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WHAT: University of South Alabama Professor Kern Jackson will detail the history of Mardi Gras in the lecture, “Shared Mardi Gras Festival Continuities in Gulf Coastal Mississippi and Alabama.” Following Jackson’s lecture will be a film screening of “Orders of the Myth.” The lecture is presented by the Katrina Research Center at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast as part of the Smithsonian Institution’s Journey Stories exhibit.
WHERE: Advanced Education Center auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus
WHEN: Today at 6:40 p.m.
SPECIFICS: Journey Stories is an interactive exhibit addressing migration and immigration as they relate to the American experience. Using engaging images, audio and artifacts, it tells stories that illustrate the critical roles travel and movement have played in building our diverse American society.
The Journey Stories exhibit, sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and Mississippi Humanities Council, will be on display at the Katrina Research Center until March 11. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
CONTACT: Southern Miss Gulf Coast Office of University Communications at 228.865.4573.
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/gulfcoast .