Letter from the editor
We are glad to introduce the Spring 2016 Issue of Populi Magazine. Since our founding in January of 2015, our mission has been to serve the Oxford community as a forum for cultural and philosophical discussion as well as a venue for contemporary art and literature. In the following collection of personal and critical essays, poetry, fiction, artwork, photography, and conversations, we hope to provoke important dialogue and share the many voices that make Oxford the exemplar of Southern American culture.
This Spring, as Mississippians emerged from their heated homes to find the Magnolias blooming and the summer quickly approaching, they also witnessed significant cultural milestones as well as controversial political turmoil. Students at the University of Mississippi—ever hovering over textbooks and laptops—saw in the same semester the passing of House Bill 1523 in Jackson and the inaugural LOU Pride Parade in Oxford. They listened to influential speakers discuss the importance of Black History in America and watched in awe as the world famous Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo danced to the ivory reveries of Bruce Levingston.
These past few months also marked an exciting time in the growth of Populi Magazine. In January of this year we published our inaugural print edition, which can be found throughout the Ole Miss campus and upon requests emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The pages of the 2015 print issue coalesce a year of academic, literary, and artistic inquiry. In addition, we also launched Populi Conversations this year. These casual, biweekly gatherings allow Oxonians to join each other in civil, intriguing, and critical discussion. Covering topics such as the right to pursue happiness and the acknowledgement of structural prejudices in society, Populi Conversations bring important dialogues off of the page and into the hearts and minds of our community.
Within the Spring Issue of Populi Magazine you will find fresh and intriguing perspectives of life in Mississippi, critical analyses of literature and political thought, and artistic expressions of the human condition. From the experience of “becoming interracial” in the deep south to a photographic glimpse of the charming Water Valley, MS, the contributions by students and citizens alike illustrate the musings and considerations of the emblematic Oxonian during an exciting and pivotal period in Mississippi’s colored history.
The Populi staff would like to offer special thanks to Dean of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College Douglas Sullivan-Gonzales and our many contributors who worked tirelessly to present their best work, without whom our magazine would not exist. We encourage any and all readers to join us in the fall as we continue to promote and elevate essential discourse in our community, in our state, and in our nation.
May 9, 2016