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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.



Domestic Abuse in the NFL

Billy Newman, Instructor of Paralegal Studies and Political Science discusses the multiple recent child and domestic abuse cases involving National Football League players, as well as the guilty culpable homicide verdict in the trial of South African Olympian Oscar the "Blade Runner" Pistorius on Gulf Coast Mornings Radio. Listen to the segments here:

Part One

Part Two



Carl Billingsley Interview

We interviewed artist Carl Billingsley, creator of the wonderful red steel statue now installed in front of the International Center.

View the interview on our Video Blog.



Now at Mississippi Moments

The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party was organized in 1964 as an alternative to the then-all-white Mississippi Democratic Party. The MFDP, after holding a statewide election open to people of all colors, sent its delegates to the 1964 Democratic National Convention in an attempt to be recognized as the legitimate representatives of the State. Listen here.



Like a Little Humor with Your Bassoon Music? Check out the Breaking Winds!

The Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet will be performing at Southern Miss on Tuesday, September 23 at 7:30 pm in Marsh Auditorium. Their concert is brought to you free of charge by the Connoisseurs Series at the School of Music.

"The spirit of rivers and streams becomes wise people." - Dōgen

Read the latest article by Daniel Capper (Philosophy & Religion): “The Trees, My Lungs: Self Psychology and the Natural World at an American Buddhist Center” in Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science.



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.



Are Those Your Boots on the Ground?

Bob Pauly, Associate Dean of Arts & Letters, Gulf Coast campus, assesses the Obama administration's ongoing efforts to build a coalition to confront the Islamic State in an effort to mitigate the threats that terrorist organization poses to the interests of the United States and its allies. Part 1

Part 2


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.




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 Languages and Literatures, Morgan Frank of English, and Eric Tribunella of English.



Fiction Reading by Mary Miller Wednesday, October 29, 7:30 pm, LAB 108

Mary Miller grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. Her collection of stories, Big World, was published in 2009 by Short Flight/Long Drive Books. A graduate of the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, she will return to Mississippi in the fall of 2014 to serve as the John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at Ole Miss. The Last Days of California is her first novel. She writes about stories at







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