to the sophistication and innovation of her work in linking the study of imperialism and class.”

Wilson added that she’s excited for Lindgren-Gibson and what this will bring to the university.

“Having a year in residence at the University of Rochester to interact with their faculty and visiting scholars will provide important opportunities for Alex to gather new ideas for both her research and teaching, which she can leverage to strengthen the Department of History here at UM,” Wilson said.

Story by Kathryn Abernathy

Porter Fortune Conference, March 29-30, 2019

Posted on: March 6th, 2019 by suneetha

As part of a campus wide commemoration of the 400th year of the arrival of the first Africans in British North America coordinated by the UM slavery research group, we will examine the emergence of racially defined slavery in the Atlantic World and how it was challenged from the Age of Exploration through the Napoleonic Wars.  16 speakers will address the variety of racially constructed systems of chattel bondage created by different European imperial powers in the Americas, along with the ways in which challenges to these constructions both threatened and reinforced regimes of racial slavery.

An important goal of this proposed symposium is a much-needed reevaluation of the historiography dating to the 1950s, which began the discussion of the significance of the events of August 20, 1619 with a micro-analysis of racial slavery’s emergence in seventeenth century Virginia.  By contrast, our conference will take a much broader chronological and geographical scope, reflecting how scholarship on this topic has moved far beyond the confines of early colonial Virginia alone.

Organized by Paul Polgar and Marc Lerner

Participants: John Blanton, Holly Brewer, Sherwin Bryant, Erika Edwards, John Garrigus, Rebecca Goetz,  Rana Hogarth, Chloe Ireton, Allison Madar, Tessa Murphy, Hayley Negrin, Edward Rugemer, Brett Rushforth, Casey Schmitt, Jenny Shaw, James Sidbury

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Preview Fall 2019 Courses

Posted on: March 5th, 2019 by suneetha

It’s hard to believe that we’ll need to start thinking about Summer and Fall 2019 courses, huh? It’s true, though! Summer and Fall academic advising will officially begin immediately after spring break. Let’s celebrate advising season together, the best way we know how: with cupcakes.

Join us on Tuesday, March 19 from 3:30-5PM in Bishop Hall 2nd Floor for a preview of 2019 Summer and Fall courses, the chance to learn more about internships and study abroad, and, you know, cupcakes.

Women’s History Month Speaker: Anne Balay

Posted on: March 5th, 2019 by suneetha

Anne Balay lectures at 4 p.m. for this special Monday Brown Bag as part of Women’s History Month. Long-haul trucking is linked to almost every industry in America, yet somehow the working-class drivers behind big rigs remain largely hidden from public view. Gritty, inspiring, and often devastating oral histories of gay, transsexual, and minority truck drivers allow award-winning author Anne Balay to shed new light on the harsh realities of truckers’ lives behind the wheel. A licensed commercial truck driver herself, Balay discovers that, for people routinely subjected to prejudice, hatred, and violence in their hometowns and in the job market, trucking can provide an opportunity for safety, welcome isolation, and a chance to be themselves—even as the low-wage work is fraught with tightening regulations, constant surveillance, danger, and exploitation. The narratives of minority and queer truckers underscore the working-class struggle to earn a living while preserving one’s safety, dignity, and selfhood.

Anne Balay is winner of the Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Award. She teaches in gender and sexuality studies at Haverford College and is the author of Steel Closets.

The Brown Bag Lecture Series takes place in the Tupelo Room of Barnard Observatory unless otherwise notedVisit southernstudies.olemiss.edu for more information.