"Each student explored an alternate environment—outside near railroad tracks, water or sweeping willow trees—to put their dances into a unique context. Each film shows the choreographer's unique artistry and yet seeks to draw the audience members into the emotional journey of the environment." —–Kelly Lester, Junior Choreographic Project instructor
The Pre-Performance Talk Series, co-sponsored by the departments of Theatre and English, invites faculty from the College of Arts & Letters to give public talks about the plays put on by the Theatre Department. Talks are free and open to the public, and are directly followed by a performance of the play. 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.
The Southern Miss Food Research Group encourages and disseminates research relating to the culture, politics, science, and nutrition of food and agriculture. Formed in 2013 in the College of Arts & Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi, this research group brings together scholars from across the university to share ideas and promote interdisciplinary conversations with each other and the public.
For more information, visit the Southern Miss Food Research Group's website.
Based on the execution of murderer Ruth Snyder, Machinal reveals the humanity of a single woman in a jagged and repressive world. Stylish and gritty, this play stands out as the most celebrated American drama of the Expressionist movement, with themes that continue to resonate with women today.
Mar. 26, 27, 28, 31 and Apr. 1 at 7:30 pm / Mar. 29* at 2 pm / *Pre-show Talk at 1 pm
General admission: $8.00. Buy tickets.
This years Annual Student Show will feature over 300 works of art created by students from all studio courses in the Art and Design curriculum. The show will feature student works in graphic design, art foundations, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and photography.
"The battle between religion and science, competing methods of knowing ourselves and our world, has been raging for many centuries. Now scientists themselves are looking at cognitive foundations of religion—and arriving at some surprising conclusions." - Amazon.com on Why Religion Is Natural and Science Is Not
Ms. Expose will share stories and photos from her recent memoir, On the Land of My Father: A Farm Upbringing in Segregated Mississippi.
Published just last year, Ms. Expose's work tells the often-untold story of growing up during the 1940s in a family of land-owning African Americans.
About Kamikaze Diaries: "This moving history presents diaries and correspondence left by members of the tokkotai and other Japanese student soldiers who perished during the war. Outside of Japan, these kamikaze pilots were considered unbridled fanatics and chauvinists who willingly sacrificed their lives for the emperor. But the writings explored here by Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney clearly and eloquently speak otherwise." - Amazon.com
All are welcome to come to the Hattiesburg Public Library to discuss this fantastic book. This discussion will be moderated by Dr. Kenneth Swope of the Department of History.
Catherine Pierce is the author of two books of poems: The Girls of Peculiar (Saturnalia 2012), winner of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for poetry, and Famous Last Words (Saturnalia 2008), winner of the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry, Best New Poets, Slate, Boston Review, Ploughshares, FIELD, Blackbird, and elsewhere. She is an associate professor at Mississippi State University, where she co-directs the creative writing program.
Deborah Voigt is America’s favorite dramatic sopranos. Through her performances and television appearances, she is known for the singular power and beauty of her voice, her versatility, and her captivating stage presence. Internationally revered for her performances, Voigt has given definitive performances of iconic roles in the operas of Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner. She is also noted for Italian operatic roles such as Tosca and Aïda.
With an extensive discography, and multiple Billboard bestsellers, Voigt is known for her extraordinary ability to soar effortlessly and luminously above an orchestra with a rich, lustrous voice. Her recording of Strauss’s Egyptian Helen was named one of the best CDs of the year by Opera News. Ms. Voigt is a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and was Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year 2003. In 2007, she won an Opera News Award for distinguished achievement.
This event commemorates the 150th anniversary of emancipation in Mississippi. The event will include public lectures, musical and dramatic performances, and discussions of slavery's legacy in Mississippi.
Sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Gulf South in the Department of History, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and the Mississippi Humanities Council.
"The Department of Dance faculty work closely with dance majors in the Repertory Dance Company and often consider them collaborators in our process. This concert showcases five faculty and four junior dance majors choreography. It is our hope that the audience connects to the wide range of pieces in emotional and artistic ways."
"This concert also celebrates the career of Professor Shellie Nielsen who is retiring at the end of the semester after a 35 year career at Southern Miss. The final piece of the concert is a reconstruction of her piece "Variations Without a Theme" that celebrates family, friends and community." (Kelly Lester)
This event is the Spring fundraiser for C4W; money will go toward conference travel, submission fees, and professionalization of graduate students in the Center for Writers.
This year's readers include Jennifer Brewington and Henry Shepard competing in fiction, and Allison Campbell and Hannah Dow competing in poetry.
The entry fee is $5. Audience members are also encouraged to bribe the judges.
To see all of our Arts & Letters summer camps, please visit our summer camps page.
In conjunction with the USM History Department's World Civilization courses, the History 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 Andrew P. Haley.
The Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR) and the College of Arts & Letters (A&L) are proud to co-host the 2015 Undergraduate Symposium. We hope to see undergraduate students from across campus participate in large numbers as both presenters and attendees.
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