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Books by Arts & Letters Faculty

Arts & Letters is full of creative, engaged scholars and researchers.

Take a look at a few of the books published by our faculty.


Thoughts on ISIS and U.S. Foreign Policy

Bob Pauly, Assocaite Professor of International Policy and Development, suggests a strategy for the Obama administration to confront and mitigate the power and influence of the Islamic State moving forward.  Listen here: Segment one, segment two.


Now at Mississippi Moments

Ater attending a Freedom School as a high school student in the summer of ’64, Charleana Cobb of Blue Mountain was inspired to become active in the civil rights movement. In this episode, she recalls promoting a speech being given at her church  by civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. Cobb remembers the thrill of hearing Hamer speak that night and the shock of being told that the church had burned to the ground the next morning. Listen here.


Temporary Protected Status

in the U.S.

Madeline Messick, a doctoral candidate in USM's International Development program co-authored an article (with Claire Bergeron) entitled, "Temporary Protected Status in the United States: A Grant of Humanitarian Relief that Is Less than Permanent."

Read Messick's article at


Lessac Voice and Body Workshop

Robin Carr, Department of Theatre, most recently presented a Lessac Voice and Body Workshop at the Voice and Speech Trainers Assocation Conference at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England. Carr is currently President-Elect of the Lessac Training and Research Institute.

More information can be found at and


Why Do Mexican Restaurants Serve Free Chips?

The Freakonomics folks answer this question this week on their podcast, which includes an interview with Andrew P. Haley of the A&L History Department.

Listen to the podcast here.


Herbert Randall Freedom Summer Photographs Now Online

The photographs include images of violence against volunteers, voter registration canvassing, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Freedom Schools, the Free Southern Theatre, and a picnic at the home of Vernon Dahmer.

View the photographs here.

Slavery by Another Name

Screening Monday, September 8 at the Hattiesburg Public Library as part of Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle. View the trailer below.

Philosophical Fridays

• Friday, September 26

"The Physics and Metaphysics of Multiple Universes"

Neil Manson, University of Mississippi

• Friday, October 24

"Is There Natural Evidence for God's Existence?"

Stephen Evans, Baylor University

• Friday, November 14

"On Winning and Ranking in Sports"

Seth Bordner, University of Alabama


All talks are at 2 pm in Gonzales Auditorium (LAB 108) and are free and open to the public.


Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy & Religion with the support of the Mississippi Humanities Council.



Is Tipping Good for Restaurant Workers?

Andrew Haley recently contributed to San Francisco's KALW radio program, "Your Call." Dr. Haley, a professor of American cultural history at Southern Miss, discussed the history of tipping. Check out the interview here.


What Can You Do with a Degree in Art?

Jamie Spinello, a 2005 graduate of USM's Art & Design department, went on to get her MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute and now has a studio in Austin where she makes beautiful metal jewelry.

Visit Jamie's amazing Etsy shop.


Where Are They Now? Jonathan Woodward

A&L alum Jonathan Woodward (BA in Music Education '00, MA in '04) went on to get a PhD in Higher Education Administration and is now the vice president at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College's Jefferson Davis campus.

Bob Press Studying African Asylum-Seekers in Europe

Bob Press, Associate Professor of Political Science, conducted initial research in Italy this summer on the massive African immigration underway to Italy/Europe, a process which has seen thousands drown in the Mediterranean in overcrowded, small boats attempting to claim political asylum.


Curious About Our New Installation?

Find out what this project is and what it means.


This Fall in the Department of Theatre

• The Liar by Pierre Corneille

   October 2-12, 2014

• Top Girls by Caryl Churchill

   October 30-November 2

• The Wind in the Willows
   November 13-23

Click here to learn about this fall's Pre-Performance Talk Series with Chris Miles of Foreign Langauges and Literatures, Morgan Frank of English, and Eric Tribunella of English.


"That boy seems already oddly fond of you..."

An article by the English Department's Eric Tribunella has been selected as the best article published in children's literature in 2012 by the Children's Literature Association.

Read his article here:

"Between Boys: Edward Stevenson's Left to Themselves (1891) and the Birth of Gay Children's Literature"






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