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- NORTH MS HERALD: From UM Classroom to the Yalobusha Community
Date: August 21, 2019
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- Dr. Garrett-Scott Interviewed on MPB Think Radio
Date: August 2, 2019
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
Date: July 9, 2019
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.
- Andrew Mellon Foundation Recognizes Invisible Histories Project
Date: June 25, 2019
IHP-Mississippi satellite project lauded for oral history research The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has recognized the work of several University of Mississippi partners through a $300,000 grant supporting the collection, preservation, future research and accessibility of LGBTQ history in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. The grant went to the Invisible Histories Project, founded in 2016 by Joshua Burford and Maigen Sullivan and based in Birmingham, Alabama, with money also going to the satellite Invisible Histories Project-Mississippi. Mississippi partners on the grant include the university’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture, Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies, and Department of Archives and Special Collections. The goal of the project is to expand and make publicly available manuscript and oral history collections that document LGBTQ histories of Mississippi. “The project provides a unique opportunity to collaborate across campus departments and units, as well as across the Southeast, to bring together scholars devoted to interdisciplinary research,” said Jessica Wilkerson, UM associate professor of history and Southern Studies. “I’m excited to work with my colleagues on a cutting-edge, necessary project to document queer and Southern history.” Besides Wilkerson, faculty members primarily involved in the project are Amy McDowell, assistant professor of sociology, and Jaime Harker, Isom Center director and professor of English. The seeds of IHP-Mississippi were planted last year when Burford visited the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and met with Wilkerson and her Queer Southern History class, which was developing an oral history project. During that visit, Southern studies faculty and staff, the Isom Center, and Special Collections and Archives began exploring the possibility of starting an IHP satellite project at Ole Miss. The university is the only IHP satellite site, although plans are for the University of West Georgia to become a satellite in spring 2020, Burford said. “We have received the most amazing support from UM for this project and your outstanding staff and faculty have really been leaders in the expansion of our work,” said Burford, IHP’s director of community engagement. “They saw in us the potential of what Invisible Histories Project could do and invested early. “There is so much amazing queer history in Mississippi and with the help of your campus, we are going to be leaders in the field of preservation and research of LGBTQ history both in and out of the South.” Along with receiving $10,000 annually for two years to support the project, IHP-Mississippi will be part of the bigger IHP model. The project’s staff will provide support through site visits, helping to locate research opportunities, advising on queer history courses and research development, connecting institutions to repositories and community organizations, providing branding and paperwork, developing a site plan of goals and outcomes, and providing trainings for students and faculty. Beyond that, joining the IHP network is mportant because it allows participants to learn from archivists and public historians already doing this work, Wilkerson said. Burford and Sullivan will visit Oxford this summer to meet with the project team and develop a site plan for the 2019-20 academic year. The project will benefit students and hopefully help attract up-and-coming scholars of the queer South, Wilkerson said. “Of course, Jaime Harker is leading the way as a faculty member with her book ‘The Lesbian South,’” Wilkerson said.”Mostly, I was inspired by the group of students in my spring Southern studies seminar. “They laid the groundwork for this project by conducting oral history interviews with gay, lesbian and queer community members in Oxford, and they showed me that a larger project was possible.” Additionally, Wilkerson’s fall 2019 Southern studies graduate seminar will expand the oral history project begun last spring on Mississippi LGBTQ history. Wilkerson and McDowell also received an Isom Fellowship to help support the expanding LGBTQ oral history and archiving project. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endeavors to strengthen, promote and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies. To this end, it supports institutions of higher education and culture as they renew and provide access to an invaluable heritage of ambitious, path-breaking work. The foundation makes grants in four core program areas: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities, Arts and Cultural Heritage, Scholarly Communications, and International Higher Education and Strategic Projects. More information on the Invisible Histories Project can be found at https://www.invisiblehistory.org/.
- UM Master's Student Katelyn Frazer wins Fulbright Award
Date: June 19, 2019
University of Mississippi student Katelyn Frazer in the Arch Dalrymple III Department of History, has been selected for a Fulbright Award to Spain. The Fulbright Program is devoted to increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Fulbright is the world's largest and most diverse international educational exchange program. As a grantee, you will join the ranks of distinguished participants in the program. Fulbright alumni have become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs, and university presidents, as well as leading journalists, artists, scientists, and teachers. They include 59 Nobel Laureates, 82 Pulitzer Prize winners, 72 MacArthur Fellows, 16 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, and thousands of leaders across the private, public and non-profit sectors. Since its inception in 1946, more than 390,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the Program.
- Peter Thilly Wins Luce/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowship
Date: May 22, 2019
Peter Thilly, Assistant Professor of History, has received a postdoctoral fellowship for the 2019-20 academic year from the Henry Luce Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies to work on his book manuscript, Opium and Capitalism on the Chinese Maritime Frontier. Professor Thilly's book provides a social history of the “opium century” – the one hundred years during which opiate narcotics dominated the Chinese economy and became normalized within Chinese society. By focusing on the criminal brokers who operated the drug trade, it tells overlapping stories about the local experiences of global imperialism, nationalism, statebuilding and corruption. The people who dealt in drugs, over the course of the opium century, he argues, carved out a particular capitalist version of local power in the face of encroaching, modernizing states. In so doing, drug traders transformed the processes of nation-building and imperialism in China. The Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies seeks to maintain the vitality of China Studies in the US and Canada through fellowships and grants designed primarily for scholars early in their careers. Postdoctoral fellowships support scholars in preparing their PhD dissertation research for publication or in embarking on new research projects. This program is made possible by a generous grant from The Henry Luce Foundation, with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
- Joshua Howard Awarded Fellowship at Institute for Advanced Studies
Date: May 16, 2019
Joshua Howard, Croft Associate Professor of History and International Studies, has received a residential fellowship at the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Studies for the 2019-2020 academic year. His project, “New China Daily: Social Change and the Class Project in Wartime Nationalist China” is the first study of the Chinese Communist press and its relationship to social change and labor during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) and postwar labor movement. Broadening our perspective beyond a history of military conflict, political and institutional change, he argues that the Anti-Japanese War induced social change and working-class formation in Nationalist China’s cities, that was both reflected and facilitated by the New China Daily (Xinhua ribao). The Institute for Advanced Study is one of the world’s leading centers for curiosity-driven basic research. Since 1930, it has served as a model for protecting and promoting independent inquiry, prompting the establishment of similar institutes around the world, and underscoring the importance of academic freedom worldwide. The Institute’s mission and culture have produced an exceptional record of achievement. Among its present and past Faculty and Members are 33 Nobel Laureates, 42 of the 60 Fields Medalists, and 18 of the 20 Abel Prize Laureates, as well as many MacArthur Fellows and Wolf Prize winners. Past Faculty have included Albert Einstein, one of its first Professors who remained at the Institute until his death in 1955, and distinguished scientists and scholars such as Kurt Gödel, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Erwin Panofsky, Hetty Goldman, Homer A. Thompson, John von Neumann, George Kennan, Hermann Weyl, and Clifford Geertz.
