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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.


Andrew Mellon Foundation Recognizes Invisible Histories Project

Posted on: June 25th, 2019 by suneetha

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 CultureSarah 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

UM Master’s Student Katelyn Frazer wins Fulbright Award

Posted on: June 19th, 2019 by suneetha

Katelyn FrazerUniversity 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.