Activities & Events
Roots Reunion is a twice-yearly stage show and radio broadcast presented by the Southern Mississippi Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage. Highlighting the musical heritage of the Piney Woods and the Gulf Coast, Roots Reunion is not ony entertainment, but an effort to preserve the region's musical traditons. To learn more, contact Dr. Louis.Kyriakoudes, Director of the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage.
War and Society Roundtable
A community event co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of War and Society and the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal, and Forrest County, roundtables are held on the second Tuesday of each month from September to May. A roundtable is a discussion or deliberation in which each participant has equal status and equal time to present views. The War and Society roundtable discussions focus on a specific book (chosen in advance and available for loan from the library) and are moderated by a faculty member from the History Department at Southern Miss who specializes in the book’s period or topic. The informal discussions are a great way for those interested in the history of war and society to talk about exciting topics, ideas, and works of history with other interested folks from the community. The meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County, located at 329 Hardy Street, Hattiesburg. For more information, please contact Sean Farrell at the Library at 601-584-3166 or Dr. Kyle F. Zelner at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Phi Alpha Theta
The History Department is home to the Theta Kappa chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the international History Honor Society. Membership in Phi Alpha Theta is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduates must have completed at least 4 History courses with a GPA of at least 3.1 in History and a 3.0 overall GPA (you don't need to be a History major to join). Graduate students must have completed at least 12 semester hours toward their masters Degree in History, with a GPA of 3.5 or better.
The chapter's activities include conferences, workshops, parties, and whatever else that year's members dream up. For more information our local chapter, contact Dr. Phyllis Jestice, or for more information about Phi Alpha Theta's national activities, visit Phi Alpha Theta's national website.
National History Day in Mississippi
The USM History Department coordinates an annual competition each spring for junior high and high school students in the state of Mississippi. This national competition, run on the science fair model, is designed to encourage interest in History. Students submit documentaries, performances, exhibits, and research papers; winners at the Mississippi state level are eligible to compete in a national competition in Washington, D.C. Our History/Social Studies Licensure students are especially encouraged to help at the competition, both as organizers and as judges.
For more information about competition rules and guidelines, visit our National History Day in Mississippi website. If you are interested in participating in or helping with the Mississippi competition, please contact the History Department at 601.266.4333.
World Civilization Film Series
In conjunction with the USM History Department's World Civilization courses, the department offers a film series during the fall and spring semesters. The approximately twelve films each semester 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 or check out our current schedule.