About The Radical South

The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, in collaboration with other departments and centers at The University of Mississippi, are co-sponsoring a series of lectures, roundtables, and presentations in April 2017 under the umbrella “The Radical South.”  The month long series seeks to complicate conventional narratives about the South, Southern identity, race, and romanticized notions of region.

In declaring April “Confederate History Month” in 2016, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant stated that “it is important for Americans to reflect on our nation’s past, to gain insight from our mistakes and successes, and to come to a full understanding that the lessons learned yesterday and today will carry us through tomorrow if we carefully and earnestly strive to understand and appreciate our heritage and our opportunities which lie before us.” Building on that suggestion, we seek to “appreciate our heritage” by questioning this equation of the Confederacy with “our heritage” and broaden our cultural understanding of the South to include the full complexity of the region—past, present, and future.

The month is organized into four main themes–cultural movements, racial justice, economic justice, and gender/sexual equity–and features speakers from the University of Mississippi and around the nation.

Schedule * Speakers’ Biographies * Reading Guide