- Two History Majors Join Phi Beta Kappa
Date: May 8, 2019
Two history majors were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's most prestigious academic honor society, this past April. Graduating seniors Natalie Huseby, a history major and Spanish minor from El Paso, Texas, and Arin Kemp, a history major and French and Religious Studies minor from Horn Lake, Mississippi, were among the 91 students campus-wide who were invited to join Phi Beta Kappa this year. Election to membership in Phi Beta Kappa is an honor conferred upon fewer than ten percent of each graduating class. Students do not apply for membership but are selected during the spring semester each year by the Phi Beta Kappa chapter as a whole, after a careful review of the academic records of each eligible candidate.
- Kelly Houston, April’s Staff Member of the Month
Date: May 2, 2019
Kelly Houston, administrative coordinator for the Arch Dalrymple III Department of History, has been selected as Staff Council’s Staff Member of the Month for April. To help us get to know her better, she answered a few questions for Inside Ole Miss. IOM: How long have you worked at Ole Miss? Houston: It will be nine years this summer. IOM: What is your hometown? Houston: Klein, Texas IOM: Talk about your favorite Ole Miss memory. Houston: I created the University of Mississippi Working Mothers Support Network in April 2016. I can still remember vividly the people sitting around the table in Lyceum 200 at our first meeting. It was amazing to be talking with women from different positions in all areas of campus who were facing, or who had faced, similar hardships as working moms. I have formed friendships with many of the women that I may not have met outside of the group. I am proud of the work we continue to do to try to make the campus more family-friendly, but I will always remember that first meeting fondly. IOM: What do you enjoy most about your position or the department in which you work? Houston: Absolutely it is the people I interact with. From day one, I have felt that the members of the Arch Dalrymple III Department of History have supported me not only as an employee and colleague, but also as a person. Some of the most generous people on campus work, or worked, in the history department. They are giving in their voice, actions and materials. I appreciate the ways they have embraced me and encouraged me to grow. I also get to work with wonderful people in other departments on campus. Some I only know by phone or email, but they still manage to bring a smile to my face. IOM: What do you like to do when you are not at work? Houston: Most of my time away from work is spent building houses with my husband or at FNC Park watching our 7-year-old play soccer, baseball and flag football. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, gardening and getting together with the families in our neighborhood. IOM: What is one thing on your bucket list? Houston: I would love to take a European vacation with my husband and kids. IOM: What is your favorite movie? Houston: I tend to only watch movies with my kids these days. Some of my favorites to watch with them are “The Sound of Music,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Toy Story.” IOM: What is your favorite Ole Miss tradition? Houston: I love watching the band and the cheerleaders perform in the Grove before they head to the stadium. IOM: What is a fun fact about you? Houston: I was an extra in the movie “Tin Cup.” IOM: If you could have lunch with anyone alive or dead/fictional or real, who would it be and why? Houston: I would love to have lunch with my grandparents so I could share with them the joys of their great-grandchildren. IOM: What are three words you would use to describe yourself? Houston: Empathetic, tenacious, happy IOM: If you could visit one time or place in world history – past, present or future – what would it be? Houston: I would love to revisit my wedding day. It was such a happy day surrounded by our closest friends and family. It would be fun to celebrate with them again. IOM: If I could be an animal for a day, I would be _____ . Houston: A manatee. I wouldn’t mind relaxing in some warm Florida water right now. To nominate a colleague for Staff Member of the Month, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the individual you’d like to nominate as well as why you feel he or she should be recognized.
- Jacob Ferguson wins Franklin L. Riley Prize
Date: April 24, 2019
Jacob Ferguson is the winner of the 2018-2019 Franklin Riley prize for best undergraduate paper for his work on “Paternalism and Property Rights in the Slaveholding South: F.A.P. Barnard’s Trial at the University of Mississippi, White Southerners, and Slave Testimonies.” This prize, which was decided by an awards committee consisting of Professors Rebecca Marchiel (chair), Garrett Felber, and Eva Payne, comes with a $250 award. Ferguson’s paper, which was completed for Professor Anne Twitty’s HST 498: Slavery and Its Legacies at the University of Mississippi during Fall 2018, asks why and to what extent white southerners and slave owners listened to slave testimonies. His entry point into this examination 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 enslaved people 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 master-slave relationship and what it meant to be a respected southern slave master.
- Kaimara Herron awarded Tennin-Alexander Prize
Date: April 24, 2019
Kaimara Herron is the winner of the 2018-2019 Tennin-Alexander Prize for the best non-thesis graduate history paper for her work on “‘In the Hands of Responsible Persons’: Social Services, Memory, and Politics in the Mississippi State Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs, 1904-1942.” This prize, which was decided by an awards committee consisting of Professors Rebecca Marchiel (chair), Garrett Felber, and Eva Payne, comes with a $750 award. Herron’s paper, which was completed for Professor Darren Grem’s HST 702: Research - US from Civil War to Present, demonstrates the centrality of Black clubwomen to 19th century postbellum politics. Building upon Elsa Barkley Brown’s insight that Black women’s formal political exclusion did not equal marginalization from informal political influence through collective community politics, Herron argues that these clubwomen’s activism cannot not be reduced to “racial uplift.” By tracing two of the Mississippi State Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs’ projects – the Old Folks Home in Vicksburg, MS and the Margaret Murray Washington Home for Juvenile Delinquents near Clinton, MS – Herron shows how memory work and the politics of space were used in the absence of formal policymaking channels. For example, while white women used social and political capital to reshape the physical landscape of the New South with confederate monuments, school curricula, and venerations of the Lost Cause, the MSFCWC reclaimed and renovated antebellum homes intended for the formerly enslaved to create spaces of care and remembrance. Both the Old Folks Home and the Juvenile Home challenged and recast the Lost Cause narrative through a contested politics of space and memory. Through such projects, Black clubwomen in Mississippi engaged in a nuanced form of political engagement not easily reduced to racial uplift or respectability politics.
