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Spring 2020 Courses

Posted on: October 22nd, 2019 by atwitty

Click here for a complete set of course descriptions for the undergraduate courses we’re offering during spring 2020.

Winter Intersession 2020 Courses

Posted on: October 22nd, 2019 by atwitty

Click here for a complete set of course descriptions for the undergraduate courses we’re offering during winter intersession 2020.

Fall Open House

Posted on: October 3rd, 2019 by atwitty

Join the Arch Dalrymple III Department of History as we celebrate a new semester–and look forward to the spring. There’ll be hot wings and other snacks, free t-shirts for history majors, and a preview of Winter Intersession and Spring 2020 courses!

Thinking about Majoring in History?

Posted on: October 2nd, 2019 by atwitty

Are you having a blast in your history courses, but worried that history is somehow a “useless” major? Let us show you all you can do with a history degree! Join us for snacks and presentations about how versatile–and employable–history majors really are!

Martha Jones Discusses Birthright Citizenship

Posted on: September 12th, 2019 by atwitty

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Professor Robert Fleegler to Speak on Moon Landing

Posted on: September 12th, 2019 by atwitty

Join Professor Robert Fleegler for a discussion of the race to the moon from World War II to the moon landing in 1969 on Thursday, September 19 at 12:30PM at the DeSoto Campus, Room 347.

History Club Hosts First Meeting of the Year

Posted on: September 7th, 2019 by atwitty

Join the History Club as it plans its upcoming year over pizza, brownies, and board games! Wednesday, October 2nd, 5:30-7, in 338 Bishop Hall. Please direct any questions to Dr. Susan Stearns,

Professor Jessica Wilkerson’s Oral History Work in the Yalobusha Community

Posted on: August 21st, 2019 by erabadie

From the North Mississippi Herald, August 22, 2019:

Dr. Garrett-Scott Interviewed on MPB Think Radio

Posted on: August 2nd, 2019 by suneetha


Shennette Garrett-Scott, Associate Professor of History & African American Studies was recently interviewed by Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s Think Radio. You can catch her interview, which starts at 18:04, by clicking here.




Mississippi Historian David Sansing Leaves Historical Legacy

Posted on: July 9th, 2019 by suneetha

UM staple passes away at 86 following storied career

David G. Sansing, professor emeritus of history at the University of Mississippi and author of the definitive history of the university, died Saturday (July 6) in a Memphis hospital one day after suffering a fall at his Oxford home. He was 86.

A beloved historian, writer and teacher, Sansing spent his career shining an honest spotlight on the complicated history of his home state through great writing and heartfelt stories. His writing and teaching have touched hundreds of thousands of Mississippi students over several decades.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of David Sansing,” said Noel Wilkin, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. “He was an outstanding university citizen who made substantial contributions to our institution.

“It is a sad day for the entire university community, and he will be greatly missed.”

Sansing published dozens of scholarly papers and authored more than a dozen books and textbooks on various aspects of Mississippi history, including “The University of Mississippi: A Sesquicentennial History,” “Making Haste Slowly: The Troubled History of Higher Education in Mississippi” and “Mississippi Governors: Soldiers, Statesmen, Scholars and Scoundrels.”

His last book, “The Other Mississippi: A State in Conflict with Itself,” was published in 2018 as a compilation of articles, essays, speeches and lectures given throughout Sansing’s career. His 2013 textbook, “A Place Called Mississippi,” remains in use in public and private high schools throughout the state.

“David Sansing was my professor and friend for 50 years,” U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker tweeted Sunday. “Remembered me as a far better student than I actually was – What a loss for Mississippi!”

A native of Greenville, Sansing credited his 11th-grade history teacher, Nell Thomas, also of his hometown, with instilling in him a love of history. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he earned both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in history from Mississippi College and a doctorate in history from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Sansing began teaching history at UM in 1970. In 1990, he was named the university’s Teacher of the Year.

Sansing is survived by his wife of 61 years, Elizabeth; three children, David Sansing Jr., of Canton, Elizabeth Sansing McLarty, of Jackson, and Perry Sansing, of Oxford, who serves as the university’s special assistant to the chancellor for governmental affairs; and five grandchildren, Cherish Sansing, Mary Love McLarty, Michael McLarty, Kimberly Sansing Molteni and Elizabeth Sansing Eaves.

All eight of Sansing’s children and grandchildren earned degrees from UM.

A memorial service for Sansing is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday (July 10) at Paris-Yates Chapel on the university campus.