For more than forty years, the University Forum has been the premier lecture series at the University of Southern Mississippi. Sponsored by the Southern Miss Honors College with support from the Office of the President, since its founding in 1974, University Forum has brought some of the most respected and innovative cultural, scientific, and artistic voices in the world to Southern Miss. Under the auspices of Forum, such speakers as Stephen J. Gould, Gloria Steinem, Russell Means, Susan Sontag, Kurt Vonnegut, E.O. Wilson, Art Spiegelman, and Carl Bernstein have visited Southern Miss.
The 2015-2016 University Forum will kick off on September 22 with Rick Bragg, the former correspondent for the New York Times whose “elegantly written stories about contemporary America" were awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1993. Bragg has recently authored a best-selling biography of music legend Jerry Lee Lewis and a collection of essays titled My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South. In June 2015, Rick Bragg was named one of twelve initial inductees, along with Zora Neale Hurston and Harper Lee, into the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame. A book signing will follow the talk.
Bragg will be followed by five “thought leaders.” All events are on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 and are free and open to the public. A book signing will usually follow the speech.
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Writing the South
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist
September 22 @ 6:30pm
The Physics of NASCAR
Physicist and Author
October 13 @ 6:30pm
The Gay Rights Revolution:
Lead Attorney in the Landmark U.S.
v. Windsor Supreme Court Case
November 10 @ 6:30pm
Thad Cochran Center Ballrooms
Civil Rights Cold Cases Jerry Mitchell
MacArthur “Genius Grant”-Winning Reporter for The Clarion-Ledger
February 16 @ 6:30pm in Bennett Auditorium
Grace and Grit: Lilly Ledbetter
Activist Who Inspired the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
March 1 @ 6:30pm Bennett Auditorium
An Evening with Barbara Ehrenreich: Barbara Ehrenreich
Muckraking Journalist and Author of Nickel and Dimed
April 12 @ 6:30pm in Bennett Auditorium