The University of Southern Mississippi will host the C-SPAN Civics bus Wednesday, Nov. 4, as part of its national tour with stops at the Hattiesburg Public Library and the University of Southern Mississippi on Wednesday, Nov. 4.
During the stops, visitors will have the opportunity to tour the C-SPAN Civics Bus and learn about C-SPAN’s unique public affairs programming.
The bus is slated to be open for visitors at the following times and locations in Hattiesburg:
• Hattiesburg Public Library, 329 Hardy Street, Hattiesburg, MS 9:00 a.m.-Noon
• University of Southern Mississippi, 31st avenue between Joseph Green Hall and the Liberal Arts Building – 1pm-3:30pm
In 1993, C-SPAN launched its Bus program as a way to bring the world of public affairs into schools and communities nationwide. Working with cable television partners across the nation, C-SPAN’s bus program has visited students, teachers, and citizens in all 50 states to discuss public affairs and C-SPAN's programming and free educational resources. Visit www.c-span.org/bus for scheduling and other information on the C-SPAN Civics Bus.
At each location C-SPAN personnel will also discuss C-SPAN’s 2010 StudentCam documentary film competition as well as other educational resources.
StudentCam is an annual documentary competition that encourages students to create a short film about issues affecting their communities and nation. This year’s theme asks middle and high school students to address: “One of our country's greatest strengths” or “A challenge the country is facing.”
A total of $50,000 will be awarded in cash prizes, which includes 75 student awards and 11 teacher awards. The Grand Prize winner with the best overall entry will be awarded $5,000, with multiple cash prize awards of $250, $500, $750, $1,500, and $3,000 to students in both middle and high school categories.
The deadline for this year’s competition is January 20, 2010. Additional details can be found at www.studentcam.org.
Two thousand nine marks the bus’s sixteenth year on the road. The C-SPAN Civics Bus and crew travel the country, producing programs, and bringing the world of public affairs of life.
C-SPAN, celebrating 30 years as America’s political network of record, was created by America's cable companies as a public service in 1979. C-SPAN programs three public affairs television networks; C-SPAN Radio, a Washington, D.C. radio station distributed nationally by XM Satellite Radio; and a video-rich Web site. C-SPAN is available in over 95 million cable and satellite households. For more information, visit www.c-span.org
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.