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Department of History
University of Mississippi

History Students Participate in Forum of Race and Ethnicity

Over 70 University of Mississippi faculty and graduate students shared their research on race and ethnicity in a Feb. 27 forum.

This event began with breakfast at 8:30 a.m., and the first panel began at 9 a.m. in the Butler Auditorium of the Triplett Alumni Center. The goal of the forum was to bring UM faculty and graduate students together as a community to learn about and discuss research on race and ethnicity that’s being done at UM.

“With over a total of 25 submissions, we got an overwhelming response to the call for proposals,” said Simone Delerme, McMullan associate professor of anthropology and Southern Studies. Delerme is coordinating the event alongside Marcos Mendoza, associate professor of anthropology, and Catarina Passidomo, Southern Foodways Alliance associate professor of Southern Studies and anthropology.

“We have graduate students and faculty representing the law school; (departments of) Sociology, Southern Studies, History, Leadership and Counselor Education, English, Social Work, and Modern Languages; the Center for Community Engagement; and the School of Journalism and New Media. We were really excited to receive some proposals from very impressive folks from units that didn’t present last year.”

History Department had three students that presented:

  • Scott Blusiewicz, doctoral candidate in history, “Crafting a Legacy: Politics and Memory in Ralph David Abernathy’s Autobiography”
  • Travis Patterson, doctoral candidate in history, “Claude Neal and the Fight for Antilynching Legislation, 1934-1950”
  • Brianna Taylor, master’s degree student in history, “The American Civil War Viewed Through a Different Lens: Print Culture and the American Perception of the Mexican Reform War”

The forum is organized by the Study of Race and Racism Exploration Group, a working group of faculty seeking to found a Center for the Study of Race and Racism on campus. Co-sponsors include the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Graduate School, Department of History, Center for the Study of Southern Culture, College of Liberal Arts, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and Department of Social Work.