- Graduate Student Monica Campbell wins Research Grant
Date: April 8, 2019
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
Date: April 8, 2019
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
Date: April 8, 2019
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
Date: April 8, 2019
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
Date: March 27, 2019
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"
Date: March 22, 2019
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
Date: March 9, 2019
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
Date: March 6, 2019
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 For schedule Please Click Here>>
- Preview Fall 2019 Courses
Date: March 5, 2019
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
Date: March 5, 2019
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 noted. Visit southernstudies.olemiss.edu for more information.
- Our Faculty April Holm in the Washington Post!
Date: February 27, 2019
April Holm, associate professor of history at the University of Mississippi and the author of A Kingdom Divided: Evangelicals, Loyalty, and Sectionalism in the Civil War Era, is in the Washington Post. Click here to read the article!
- Dalrymple Lecture to be Delivered on February 14, 2019 at 5:30 pm
Date: January 31, 2019
Marisa Fuentes THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2019, time here Brief description here
- Dr. Garrett-Scott to Speak on Black Women in Banks
Date: January 28, 2019
Dr. Shennette Garrett-Scott, Associate professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Mississippi talks on Black Women in Banks in a brown bag lunch talk at noon in Tupelo Room, Barnard Observatory on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. For more detailed information please check Southern Studies' website.
- Public History Course Completes Website on Neilson's Department Store
Date: January 16, 2019
Students in Professor Alexandra Lindgren-Gibson's winter intersession course on “Public History from Colonial Williamsburg to Drunk History," spent the past two weeks investigating and documenting the history of an Oxford landmark, Neilson's Department Store. Using the records related to Neilson’s Department Store at the Archives & Special Collections at the UM Library, they created an online exhibit that presents their findings.
- Three Southern Studies Faculty Celebrate Book Publications
Date: January 11, 2019
Off Square Books event set for January 22 JANUARY 8, 2019 BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY Jessica Wilkerson Three faculty members at the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture are kicking off the spring semester with a celebration of their books’ publication. The event, set for 5 p.m. Jan. 22 at Off Square Books in Oxford, features Jessica Wilkerson, who wrote “To Live Here You Have to Fight: How Women Led Appalachian Movements for Social Justice”; Kathryn McKee, author of “Reading Reconstruction: Sherwood Bonner and the Literature of the Post-Civil War South”; and Ted Ownby, with his book “Hurtin’ Words: Debating Family Problems in the 20th Century South.” Based on Wilkerson’s dissertation, “To Live Here You Have to Fight” (University of Illinois Press, 2018) blends women’s history and Appalachian history with labor, class and activism to examine the War on Poverty launched in 1964. The assistant professor of history and Southern studies visited archives around the region and interviewed people who had been activists in the 1960s and ’70s. “Ultimately I was drawn to the stories of women in eastern Kentucky, where there’s a long history of women’s activism in the coalfields, from the 1920s to the present,” she said. “The book starts with their experiences and then follows them into other networks – regional and national – as they got involved in political and social movements.” There are no simple explanations for complex histories, and it was important for Wilkerson to contextualize the women’s lives historically and to understand the movements in which they participated. Appalachian women acted as leaders and soldiers in a grassroots war on poverty – shaping and sustaining programs, engaging in ideological debates, offering fresh visions of democratic participation and facing personal political struggles. “In a broader sense, the big takeaway is that starting from the perspective of women, especially poor and working-class women, allows us to see all sorts of things – federal policy, social movements, labor, the history of Appalachia – from a fresh and, I believe, necessary perspective,” she said. The activists she writes about may have been overlooked, but their persistence brought them into unlikely coalitions with black women, disabled miners and others to fight for causes that ranged from poor people’s rights to community health to unionization. “My point about caregiving is that women’s activism often reflected their predominant role in society; i.e., that due to gender, policy and social customs, women then – and now – took on the burden of caring for children, the elderly and people with disabilities,” Wilkerson said. Ted Ownby Ownby, the center’s director and William F. Winter Professor of History, hopes to call attention to the three interdisciplinary texts all published on different university presses, as well as to the three colleagues who teach together. “Having this event the first day classes start is a way to bring people together and celebrate books, scholarship and working together,” he said. “Many people in their introductions say writing is solitary, but celebrating three books together suggests that finishing a book is not.” In “Hurtin’ Words” (University of North Carolina Press, 2018), Ownby considers how a wide range of writers, thinkers, activists and others defined family problems in the 20th century American South. The idea for the book originated when Ownby wrote a paper about Southern rock music and all the men who didn’t think it was possible to stay in a lifetime relationship. “It’s about the problem of family life, the relationship between what people expect and hope for, and why does it matter what people think about you,” he said. “Those Southern rockers thought it was really important that no one understood them and felt it was important to address other peoples’ misunderstandings. “Teaching and writing about Southern studies means I find myself writing on a lot of topics, wondering what they had to do with each other, and several had to do with family life and family problems.” The title comes from Tammy Wynette’s song “D-I-V-O-R-C-E,” which she said “spelled out the hurtin’ words” to spare her child the pain of family breakup. “Authors never know what readers will like or dislike, but what I hope is that people are intrigued by these definitions of family life instead of just thinking about specific issues, and they are thinking about family ideals and problems,” Ownby said. Kathryn McKee McKee looks further into the past to gain insight into Sherwood Bonner (1849-1883), a Holly Springs native who portrayed the discord and uneasiness of the Reconstruction era in her fiction and nonfiction. The McMullan Associate Professor of Southern Studies and associate professor of English reassesses Bonner’s place in American literary history by taking her seriously as an author. McKee said she has long been haunted by Bonner’s life and choices, her blind spots, her shortcomings and her successes. “She was a young woman who made controversial choices, even today, but the most important thing about her was her drive to be a writer,” McKee said. “She knew she had to leave Mississippi in order to make writing the most important thing in her life. “Today, society still struggles with ambitious women, but she couldn’t live with herself without trying to be a writer.” The book (LSU Press, 2019) participates in a renewed attention to the period of Reconstruction in American literary history, and an interest in recovery of 19th century writers. “We’ve moved beyond a celebratory existence to a stage of seeing knotty imperfection of their efforts,” McKee said. The event at Off Square Books is especially important to McKee because it reflects the collaboration and collegiality of the center, especially as the faculty members were all moving in the same phases to complete their work. “It also reflects the values of this place – a common spirit that we all work to understand better the common subject that we share,” McKee said. “We all have the same sets of questions about the region, this place, identity and power. It is rewarding to work at center because of a common pursuit of shared interests.”
