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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Contact Charmaine Schmermund - 228.865.4573   

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 228.865.4573.

 Hurricane Historian’s Presentation set for Oct. 29
• Professor Writes Book on Slavery
• Staffer wins Public Relations Award

Hurricane Historian Charles Sullivan to Give Book Talk at Southern Miss

LONG BEACH, Miss. – The University of Southern Mississippi Katrina Research Center will host a book talk with historian Charles Sullivan on “Hurricanes of the Mississippi Gulf Coast: Three Centuries of Destruction” Thursday, Oct. 29, from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in room 104 of the Advanced Education Center at university’s Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

Sullivan, who wrote the original book “Hurricanes of the Mississippi Gulf Coast” in 1986, will discuss his revised and expanded edition in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Hurricane Camille.

The book talk is presented in partnership with the Long Beach Historical Society. Published by Dixie Press, the book will be available for purchase following the event. For more information, online visit the Katrina Research Center at
or call 228.214.3423.

Southern Miss History Professor Authors New Book on Slavery

LONG BEACH, Miss. – Dr. Douglas Bristol, associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi, authored the newly released “Knights of the Razor: Black Barbers in Slavery and Freedom,” a book published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

The book reflects on the lives of black barbers who were able to exercise free speech. Prior to the Civil War, these men had power over their white clients because they yielded sharp tools during their services.

According to the publisher, “Bristol engagingly narrates this story of skilled blacks and elite whites. More broadly, he offers a thoughtful study of the nuances of race relations and the ingenuity of black enterprise.”

For more information, contact Dr. Bristol at 228.214.3247 or This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it .

Linthicum Wins Southern Public Relations Federation Award

LONG BEACH, Miss. – Francesca Linthicum, graphic designer and communications specialist at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Office of University Communications, received the Award of Excellence from the Southern Public Relations Federation for her entry in the promotional brochure and folder category under $5,000.

The award for Linthicum’s “Discoveries: Southern Miss Performance Series” entry is given to work worthy of recognition. The Southern Public Relations Federation is a network of public relations professionals from Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and North Florida. More than 200 entries were submitted in this year’s regional competition.

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