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 University Forum will feature three guests in the spring of 2016 who are changing how we think about the world. The first speaker is Jerry Mitchell, the MacArthur Foundation genius-award winning journalist whose exposes for The Clarion-Ledger helped to put numerous Klan members behind bars including Byron De La Beckwith for the assassination of Medgar Evers, Imperial Wizard Sam Bowers for ordering the murder of Vernon Dahmer, Bobby Cherry for the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, and Edgar Ray Killen for his role in killing Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman. For his work, Mitchell has received more than 30 national awards, including the George Polk Award twice. In 2006, he was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Jerry Mitchell will speak to the Forum on February 16 at 6:30pm in Bennett Auditorium. The event is free and open to everyone.
Mitchell’s visit will be followed by Lilly Ledbetter, the pay equity activist and inspiration for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, on March 1 and Barbara Enrenreich, the muckraking journalist and author of Nickel and Dimed on April 12. Both talks are also in Bennett Auditorium at 6:30pm.
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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
MacArthur “Genius Grant”-Winning Reporter for The Clarion-Ledger
February 16 @ 6:30pm
Grace and Grit
Activist Who Inspired the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
March 1 @ 6:30pm
An Evening with Barbara Ehrenreich
Muckraking Journalist and Author of Nickel and Dimed
April 12 @ 6:30pm