- Professor Anne Twitty Featured on Podcast about the 14th Amendment
Date: December 12, 2018
Anne Twitty, associate professor of history, discusses her research into the freedom suits filed by Dred Scott and his family in a new podcast released by the Institute for Justice. Titled "Before the 14th: John Rock and the Birth of Birthright Citizenship," this episode kicks off a new series that investigates the history of the 14th Amendment, which lies at the center of just about any modern constitutional controversy, by telling the story of a little known figure named John Rock, the first African-American admitted to argue cases before the United States Supreme Court, who was sworn in before some of the very same justices who had ruled just a few years earlier in Dred Scott that black people could never be citizens. For more information about Twitty's research, check out her first book, Before Dred Scott: Slavery and Legal Culture in the American Confluence, 1787-1857, which was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016. In addition to Professor Twitty's work in this particular episode, doctoral candidate Nicholas Mosvick also serves as the historian consultant and editor on Bound by Oath podcast series..
- Graduate School Open House Event
Date: December 12, 2018
Mark Your Calendar for the Graduate School Expo The Graduate School's annual Open House is scheduled for Friday, February 8, 2019. This is a FREE event but registration is required. All individuals interested in our graduate degree programs are welcome to attend. Visit the website for more information!
- Book Signing by Our Faculty at Square Books
Date: November 21, 2018
Join Arch Dalrymple III Department of history faculty Ted Ownby and Jessie Wilkerson for a celebration of their new books at Square Books on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. The book signing starts at 5PM and a presentation follows at 5:30PM. For more information, see this Square Books event page!
- Final Exam Study Break for History Majors and Minors
Date: November 17, 2018
Finals are stressful, right? To help keep spirits up--and answer any last minute questions--the Arch Dalrymple III Department of History invites undergraduate history majors and minors to join us for a study break with donuts and coffee on Tuesday, December 4th from 3-5PM in Bishop Hall 338.
- Jeff Washburn to Speak on Chicksaw Manipulation of Federal Agents
Date: November 12, 2018
Ph.D. Candidate Jeff Washburn examines “Whose Civilization Plan Was It? Chickasaw Manipulation of Federal Agents in the Early Nineteenth Century" in a brown bag lunch talk at noon in 105 Barnard Observatory on Wednesday, November 14th. This event is part of the celebrations around Native American Heritage Month.
- Richard Wittmann to Lecture on European Craftsmen in the Ottoman Empire
Date: November 5, 2018
On Monday, November, 12th at 5:30PM in 107 Croft Hall, Richard Wittman, Associate Director of the Orient-Institut Istanbul, will give a lecture titled, "On the Road with an Axe and a Pen: Temporary Migration to 19th century Turkey in the Life Narratives of Central European Journeymen." Traditional guild regulations dating back to the Middle Ages required that, after completing an apprenticeship, journeymen take to the road and practice their new skills elsewhere before coming home and taking the examination for master of their craft. Originally very short, these journeys expanded to far-flung destinations in the 19th century. In this lecture, Dr. Wittmann will explore the self narratives of a few of these craftsmen who traveled to the Ottoman Empire.
- Paul Lovejoy to Speak on Digital Humanities and Slavery
Date: October 30, 2018
The Arch Dalrymple III Department of History and the University of Mississippi Slavery Research Group are delighted to host Professor Paul E. Lovejoy, Distinguished Research Professor, Department of History, York University, for a talk on "Digital Humanities and Biographical Research on Slavery," on Thursday, November 8th at 5:45PM in 209 Bryant Hall. Professor Lovejoy has helped to establish several research institutes in many countries, including the Wilberforce Institute at the University of Hull (UK), and he is currently a member of the International Scientific Committee, UNESCO General History of Africa. He is also the author of numerous books including Jihad in West Africa during the Age of Revolutions. This event is part of the University of Mississippi Slavery Research Group’s #Year 400 Lecture Series. This event is free and open to the public.
- Andrés Reséndez Discusses "The Other Slavery"
Date: October 30, 2018
The Arch Dalrymple III Department of History, the Center for Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Engagement, and the University of Mississippi Slavery Research Group, will host Professor Andrés Reséndez of the University of California, Davis for a talk on his recent Bancroft-prize winning book, The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America. Professor Reséndez's talk, which will take place at 6PM on Thursday, November 1st in 209 Bryant Hall, is part of the University of Mississippi's Native American Heritage Month celebrations and the University of Mississippi Slavery Research Group's #Year 400 Lecture Series. This event is free and open to the public.
