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Mississippi Students win best student papers at 2014 Alabama Mississippi Sociological Association Meetings

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Congratulations to Jamiko Deleveaux (MA student in Sociology) and Emma Willoughby (BA student in Sociology, Anthropology, Biological Science, and Psychology) for their selection as winners of the “best student paper” competitions at the 2014 Alabama Mississippi Sociological Association meetings.  Pictured from left to right:  Jamiko Deleveaux, Dr. John Green, and Emma Willoughby.

 

 

 

New Pathways to Health Initiative workshop for high school students in the Mississippi Delta

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As part of the New Pathways to Health Initiative,  ten students, faculty and staff members from the University of Mississippi facilitated a research methods workshop for high school students in the Mississippi Delta.   We are proud of Dr. John Green’s leadership efforts in this collaborative partnership between the Aaron E. Henry Community Health Services Center, Inc., Dreyfus Health Foundation of The Rogosin Institute, Mississippi Office of Nursing Workforce, Tri-County Workforce Alliance, and the University of Mississippi Center for Population Studies. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation provides funding for this program. Click here to read the full story at the Institute for Community Based Research.

Delta Regional Authority Announces New Partnership for Delta Leadership Institute

DRA-logoThe Delta Regional Authority has announced a partnership between the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement at the University of Mississippi, the Arkansas State University Delta Center for Economic Development, and the University of Louisiana at Monroe to host the Delta Leadership Institute (DLI), a leadership program focusing on issues impacting the Delta region. The Delta Regional Institute is a federal-state partnership that serves 252 counties and parishes in parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.

As quoted in the Delta Regional Authority press release, Dr. Albert Nylander, Director of McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement and Professor of Sociology, said the following:

“The University of Mississippi is honored to be partnering with co-coordinators Arkansas State University and the University of Louisiana at Monroe in directing the Delta Leadership Institute with continued leadership from the DRA,” said Dr. Albert Nylander with the University of Mississippi. “We are looking forward to the implementation of sustainable pathways for Delta leaders to serve as change agents for the Delta region. The quality of life in the 8-state Delta region is crucially linked with the DRA’s and Delta leaders’ commitment to excellence in public service. The opportunity to lead the Delta Leadership Institute into the future provides us with the challenge to learn from and partner with communities throughout our great Delta region.”

For more information, visit the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement. To read a a recent news article about the Delta Leadership Institute, click here.

Department Houses Two Editorial Offices

 

Dr. Robbie Ethridge, Professor of Anthropology has been appointed Journal Editor for Ethnohistory (North American Editor).  Dr. John Green serves as Editor-in-Chief of Community Development, the official journal of the Community Development Society.

UnknownEthnohistory, published by Duke University Press, is the flagship journal of the American Society for Ethnohistory (ASE). The ASE is the preeminent international organization in its field and Ethnohistory is the top journal in the field in this hemisphere—arguably in the world. And therefore my editorship brings prestige and notice to the university.Ethnohistory, as the name implies, takes as its core the discipline of ethnohistory, which is any scholarship inspired by anthropological and historical approaches to the human condition, and especially the historical experiences of  indigenous, diasporic, and minority peoples. Ethnohistory concentrates on populations in the Americas (North, Central, and South), however, exceptional submissions concerning other areas of the world are also published. The field of ethnohistory, then, is explicitly international and inter-disciplinary, and the journal reflects this by publishing works from the disciplines of geography, literature, sociology, and archaeology, as well as anthropology and history by authors from the world over.  It is considered top-tier in most journal rankings and is cited widely.

 

 

 

rcod20.v044.i03.coverThe University of Mississippi Center for Population Studies now houses the Editorial Office of Community Development, the official journal of the Community Development Society. This peer-reviewed scholarly publication addresses the cutting-edge of knowledge concerning community development research, practice, and policy. It is published by Routledge/Taylor and Francis, with five issues per year. Dr. John Green, Director of the Center for Population Studies and Associate Professor of Sociology, will serve as Editor-in-Chief of the journal.

