We're very excited about the awesome new sculpture installed behind the Liberal Arts Building, sponsored by the Department of Art & Design and supported by the College of Arts & Letters and Partners for the Arts.
Learn more about the sculpture exhibit and see upcoming installation dates at Southern Miss Now.
In collaboration with the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County, University Libraries will offer scholarly presentations and documentaries that feature riveting, never before seen footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America.
From Sept. 3 through Sept. 22, a series of lectures by civil rights scholars, as well as a documentary film series highlighting the history of the civil rights movement in America, will take place at Southern Miss’ Cook Library and The Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County.
For more information, contact Dr. Bob Press, Department of Political Science, International Affairs, and International Development.
Poignant and lyrical, From Sand Creek delves into the 1864 massacre of Cheyenne and Arapaho women and children at Sand Creek by the U.S. Army, paying “homage to these innocent victims [while exploring] what it has meant to be on the margins.”
For more information, please contact Dr. Luis Iglesias at email@example.com.
All are welcome to attend!
Sponsored by the Department of Dance.
An active freelance musician, Dr. McIlwain has performed with such artists as Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Peter Erskin, Rufus Reid, The Impressions, Syndicate of Soul, Denver & The Mile High Orchestra and Joey Richey.
Noted for her “sensitivity” and “generous imagination” (La Suisse, Geneva, Switzerland), pianist Elizabeth Moak has performed extensively in the United States and Europe. As soloist, she has also appeared on national television, radio, and with orchestras including the Orchestre de Chambre de Neuchâtel, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, and the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra.
In conjunction with the USM History Department's World Civilization courses, the department offers a film series during the fall and spring semesters. The films highlight the cultural diversity of the world and the ways in which history is depicted differently by different societies. For more information or to suggest films for a future series, please contact Dr. Andrew P. Haley.
The USM Center for Undergraduate Research was established in October 2011. The overall mission of the center is to enhance the undergraduate experience by promoting and supporting student-faculty collaborations in research, creative projects and scholarship.
Deadline is October 15. For complete application guidelines, visit the Center for Undergraduate Research.
All Philosophical Friday events are free and open to the public and are made possible with generous assistance from the Mississippi Humanities Council.
For more information, please call the Department of Philosophy and Religion at 601.266.4518.
The Pre-Performance Talk Series, co-sponsored by Theatre and English, invites faculty from the College of Arts & Letters to give public talks before play performances. This enormously popular series is coordinated by Luis Iglesias, Associate Professor of English, and has been been bringing faculty, students and the community together to talk about theatre since 2008.
All you need is a microfilm reader and a library with access to pre-Civil War newspapers. Volunteer researchers will capture images using anything from digital scanners to cell phone cameras. Whether you want to look at one issue of a newspaper or hundreds of papers from your home town, your contribution will be greatly appreciated. All volunteers welcome—high school and university students, genealogists, volunteers at historical sites, and the general public can all help make this project a success.
Mississippi Moments, an award winning weekly radio program airing on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, is a partnership between the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage, the Mississippi Humanities Council and MPB. We meticulously comb through our vast collection to find interesting and entertaining stories for our listening audience.
The School of Music presents bassoonist Nadina Mackie Jackson as part of their Guest Artist Series.
View YouTube videos of some of Nadina's previous performances here. (She's wonderful!)
Recent graduates have secured teaching positions at Hattiesburg High School, N.R. Burger Middle School, Petal High School, Perry Central High School, Oak Grove High School, Oak Grove Middle School; others have become 7-12 teachers in Alabama, Louisiana, and Florida.
If you missed the premiere of The Historian at the Saenger, don't despair. It will premiere at The Grand 18 Theater in Hattiesburg on November 7.
Filmed in Hattiesburg and on the Gulf Coast, The Historian is the story of "a troubled, young history professor [who] tries to escape his past by taking a job at a new university, where he struggles with an entrenched and equally-troubled department chair, rampant student apathy, and new relationships that complicate and challenge his worldview." (Doleac)
We're so proud of the achievements of our students in the College of Arts & Letters.
In this week's video blog, we're celebrating stories of student success!
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends aid scholars conducting humanities research toward the production of articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, or editions, etc.
NEH allows each university two nominations.
The academic calendar has changed for the 2014-2015 academic year.
The idea for HDC grew from faculty members at USM’s Dance Department who wanted to continue choreographing and performing professionally, in addition to their work with the student body. Recognizing there was an “arts gap” that a professional modern dance company could fill in Hattiesburg, HDC began presenting work as an ensemble in Fall, 2012. Founding HDC company members are: Meredith Early, Kelly Ferris Lester, Elizabeth Lentz, Becca McArthur, and Stacy Reischman Fletcher.
Graphic design students graduate from our program with a professional portfolio and the skills necessary to enter the field.
The program enjoys an exceptional placement rate, with graduates working in corporate art studios, advertising agencies, design studios, printing and publishing firms, and the expanding electronic publishing and digital art fields throughout the United States.
The Center for Writers' Mississippi Review website, newly redesigned by associate editor and English Department graduate student Allison Campbell, now features the works of this year's winners!
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, the photographs of award-winning civil rights photographer Herbert Randall Jr. are on display in USM’s Cook Library Art Gallery and Learning Commons Gallery.
The exhibit, titled Freedom Summer, 1964: The Photographs of Herbert Randall features 43 of nearly 2,000 photographs taken during the historic summer of 1964.
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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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
• 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.
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.
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?
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
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:
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