Faculty and Staff

 

Dr. Kevin Greene, Director, Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage

Kevin Greene

Southern Hall 216
Phone: 601.266.6270
kevin.greene@usm.edu

Kevin Greene holds a joint appointment as an assistant professor in the Departments of History and Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he is also the Director of the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage. Dr. Greene is currently the principal investigator for the Mississippi Oral History Project. He teaches courses in American history, African American history, World history, Interdisciplinarity, Research Methodology, Oral History, and Cultural History. His first book, "Just a Dream:" The Invention and Reinvention of Big Bill Broonzy, a cultural and intellectual examination of the life of William “Big Bill” Broonzy, is currently under contract at the University of North Carolina Press for their selections in African American Studies. The work combines oral histories and archival materials to contribute to current historiography placing the importance of Chicago’s black metropolis in the development of African American identity, celebrity, race consciousness, the black aesthetic, and blues and jazz culture from 1900 to 1960. He has also published in the Journal of Urban History, The Journal of Southern History, the Journal of American Ethnic History, and the Journal of North Carolina Historians.  Currently, he is working on two other projects.  The first is an investigation into unsolved Civil Rights-era cold case murders, including several from the Pine Belt region of Mississippi and central and eastern North Carolina. His second project examines Peggy Jean Connor of Hattiesburg, Mississippi and her role in the local and national black freedom movement.  

 
 
  

 A. Ross Walton, Digital Production & Preservation 

A. Ross Walton 

McCain Library, first floor 103 (lower ground)
601.266.4574
arthur.walton@usm.edu

A native Mississippian, Ross Walton became involved in digital humanities as a way promoting the Hattiesburg music scene. Using HTML coding and digital audio editing skills gained in early website development projects, he began publishing a monthly music podcast, The South Mississippi Music Sampler, in 2005.  Walton returned to school in 2008 to study Creative Writing.  Wishing to learn more about the oral traditions of storytelling, he started as a volunteer with the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage that same year, taking over production of the Center’s award-winning weekly radio show, Mississippi Moments.  He soon convinced the Center’s director of the need for a podcast and mississippimoments.org was launched in March of 2009.

Now a fulltime staffer, Walton works as a sound engineer charged with the digital preservation and distribution of the Center’s collection in compliance with the best standards and practices for audio preservation set by the Oral History Association.  He has produced over 320 episodes of Mississippi Moments to date, heard across the state each Monday through Friday on Mississippi Public Broadcasting stations, WUSM 88.5 Southern Miss Roots Radio, and WDSW-LP 88.1 Delta State Radio.  The Mississippi Moments Podcast is downloaded an average of 2,000 per month.

Ross Walton holds a B.S. in Marketing Management, a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Creative Writing.  He is currently working on a P.H.D. in Creative Writing and a book on the history of Holiday Inn.  Walton is developing a website for the Simpson County Historical & Genealogical Society, which he serves as Vice-President. He also maintains websites for local musicians Lloyd “Hurricane” Munn and Tommie “T-Bone” Pruitt.