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So What Is This Yik Yak I've Been Hearing About?

Many of us first heard about Yik Yak via Eagle Alert last week.

 What is it? Here's an article from TechCrunch that explains what it is and what all the controversy is about.


Dreaming is Believing

Alexis Jones, a senior majoring in Public Relations, won a special runner-up package from the Council of Public Relations Firms for her video Dreaming is Believing, which includes an all-expense paid trip to New York where her video will be shown at the Council members' dinner. Watch her award-winning video here. Way to go, Alexis!


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:

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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.


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.


Artist Joni Younkins-Herzog

We interviewed artist Joni Younkins-Herzog about the sculpture she recently installed in front of the Mannoni Performing Arts Center.

Are You Brave Enough to Try Macaroni Loaf?

Test your gastronomical fortitude at Cook Library on October 9, 6-8 pm, where library staff, the history honor society Phi Alpha Theta, and Andrew P. Haley will be presenting the culinary stylings of a 1952 Mississippi cookbook, Coahoma Cooking: Everyday and Sunday Too. The festivities will include a talk on "The Disappearing Cook: African Americans and Community Cookbooks."


Bankers, Judges, and Other Criminals

Listen to Instructor of Paralegal Studies Robert Harenski on the Gulf Coast Mornings Radio Show on 104.9 FM.

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Dumbo Dance Festival in NYC

Kelly Ferris Lester's choreographic work "Shared Bond" was accepted into two adjudicated festivals in NYC. The Dumbo Dance Festival performance is Sept. 27, 2014 and the Brockport Alumni Showcase was presented on June 20. The work was performed by two Department of Dance alumni, Lauren Guynes and Kristen Rizzuto, who both are following their career paths in NYC. Lester is an Associate Professor in the Department of Dance.


"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.





Jeanne Gillespie on Middle Eastern Folk Music

Associate Dean Jeanne Gillespie was a guest blogger on  Smithsonian Folkways, and commented on their two new releases: Morocco: Arabic Traditional Music and  Middle East: Sung Poetry. Read more (and listen to samples of these wonderful collections) here.


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



What to Do About the Islamic State?

Bob Pauly, Associate Dean of Arts & Letters, Gulf Coast campus, talks about the Obama administration's rhetoric on the threat from the Islamic State on Gulf Coast Mornings Radio.

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