- Jeff Forret to Give Third Annual Dalrymple Lecture
Date: August 23, 2018
Dr. Jeff Forret will deliver the third annual Dalrymple Lecture, “Beyond the Master's Gaze: Violence, Life, and Community in Antebellum Southern Slave Quarters,” on Thursday, August 29th at 5:30PM in the Overby Center Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. Forret is the Leland Best Distinguished Faculty Fellow in the History Department at Lamar University, where he was also the 2016 University Scholar Award winner. A social historian specializing in slavery and southern history, his recent book Slave against Slave: Plantation Violence in the Old South (2015) won the Frederick Douglass Book Prize. His next book, titled Williams’ Gang: An Old South Slave Trader and His Cargo of Convict Slaves, is a legal history of the domestic slave trade, slated for publication with Cambridge University Press. This event will help inaugurate a series of speakers and events across campus during the 2018-2019 academic year to commemorate the August 1619 arrival to British North America of the first recorded persons of African descent. Additional events with Dr. Forret are scheduled with undergraduate and graduate students in the department of history and the University of Mississippi Slavery Research Group.
- Professor Mikaëla Adams Awarded ACLS Fellowship
Date: August 9, 2018
Mikaëla M. Adams, associate professor of history at the University of Mississippi, has been awarded a coveted fellowship by the American Council of Learned Societies. The yearlong fellowship allows scholars to focus solely on their research or writing. Of the nearly 1,150 scholars who applied for the 2018 fellowship, only 78 – less than 7 percent – were chosen for the award. Adams, a highly regarded historian of modern America with a focus on Native American history, joined the faculty in the Arch Dalrymple III Department of History in 2012. Adams plans to use her fellowship, to make progress on her new book project, tentatively titled “Influenza in Indian Country: Indigenous Sickness, Suffering, and Survival during the 1918-1919 Pandemic,” which will provide an ethnohistorical account of the world’s deadliest pandemic and its long-term consequences for Native American communities across the United States. In particular, Adams’s work will explore how the influenza virus infected indigenous people on reservations and boarding schools, how their living conditions in this period exacerbated the effects of influenza, how institutionalized segregation determined Native access to healthcare, how indigenous people responded medically, and how this health crisis affected the federal-tribal relationship. By combining the methodologies of medical history and ethnohistory, moreover, it will highlight both the biological consequences of influenza on Native American communities and the ways that social constructions of race, ethnicity, sickness, and healing shaped the experience of infection for indigenous people in this time period. Adams is already the author of Who Belongs? Race Resources, and Tribal Citizenship in the Native South (Oxford University Press, 2016), which was explores how six southeastern Indian tribes—the Pamunkey Indian Tribe of Virginia, the Catawba Indian Nation of South Carolina, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida—decided who belonged to their communities in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
- UM Doctoral Student Eric Rexroat Wins Fulbright
Date: July 29, 2018
University of Mississippi student Eric Rexroat, a Ph.D. candidate in the Arch Dalrymple III Department of History, will study in Belgium this fall, thanks to the 2018 Fulbright U.S. Student Program. A St. Charles, Missouri, native, Rexroat will be at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, from this September until March 2019. He will conduct research at the Royal Library of Belgium and National Archives of Belgium, both in Brussels, as well as work under the direction of professor Hilde Greefs and some of her colleagues. Rexroat, who earned his bachelor’s degree at Southeast Missouri State University in 2012, vividly recalls how he received notification of his award. “I learned while in Paris doing research that I had been chosen as an alternative (which he said he viewed as an achievement in itself), but my understanding was that there would be little chance of my being promoted to a finalist,” he said. “Obviously something changed, and it was a very pleasant surprise.” For the past three springs, Rexroat has been recognized for his achievements. He received the Tenin-Alexander Prize from the history department for Best Graduate Student Paper in 2015, the Graduate Achievement Award from the College of Liberal Arts in 2016 and officially passed his comprehensive exams with distinction in 2017. “My career goals include teaching European history at a college or university, as well as continuing my research and eventually publishing on 19th-century Europe,” Rexroat said. “Receiving this Fulbright award will enable me to work closely with and benefit from the feedback of my adviser at the University of Antwerp, as well as to expand my research by providing the opportunity to spend further time in Europe. The experiences I have during this stint abroad will be invaluable to my development as a scholar and a person.” UM faculty have praised Rexroat's work. “Eric came as an M.A. student and has excelled ever since he stepped foot on campus, impressing faculty and colleagues alike with his seriousness of purpose and focus,” said Marc Lerner, associate professor of history and director of Rexroat’s dissertation. “His dissertation research on free trade as ideology and political controversy in the mid-19th century is fascinating and important work. The comparative and international perspective is what makes this a particularly challenging and powerful dissertation topic. I am excited to see the results of his research.” Established in 1946, the Fulbright program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected based on academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Fulbright awards allow the Croft Institute and the other participating units on the Oxford campus to deliver on the university’s commitment to educating and engaging global citizens and supporting experiential learning, two cores established in the university’s new strategic plan, Flagship Forward. Students interested in applying for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program award are encouraged to contact the Office of National Scholarship Advisement at email@example.com. Story adapted from Edwin Smith.
- UM History Faculty Welcomes Eva Payne
Date: July 29, 2018
The Arch Dalrymple III Department of History is delighted to welcome Eva Payne to Oxford. Professor Payne was hired as an Assistant Professor of History with a focus on Gender and Sexuality in the Spring of 2017 and joins us this fall after completing her term as a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University during the 2017-2018 academic year. Professor Payne holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and graduate degrees from Harvard University. Her work examines women, gender, and sexuality and the U.S. in transnational perspective. Her current book project, To Purify the World: Americans and International Sexual Reform, 1865-1933, asks how and why many American reformers came to see sexual issues as the central humanitarian and political problems of their day. It tracks the movement for sexual reform from its origins, among American abolitionists and missionaries who became concerned with state-regulated prostitution in the British Empire, through to the movement’s denouement in the activities of Americans who traveled the globe after the First World War to investigate sex trafficking for the League of Nations. As American social reformers participated in debates over prostitution, the legal age of consent, venereal disease, and sex trafficking, they wove together religious, medical, racial, and legal discourses in ways that placed sexual matters at the heart of international politics. Professor Payne is also engaged in a number of public history projects. She has worked on exhibitions of art and historical objects at museums and galleries, including the Harvard Art Museum and the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America. During the fall semester, Professor Payne is teaching one graduate course, HST 614: Readings in U.S. Women's and Gender History.
- Peter Thilly Joins the UM History Faculty
Date: July 29, 2018
The Arch Dalrymple III Department of History is thrilled to announce that Peter Thilly has joined our faculty as an Assistant Professor specializing in modern Asia. Professor Thilly holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University, a Master’s in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and a doctorate in history from Northwestern University. His work focuses on Late Imperial and Republican China, with a particular focus on maritime and transnational history, as well as crime and legal culture. His book manuscript, provisionally entitled Treacherous Waters: Drug Smugglers in the Making of Modern China, is a social history of the “opium century” – the one hundred years during which opiate narcotics dominated the Chinese economy and became normalized within Chinese society. By focusing on the criminal brokers who operated the drug trade, Treacherous Waters tells overlapping stories about the local experiences of global imperialism, nationalism, statebuilding and corruption. The people who dealt in drugs, over the course of the opium century, carved out a particular capitalist version of local power in the face of encroaching, modernizing states. In so doing, drug traders transformed the processes of nation-building and imperialism in China. Professor Thilly’s June 2017 article in Late Imperial China, entitled “Opium and the Origins of Treason in Modern China: The View from Fujian,” explains how opium traders came to personify treason during the most critical moment in the crystallization of modern Chinese nationalism – the Opium War of 1839-41. His second article, “The Fujisturu Mystery: Translocal Xiamen, Japanese Expansionism, and the Asian Cocaine Trade, 1900-1937,” highlights the role of opportunism and entrepreneurialism within the wider history of state efforts to control trade in maritime Asia. It appaeared in Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review, in a special December 2017 issue on “Binding Maritime China.” During the fall semester, Professor Thilly is teaching two undergraduate courses, the survey course HST 130: Intro to East Asian History and HST 387: Modern Japanese History.
- Thinking about Law School?
Date: February 8, 2018
History majors and minors are invited to join the Arch Dalrymple III Department of History for a visit to the University of Mississippi Law School, where they'll enjoy a free pizza lunch and learn about the process of applying to law school and the nature of legal education at an event specially planned for them. This event will take place Thursday, February 22 at 12:30 PM in Room 1115 at the University of Mississippi Law School. Reserve your spot--and your pizza!--by RSVPing to Professor Anne Twitty at firstname.lastname@example.org
- History Faculty to Participate in 8th Annual MLK Day Commemoration
Date: January 22, 2018
The University of Mississippi Law School will host its eighth annual MLK Day commemoration, which celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:45 P.M. in Weems Auditorium. This year's panel will focus on slavery and its connections to the legacy of Dr. King. Panelists include two members of the University of Mississippi Slavery Research Group, associate professor of history Anne Twitty and associate professor of sociology Jeff Jackson, and instructor of English Jennie Lightweis-Goff, whose work focuses on slavery, race, and southern culture. The panel will be moderated by associate professor of history Marc Lerner.
- Professor April Holm's New Book
Date: January 2, 2018
A Kingdom Divided: Evangelicals, Loyalty, and Sectionalism in the Civil War Era Louisiana State University Press, 2017 A Kingdom Divided uncovers how evangelical Christians in the border states influenced debates about slavery, morality, and politics from the 1830s to the 1890s. Using little-studied events and surprising incidents from the region, April E. Holm argues that evangelicals on the border powerfully shaped the regional structure of American religion in the Civil War era. In the decades before the Civil War, the three largest evangelical denominations diverged sharply over the sinfulness of slavery. This division generated tremendous local conflict in the border region, where individual churches had to define themselves as being either northern or southern. In response, many border evangelicals drew upon the “doctrine of spirituality,” which dictated that churches should abstain from all political debate. Proponents of this doctrine defined slavery as a purely political issue, rather than a moral one, and the wartime arrival of secular authorities who demanded loyalty to the Union only intensified this commitment to “spirituality.” Holm contends that these churches’ insistence that politics and religion were separate spheres was instrumental in the development of the ideal of the nonpolitical southern church. After the Civil War, southern churches adopted both the disaffected churches from border states and their doctrine of spirituality, claiming it as their own and using it to supply a theological basis for remaining divided after the abolition of slavery. By the late nineteenth century, evangelicals were more sectionally divided than they had been at war’s end. In A Kingdom Divided, Holm provides the first analysis of the crucial role of churches in border states in shaping antebellum divisions in the major evangelical denominations, in navigating the relationship between church and the federal government, and in rewriting denominational histories to forestall reunion in the churches. Offering a new perspective on nineteenth-century sectionalism, it highlights how religion, morality, and politics interacted—often in unexpected ways—in a time of political crisis and war.
- Ph.D. Candidate Phil Baltuskonis Wins Two Outside Fellowships
Date: December 1, 2017
Arch Dalrymple III Department of History Ph.D. candidate Phil Baltuskonis has won two external grants that will fund research on his dissertation, which explores the role of ideas in shaping the social movements that led individuals in Spanish America to reject the Spanish crown and explore ideas of independence. In January 2018, Baltuskonis will travel to the Lily Library in Bloomington, Indiana on a Mendel Fellowship, which is designed to support research by scholars from around the world in areas of particular interest to the Mendel family, including the history of the Spanish Colonial Empire, Latin American independence movements, European expansion in the Americas, and voyages, travels and exploration. Baltuskonis’s research in Bloomington will center on the correspondence among members of the eighteenth century Royal Botanical Expedition to New Granada. After completing this trip, Baltuskonis will travel to Seville and Madrid with support from the University of Mississippi graduate school and the Arch Dalrymple III Department of History. There he will undertake research in the colonial archives. Finally, a visiting Ph.D. fellowship from the Universidad del Rosario will bring Baltuskonis to Bogotá, Colombia. The archives in Bogotá will allow him to explore the impact that people connected to the leaders in and around the city had on the creation of a new Latin American state. Baltuskonis’s dissertation, “Hesitant Independence in Spanish America: Science, Patronage, and the Power of Community,” examines the social networks created by the alumni of the Colegio del Rosario, a private university founded in Bogotá in 1653, and the members of the Botanical Expedition to New Granada (present-day Colombia), as well as their connection to the revolutions in Spanish America during the late colonial period. His work is being supervised by Douglass Sullivan-González.
- Elizabeth Payne Receives Lifetime Merit Award
Date: November 15, 2017
At the 2017 meeting of the Southern Historical Association, Professor Elizabeth Payne was recognized with an award for “extraordinary service” to the Southern Association for Women Historians (SAWH). Organized in 1970, the SAWH meets annually and has over 700 members. It strives to stimulate interest in the study of Southern and women’s history as well to advance the status of women historians. Payne first joined the SAWH in 1985 when she moved to the University of Arkansas history department. She has continued to be an active member ever since. In particular, the award highlighted her leadership in organizing a mentoring program for graduate students and service on multiple committees. Two other historians, Professor Jacqueline Dowd Hall of the University of North Carolina and Professor Darlene Clark Hine of Northwestern University, also received the lifetime merit awards.
- Marc Lerner Named 2017 Humanities Teacher of the Year
Date: October 30, 2017
Marc Lerner, associate professor of history at the University of Mississippi, will give the 2017 Humanities Teacher of the Year Lecture on a popular figure in folklore at 7 p.m. November 6 in the Bondurant Hall auditorium. Lerner will discuss “The International William Tell: Highlighting Popular Culture in a Transatlantic World,” focusing on his research about the Swiss folk hero. The lecture is free and open to the public. This year’s Humanities Teacher of the Year said he was shocked when he heard that he won the award, which is sponsored by the UM College of Liberal Arts and the Mississippi Humanities Council. “I am deeply touched that the committee thought I was worthy of the honor,” Lerner said. “I know that there are many instructors who work very hard for their students and who deserve the recognition for doing a great job in the classroom. “It is gratifying to be around such hard-working and supportive colleagues, who are great teachers and conduct such stimulating research. We are all fortunate to be inspired by the bright and enthusiastic students at this university.” Lerner, who has been teaching at Ole Miss since 2005, holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Chicago and a doctorate in history from Columbia University. He regularly teaches courses on the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, the Age of Revolution and on nationalism. His research interests are focused on revolutionary Europe in a comparative perspective, republicanism and the shift to a modern political world, as well as Tell, among other topics. Lerner has been a star teacher for many years, said Donald Dyer, associate dean for faculty and academic affairs in the College of Liberal Arts. “He is very deserving of the recognition and the opportunity to give the 2017 lecture,” Dyer said. “His colleagues and his students agree that he is a compassionate, caring and engaging teacher of history and other topics. He has been teaching classes in the Honors College for several years as well. “The college is proud of his skills and his teaching acumen, and he is highly deserving of the Mississippi Humanities Council Award.” The William Tell story came to European prominence in the late 15th century as a foundational legend that sought to explain the origins of Swiss liberty. The different versions of the story agreed on some fundamental elements: Tell was a virtuous citizen of Canton Uri who was oppressed by the tyrannical Gessler after refusing to bow down before the symbols of Gessler’s authority. Gessler then capriciously forced Tell to shoot an apple off his own son’s head. “Ultimately, Gessler paid the price for his tyranny as Tell’s shot led to the independence of the Swiss Cantons and Gessler’s death,” Lerner said. “There was no agreement, however, on some other important elements of the story: Did Tell lead the revolt? Did he take part in the foundational oath? Was Gessler local or imposed by an outside power?” Most often, the Tell story broke down into one of two categories, either supporting the elite leadership of the Swiss republics or arguing for more popular input into politics. Either message was easily extended beyond the Alps: Tell acted in defense of his family against the foreign tyrant and continued to respect the authority of the local elite, or he was a popular revolutionary who planned an insurrection to overthrow aristocratic rule. During this period of revolutionary transformation, the figure of Tell evolved into a proxy in an ongoing battle between those who saw true liberty as self-rule, free from the intervention of foreigners, and those who saw liberty as an egalitarian principle. Lerner’s lecture is an extension of his ongoing research about the international forms of Tell’s story to better understand a global Age of Revolutions from 1750 to 1850 through studying cultural productions. The story was used and manipulated by a variety of participants and he can track this story of liberty into all corners of the Revolutionary world, Lerner said. “The development of a wider international perspective allows us to look more deeply at the Revolutionary period itself and the globalized world it created,” Lerner said. “Too often, historians observe fundamental revolutionary processes only in a single country. “The Age of Revolution did not start and stop in Paris or Philadelphia; rather it was a transnational phenomenon. Revolutionary and counterrevolutionary ideals, principles and problems were not bound by national borders.” Each October, the Mississippi Humanities Council honors outstanding humanities instructors at state institutions for higher learning as part of National Arts and Humanities Month. College presidents or academic deans nominate professors for consideration, based on the excellence of their humanities work in the classroom. Each nominee receives a cash award from the Mississippi Humanities Council and is asked to prepare and deliver a public lecture on a humanities subject during October or November. Story by Michael Newsom
- Jessica Wilkerson Wins Article Prize
Date: September 13, 2017
The Southern Association for Women Historians has awarded Jessica Wilkerson, Assistant Professor of History and Southern Studies, the 2017 A. Elizabeth Taylor Prize, which is given annually for the best article on women’s history published during the preceding calendar year. Wilkerson's winning article, “The Company Owns the Mine but They Don’t Own Us: Feminist Critiques of Capitalism in the Coalfields of Kentucky in the 1970s,” appeared in Gender & History last March. It examined women's involvement in the Brookside Mine strike of 1974, which captivated US audiences and provided women with an unprecedented public platform to challenge the class and gender system undergirding coalfield capitalism. During the strike, Wilkerson shows, female kin of miners in Harlan County, Kentucky, started a club to support striking miners and their families and to organize picket lines and were joined by women from across the region and country. With the strike as their foundation these women generated a women's movement that revealed the specific ways class and gender inequality shaped their lives, defined by the heavy-duty care work characteristic of the coalfields. The Brookside women's support of striking miners, Wilkerson demonstrates, was fundamentally about gendered class inequality: the denigration of working-class, female caregivers alongside the devaluing of men's labour. Using collective memory and individual experience as their interpretive devices, her article reveals how the Brookside women forged a class-conscious feminism that exposed the traumas of coalfield capitalism, shone a light on women's unpaid care work (one of the foundations of corporate capitalism), and destabilized the gender and class hierarchies that defined coalfield communities.