New Pathways to Health Initiative

 

The Center for Population Studies (CPS) was recently awarded a three-year subcontract with The Rogosin Institute through its Dreyfus Health Foundation (DHF) division.  This is to support research and evaluation for expansion of the New Pathways to Health Initiative in five Mississippi Delta counties.  Expanding from Last year’s pilot, the New Pathways to Health Initiative is focused on health education, workforce development, and civic engagement with youth (6th through 12th grade), college students, and healthcare practitioners.  Lead partners working with DHF include the Aaron E. Henry Community Health Services Center, Inc., Tri-County Workforce Alliance, and Mississippi Office of Nursing Workforce.  These groups are partnering with universities, community colleges, and healthcare facilities in the Delta region of northwest  Mississippi to address critical healthcare workforce shortages and reduce health disparities.  The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is providing funding for these endeavors.  CPS Director Dr. John J. Green recently delivered a presentation in New York City concerning his decade of work in collaboration with DHF, and he highlighted the New Pathways to Health Initiative.

To read a press release from The Rogosin Institute, click here.  To watch a video featuring the New Pathways to Health Initiative, click here. To read more about the New Pathways to Health Initiative, click here.

 

Dr. Sander Gilman presents “How Did Anti-Semitism and Racism Become Mental Illness? From Anti-Semitic Vienna to Segregated Topeka, Kansas”

 

 

 

The University of Mississippi Critical Race Studies Group presents Dr. Sander Gilman, Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychiatry, Emory University.  The title of his talk is, “How Did Anti-Semitism and Racism Become Mental Illnesses?  From Anti-Semitic Vienna to Segregated Topeka, Kansas.”
The talk will take place on Thursday, October 25, 2012, Bryant Hall 209, 5:30 pm.

The next day, Friday, October 26, students can chat informally with Dr. Gilman at a brownbag talk at noon in the Bryant Hall first floor lounge.  Bring your lunch and look forward to the chance to ask questions and hear further reflections on anti-semitism and racism.

Dr. Gilman is a cultural and literary historian and is the author or editor of over eighty books.  He focuses on medicine and how medical rhetoric echoes in social and political discourse.

 

This is the second public lecture of the year-long series entitled Intertwining Legacies: Jews and African Americans in the Deep South.” 
For more information, please see the recent story in the College of Liberal Arts Newsletter, “View from Ventress” by clicking here.
For more information on the Association for Jewish Studies-Legacy Heritage Jewish Studies Project, see http://www.ajsnet.org/legacy.htm

 

Photographs from Dr. Gilman’s visit

Photo Credits: Chelsey Handley

Departmental Accomplishments Featured in “View from Ventress”

Read several news stories about various departmental awards and accomplishments in A View from Ventress, the College of Liberal Arts newsletter.

 

Intertwining Legacies: Jews and African Americans in the Deep South

 

The first public lecture of the year-long series entitled “Intertwining Legacies:  Jews and African Americans in the Deep South” will take place on September 6, 2012 with a presentation by Dr. W. David Nelson of Groton School.

 

W. David Nelson, a noted scholar of the Hebrew Bible (Christian Old Testament), comes to the University of Mississippi from Groton School in Groton, Massachusetts.  In his lecture entitled “Say Again!:  Race, Religion, and Realities of Reading the Bible,” Dr. Nelson will discuss how the Bible has been used to promote racist ideologies such as the Curse of Ham.

The lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Overby Center auditorium.

 

The lecture series is organized by the University of Mississippi Critical Race Studies Group, an interdisciplinary group of scholars who are working to address racial and ethnic inequalities on campus and in academia.   The series would not be possible without the generous funding from the Association for Jewish Studies-Legacy Heritage Jewish Studies Project (AJS-LHJSP). “Intertwining Legacies:  Jews and African Americans in the Deep South” intends to explore different aspects of Jewish and African-American history, specifically focusing on the complex relationship between the two groups in the deep South.

Co-sponsors of the lecture series include the African American Studies Program; the Center for the Study of Southern Culture; the College of Liberal Arts; the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies; the School of Law; the Trent Lott Leadership Institute; the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation; and the departments of History, Philosophy and Religion, and Sociology and Anthropology.

 

For more information, please see the official University of Mississippi press release.
For more information on the Association for Jewish Studies-Legacy Heritage Jewish Studies Project, see http://www.ajsnet.org/legacy.htm

 

 

Recent Departmental Promotions

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology would like to recognize the following recently promoted faculty members: Ahmet Yukleyen, Kirk Johnson, Willa Johnson, and John Sonnett.  Congratulations!

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology Welcomes Four New Faculty Members

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology would like to welcome four new faculty members! 

Dr. Albert Nylander, Professor of Sociology and Director of the McLean Institute for Partnerships and Community Engagement.

Dr. Carolyn Freiwald, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology.

Dr. James T. Thomas (“J.T.”), Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology and Southern Studies.

Dr. Sean Elias, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology.