University of Mississippi

Professor Leonard Cassuto of Fordham University will give a talk entitled, “Man Up, Man Down: The Past and Present of American Toughness.” Wednesday, March 18, at 6:00 p.m. in Brevard 134

imgresLeonard Cassuto is Professor of English at Fordham University, where he has taught since 1989.  He is the author or editor of numerous volumes including The Inhuman Race:  The Racial Grotesque in American Literature and Culture, Hard Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Stories, The Cambridge History of the American Novel, and The Cambridge Companion to Baseball.  His latest manuscript, “The Graduate School Mess,” is under contract at Harvard University Press, and he writes a monthly column, “The Graduate Adviser,” for the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Panel with Former MFAs: M.O. Walsh, Alex Taylor, and Jacob Rubin “From There to Here: 3 Recent MFAs Share their Routes to Publication.” Friday, March 20 from 3-4pm in the Hannah-Ford Room for Writers

Panel with Former MFAs: M.O. Walsh, Alex Taylor, and Jacob Rubin “From There to Here: 3 Recent MFAs Share their Routes to Publication.”  It is open to current MFAs/other interested parties, Friday, March 20 from 3-4pm in the Hannah-Ford Room for Writers (Bondurant C208).  After the panel, these three authors will be reading and signing their books at 5pm at Square Books – March 20th.

Julie Beth Napolin, assistant professor of Digital Humanities at Eugene Lang College, the New School, will give a talk entitled “Minor Sound: Toward a Philosophy of Circumambience in Faulkner.” Wednesday, March 4, at 6:00 p.m. in Bishop Hall 209

static1.squarespaceProfessor Napolin, who received her Ph.D. in Rhetoric from the University of California in 2010, works at the interface of modernist studies, new media studies, sound studies, critical theory, and American literature and music.  Her work is included in the essay collections Vibratory Modernism and the forthcoming Fifty Years after Faulkner, and she is currently at work on two book-length studies, The Fact of Resonance: Toward a Literary Sound Studies and Dialectical Sound: Archiving Sonic Memory.  Recent conference presentations and articles have focused on the work of Conrad, Faulkner, Du Bois, Eisenstein, and Benjamin.  She has also served as associate director of the Digital Yoknapatawpha digital humanities project at the University of Virginia.  Many thanks in advance for helping Professor Napolin feel welcome on our campus next month.

Gordon Marino’s talk entitled “Seven, Eight, or Nine Upbuilding Lessons that I Have Taken from Søren Kierkegaard,” has been rescheduled for today at 2 PM in the Hannah-Ford Room of Bondurant.

MarinoGordon300x3501Dr. Gordon Marino, Professor of Philosophy at St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN), will give a talk entitled “Seven, Eight, or Nine Upbuilding Lessons that I Have Taken from Søren Kierkegaard” Today, February 27 at 2:00 PM in Bondurant 208C. In addition to courses on the Danish philosopher, he also teaches the history of philosophy and philosophy of religion, and serves as Curator of the Howard V. and Edna H. Hong Kierkegaard Library. He received his PhD from University of Chicago, an MA from University of Pennsylvania, and his BA from Columbia University.

An insightful public intellectual, he has published articles in American Poetry Review, Atlantic Monthly, and New York Times Magazine. He is author of Kierkegaard in the Present Age and editor of The Quotable Kierkegaard, one of The Wall Street Journal Bookshelf Best Books of 2013.

Dr. Amy Clukey of University of Louisville will give a talk entitled “Monsters of Whiteness: White Zombie and Plantation Horror.” Monday, March 2 at 4:00 in Bishop 103

UnknownAmy Clukey, a former Ole Miss undergraduate and now an assistant professor at the University of Louisville, will give a talk entitled “Monsters of Whiteness: White Zombie and Plantation Horror” Monday, March 2 at 4:00 in Bishop 103.  Amy was a double major in English and Southern Studies with a minor in Gender Studies and she was in the honors college.