- 2017 Center for Civil War Research Conference to Take Place in September
Date: September 12, 2017
The Center for Civil War Research and the Arch Dalrymple III Department of History present the eleventh annual Conference on the Civil War to be held September 29 and 30 in Oxford, Mississippi. The theme of this year's conference is "Borders, Boundaries, and Lines in the Civil War" and will include work that explores both literal and figurative boundaries, including the experiences of border states, the boundaries between slavery and freedom, border patrols, racial boundaries, and battle lines. The keynote address will be given by Dr. Christopher Phillips of the University of Cincinnati, author of The Rivers Ran Backward: The Civil War and the Remaking of the American Middle Border, which was the winner of the 2017 Tom Watson Brown Book Award. Phillips will speak on “Southern Cross, North Star: The Cultural Politics of Race and Irreconciliation on the Post-Civil War Middle Border" on Friday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m. in 107 Croft Institute. This event is free and open to the public. The 2017 Wiley-Silver Prize for Best First Book in Civil War History will also be awarded at the conference. A complete schedule of events will available soon at the Center for Civil War Research site.
- Nicolas Trépanier awarded European Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship
Date: September 7, 2017
Nicolas Trépanier, associate professor in the University of Mississippi's Arch Dalrymple III Department of History, has received a yearlong research fellowship at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in Amsterdam for the 2017-2018 academic year. Trépanier was awarded the European Institutes for Advanced Study fellowship, which brings together scholars in a variety of disciplines, ranging from neurology to art history and from journalism to philosophy. Their projects are not connected to one other, but the fellows are expected to interact. The idea behind the EURIAS model is that creative thinkers will benefit from being exposed to other creative thinkers in fields that are unfamiliar to them. Trépanier says he's grateful to EURIAS for the opportunity to collaborate with such an esteemed group. "Spending a year at NIAS will allow me to concentrate on that research on a full-time basis, so it's likely to be very important in the advancement of my research career," Trépanier said. "It will also allow me to work with a few archaeologists I know in the Netherlands, which is also a precious opportunity because historians in my field rarely engage in such collaborations." EURIAS' fellowship program is part of the Network of European Institutes for Advanced Study, which brings together 22 institutes across Europe. Within the network, more than 500 researchers are hosted every year for up to one full academic year, with the goal of creating international and multidisciplinary learning communities. Trépanier holds a doctorate in Middle Eastern studies and History from Harvard University. His first book, Foodways and Daily Life in Medieval Anatolia: A New Social History, explores the daily experiences of ordinary folk through the various parts that food played in their lives: from agricultural production to religious fasting and from commercial exchanges to meal schedules. The fellowship will give him a chance to work on a second book, also focused on Anatolia, in medieval Turkey. This work explores the idea of landscapes, how people living at that time perceived the territory around them and what were the differences in perception between travelers, political elites, peasants and others. Trépanier is an exceptional scholar and teacher whose theoretical innovation and productivity in research places him within the top tier of an already accomplished University of Mississippi faculty, said Noell Wilson, interim chair and associate professor of history and international studies. "His cross-disciplinary study of landscape in medieval Anatolia engages projects of colleagues not only within his home discipline of history, but in archaeology and the broader digital humanities," Wilson said. "We are thrilled to see international recognition for his work beyond the U.S. academy, and the broader department will benefit from Professor Trépanier's role as an intellectual bridge between Oxford and European scholars."
- Native American Scholar David Nichols to Lecture on Chickasaw Nation
Date: August 28, 2017
David Nichols, Professor of History at Indiana State University, will give a talk entitled "Between a Dollar and a Pistaroon: Currency, Commensurability, and Conspicuous Consumption in the Chickasaw Nation" on Wednesday, September 13 at 5:30 pm in 515 Lamar Hall. Professor Nichols received his bachelor's degree from Harvard University and his Master's and Doctoral degrees from the University of Kentucky. He joined the faculty at Indiana State University in 2004 and became an associate professor in 2010. His specialty is early America, with a particular interest in Native American history during the Revolutionary and early national era. He is the author of Red Gentlemen & White Savages: Indians, Federalists, and the Search for Order on the Early American Frontier (University of Virginia Press, 2008), and Engines of Diplomacy: Indian Trading Factories and the Negotiation of American Empire (University of North Carolina Press, 2016). He is currently working on a short history of the Great Lakes Indians and a study of economic change among the Chickasaws.
- Phi Beta Kappa Visting Scholar Judith Carney to Speak
Date: August 28, 2017
Judith Carney, Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles, will speak on "Seeds of Memory: Food Legacies of the Transatlantic Slave Trade" as the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar on Thursday, September 14 at 5:30 pm in the Tupelo Room inside Barnard Observatory. Few Americans identify slavery with the cultivation of rice. Yet rice was a major plantation crop during the first centuries of settlement in the Americas. By the middle of the eighteenth century, rice plantations in South Carolina, and the enslaved Africans who worked them, had created one of the world’s most profitable economies. A longstanding question in American historiography is how rice, a crop introduced to the Americas, came to be cultivated in plantation societies. This lecture discusses the provenance of rice and its cultural antecedents in the Americas. It establishes, through agricultural and historical evidence, the independent domestication of rice in West Africa and the crop’s vital significance there for a millennium before Europeans arrived and the transatlantic slave trade began. This rice accompanied enslaved Africans throughout the New World, including Southern colonies, Brazil, and the Caribbean. Slaves from the West African rice region established rice as a food crop and provided the critical knowledge that enabled its cultivation. A comparative analysis of land use, methods of cultivation, processing and cooking traditions on both sides of the Atlantic during the plantation era help fill in the historical record. Recent genetics research and findings of African rice in botanical collections and among contemporary maroon societies of Suriname lend support for the African lineaments of rice culture in the Americas. Carney’s research centers on African ecology and development, food security, gender and agrarian change, and African contributions to New World environmental history. She is the author of Black Rice: The African Origins of Rice Cultivation in the Americas and In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa's Botanical Legacy in the Atlantic World.