Amy’s Notebook: Six Degrees of Southern Studies

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Bill Ferris and Kimber Thomas. Photo by Amy Evans.

Kimber Thomas, Mississippi native and current graduate student in the Afro-American Studies department at UCLA, attended my 2012 Oral History Workshop. Today, she visited SFA World Headquarters at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture to meet with me and pick up a recording kit she’s using to conduct some fieldwork for us in Jackson, Mississippi.

Bill Ferris, founding director of the Center and current director of UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South, is in Oxford to sign copies of his newest book, The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists.

Kimber’s family lives one mile from Bill Ferris’s family outside of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Over the years, Bill has heard tell of Kimber’s successes, and they’ve even communicated by email, but they had never met in person. Until today. Bill stopped by the Center to visit with old friends, and I interrupted a Southern Studies reunion to introduce these two neighbors and kindred spirits.

We often say that, sooner or later, everyone comes through Oxford. Well, sooner or later, everyone comes through the Center, too.

Stop by and pay us a visit to see who you might run into.