Amy Clukey is assistant professor of English at the University of Louisville. Prior to this appointment, she was an ACLS New Faculty Fellow at Columbia University and a dissertation fellow with the Center for American Literary Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, where she received her Ph.D. in 2009. She teaches courses on transnational literature, global modernism, and southern studies. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Hibernia Review, Modern Fiction Studies, American Literature, and Twentieth-Century Literature, among other venues. Her article “Plantation Modernity: Gone with the Wind and Irish-Southern Culture” was awarded the Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Prize for the best article on southern literature published in 2013 by the Society for the Study of Southern Literature. She is currently completing a monograph entitled Plantation Modernism: Transatlantic Anglophone Fiction 1890-1950.

At Ole Miss, Clukey was double major in English and Southern Studies with a gender studies minor, and an honors scholar. She was president of the Lafayette-Oxford-University chapter of the National Organization for Women, a member of the Isom Undergraduate Committee that organized Sarahfest concerts for rape crisis, served as a student representative on the Sarah Isom Center steering committee, and had a feminist column in the Daily Mississippian. She was also a work-study study at the Isom center for a year and before that at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. She received the Gray award for outstanding undergraduate work in southern studies in 2002 and the Georgia Nix undergraduate activism award from the Isom center in 2003.


Poetry Slam! Sponsored by the English department and Sigma Tau Delta. Monday, February 23th from 8-9 pm. at Lamar Lounge

As part of our membership drive, Sigma Tau Delta and the English department are sponsoring a poetry slam.
Monday, February 23th from 8-9 pm. at Lamar Lounge (1309 N. Lamar)
Derrick Harriell will MC and judge the contest, with help from some of our MFA students.
First prize is a $25 gift certificate to Lamar Lounge.
Everyone is welcome to participate!

Caroline Williams will read and sign her cookbook *Soul Food Love* on February 24th at 5p.m. Off Square Books

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Reading, Signing, and Tasting
February 24, 2015
5:00 pm
Off Square Books

The Southern Foodways Alliance and the University of Mississippi Department of English, in partnership with Square Books, invite members of the LOU community to a reading, signing, and tasting of Soul Food Love on February 24, 2015 at 5:00 pm at Off Square Books.

Caroline Randall Williams and her mother, Alice Randall, will be on hand to read from and sign copies of their recently released book. Expect a bite (or two) from the book’s eighty-some recipes courtesy of Dwayne Ingraham, pastry chef for City Grocery Restaurant Group.

In May 2012, bestselling author Alice Randall penned an op-ed in The New York Times titled “Black Women and Fat,” chronicling her quest to be “the last fat black woman” in her family. She turned to her daughter, Caroline Randall Williams, for help.

Together they created Soul Food Love, a collection of recipes that translates the meals and traditions handed down by generations of black women into easy, affordable, and healthful—yet still indulgent—dishes.

Soul Food Love relates the authors’ fascinating family history, explores the fraught relationship African-American women have had with food, and forges a powerful new way forward that honors their cultural and culinary heritage.

Alice Randall is the author of The Wind Done GonePushkin and the Queen of SpadesRebel Yell, and Ada’s Rules. She is a Harvard-educated novelist who lives in Nashville and also writes country songs. Randall has emerged as an innovative food activist committed to reforms that support healthy bodies and healthy communities.

Caroline Randall Williams, a native of Nashville, Tennessee, is a graduate of Harvard University. After graduation, she spent two years as an instructor in the Teach for America program. She is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at the University of Mississippi. In January 2015, she was named by Southern Living as one of the “50 People Changing the South in 2015.”

The Southern Foodways Alliance documents, studies, and celebrates the diverse food cultures of the changing American South. We set a common table where black and white, rich and poor — all who gather — may consider our history and our future in a spirit of reconciliation.

