Southern Miss News Briefs
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
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This briefs package highlights timely news and events from The University of Southern Mississippi. For more information on any of the stories below or for assistance in arranging interviews, contact the Office of University Communications at 601.266.4491.

Monthly War and Society Roundtable Set for Jan. 12

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The Center for the Study of War and Society at The University of Southern Mississippi continues its monthly War and Society Roundtable on Tuesday, Jan. 12 with a discussion of the gripping memoir of a French schoolteacher and Resistance fighter during World War II.

The roundtable will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Hattiesburg branch of the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal, and Forrest County. The War and Society Roundtable meets every month through May and meetings are free and open to the public.

The memoir, “Outwitting the Gestapo” tells the daring accounts of Lucie Aubrac, who fought to free her Jewish husband and his fellow Resistance members from the prisons of Lyon, France. Newly married and pregnant with her second child, Aubrac carried out dangerous plots, raids and attacks against Hitler’s Nazi regime.

“Lucie Aubrac’s experiences during the Second World War read like the most gripping kind of fiction,” said Dr. Amy Milne-Smith, assistant professor of history at Southern Miss and moderator of discussion at the January roundtable. “Written in the style of a diary, the immediacy of her account makes the French resistance come alive and demonstrates the incredible sacrifices ordinary people chose to make in the face of injustice.”

Copies of the book are available for loan at the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County. For more information on the roundtable, contact Sean Farrell at the Library at 601.584.3166 or Kyle Zelner at Southern Miss at 601.266.6196 or at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it .  To learn more about the Center, visit

Economic Outlook Symposium Scheduled for Jan. 14

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- All facets of the economy will come under close scrutiny during The Economic Outlook for 2010 symposium scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 14 at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center.
Sponsored by the Southern Miss College of Business’ Bureau of Economic Research and The First National Bank of Hattiesburg, the symposium will include noted economic experts, including the director of the forecasting center at Georgia State University; a senior economist from the Institutions of Higher Learning in Jackson, Miss., and a senior vice president from the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta.

The conference fee is $45 and includes copies of all materials, refreshments and lunch. Reserved parking on campus will be provided to those who register. To register for the conference go to For further information call 601-266-5049.

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