David Mills will be offering his one-man show, “David Mills: An Evening With Langston Hughes.” Feb. 18th, at 7p.m. Meek Auditorium

On Wednesday, February 18th at 7 PM, Brooklyn-based writer/performer David Mills will be offering his one-man show, “David Mills:  An Evening With Langston Hughes,” at the Meek Auditorium on the campus of the University of Mississippi.  The event is free and open to the public.  At the conclusion of his one-hour presentation, Mills will break character and dialogue with the audience about Hughes’s life and times.  For more information, please contact Dr. Adam Gussow, Department of English (; 915-7333)

Dr. Heather Stur (U. Southern Mississippi) will be delivering a special guest lecture entitled “Women in the Vietnam War.” Thursday, February 12th at 7p.m. Bryant 209

Untitled.jpegOn Thursday, February 12th at 7pm, gender and Vietnam War historian Dr. Heather Stur (U. Southern Mississippi) will be delivering a special guest lecture talk on warfront images and portrayals of American and Vietnamese women who were on the front lines of the Vietnam War (1956-1975). Dr. Stur is the author of Beyond Combat: Women and Gender in the Vietnam War Era (Cambridge UP, 2011), a recent Fulbright Fellow (2013-2014; field research in Vietnam), and a fellow with the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society in Hattiesburg, MS. She is also an expert on the Cold War politics of the Asia Pacific region. Her interdisciplinary talk will be offered at 7pm in Bryant Hall 209 with a short reception and book sale to follow.

Heather Marie Stur, Ph.D. is associate professor of history at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she teaches courses on gender and war, U.S. foreign relations, the global Cold War, and the U.S. since 1945. Dr. Stur is a fellow in USM’s Dale Center for the Study of War & Society. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a Fulbright Fellowship to Vietnam, where she spent the 2013-14 academic year as a visiting professor in the Faculty of International Relations at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Ho Chi Minh City. During her Fulbright year in Vietnam, Dr. Stur conducted research at Vietnam’s National Archives Branch II and the General Sciences Library in Ho Chi Minh City, where she read political and military documents, letters, newspapers, magazines, and other materials for several forthcoming projects about the Republic of Vietnam (a.k.a. South Vietnam). Her first book, Beyond Combat: Women and Gender in the Vietnam War Era, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011, and she is the author of numerous articles, including “Hiding Behind the Humanitarian Label: Refugees, Repatriates, and the Rebuilding of America’s Benevolent Image after the Vietnam War,” in Diplomatic History; “In Service and in Protest: Black Women and the Impact of the Vietnam War on American Society,” in Soul Soldiers: African Americans and the Vietnam Era; “Perfume and Lipstick in the Boonies: Red Cross SRAO and the Vietnam War,” in The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics, and Culture; “Borderless Troubadour: Bob Dylan and the Music of the Cold War World,” in Highway 61 Revisited: Bob Dylan from Minnesota to the World; “The Women’s Army Corps Goes to Vietnam,” in America and the Vietnam War: Re-examining the Culture and History of a Generation; and “Finding Meaning in Manhood After the War: Gender and the Warrior Myth in Springsteen’s Vietnam War Songs,” in Dancing in the Dark: Bruce Springsteen, Cultural Studies, and the Runaway American Dream. Dr. Stur is currently working on two books, Saigon in the Sixties: Vietnamese, Americans, and the Culture of the Vietnam War and E-6 and the Coke Girl: A Story of Love Found and Lost in Vietnam. Dr. Stur is the director of USM’s Vietnam Summer Studies Program, a three-week study abroad trip in which students are immersed in Vietnamese history, politics, and culture. Dr. Stur holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin.


Works-in-Progress Seminar Series presents: Caroline Wigginton, Wednesday, November 19th 1:30-2:30pm.

Wigginton Website Image 2Assistant Professor Caroline Wigginton will present “Katherine Tekakwitha’s ‘Very Delicate Work’: Concealment, Display, and Communication in New France,” in the Hannah-Ford Room (Bondurant Hall 2nd Fl.) as part of the Fall 2014 Works-in-Progress Seminar Series.

The Works-in-Progress Seminar Series is open to all. The seminars consist of a twenty to thirty minute presentation followed by a Q & A discussion where feedback and further suggestions by both faculty and other graduate students are highly encouraged! For more information about this or other Works-in-Progress series events, please contact