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Thursday, November 12, 2009
Contact David Tisdale - 601.266.4499   

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 Department of Marketing and Public Relations at 228.865.4573.

 Holiday Choral Spectacular Dec. 1 at Main Street Baptist
• Bowling for Bow Wows Nov. 18
• Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Nov. 19 at Shoemaker Square
• McCain Online Exhibit Features State Anti-Communism Efforts
• Kolin Articles on Emmett Till Published

Holiday Choral Spectacular Benefiting Children’s Center Dec. 1

HATTIESBURG, Miss.  – The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will perform in the Holiday Choral Spectacular Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg. Tickets are $22 and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Children’s Center for Communication and Development at Southern Miss.

Founded more than 35 years ago, the Children’s Center is an early intervention program serving infants, toddlers and preschoolers with communicative and developmental disabilities. It is a clinical division of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences and a United Way agency.

For more information about this event or the Children’s Center, call 601.266.5222 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it .

Bowling Tournament Fundraiser for Animal Shelter Nov. 18

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Delta Tau Delta fraternity at the University of Southern Mississippi is co-sponsoring “Delta Bowling for Bow Wows,” a fundraiser to purchase dog houses for the Southern Pines Animal Shelter. The event is Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 5:30 – 9 p.m. at Champion Bowling Lanes in Hattiesburg.

Other event sponsors include Animal Medical Center; Champion Lanes; Commercial Stationery; and Moore’s Bike Shop.

The three-person team competition includes the following categories and times:
• Faculty and Staff – 5:30 – 7 p.m.
• Community (two categories: 14 and younger and age 15 and older) – 5:30 – 7 p.m.
• Fraternity / Sorority – 7:15 – 9 p.m.
• Independent student – 7:15 – 9 p.m.

Entry fee is $15 per person and includes two games of bowling, shoes, a combo meal, and a $5 contribution to benefit the Southern Pines Animal Shelter. No more than three bowlers per team. First and second place prizes will be awarded in each category.

Registration will be held on site. Bowlers are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to team category session. For more information contact Sid Gonsoulin at 601.266.5767.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes set for Nov. 19 at Southern Miss

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention will hold its annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event at Shoemaker Square on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus Thursday, Nov. 19 at noon. Shoemaker Square is located next to The Hub in the center of campus.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is part of the International Men’s March to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. Participating men will show their support to end violence against women by marching in Shoemaker Square carrying messages of support and wearing women’s high heel shoes. This event will feature men from Southern Miss fraternities and athletics programs, and is sponsored by the University Police Department.

Joining them will be members of the Hattiesburg Police Department, university students, staff and faculty and members of the Hattiesburg community.  Women and children are invited to march alongside participants to raise awareness of these issues.

The registration fee is $8 for those wanting a “I Walked a Mile in Her Shoes” t-shirt; otherwise, participation is free. For registration and additional information including where to buy shoes, contact Mark Ely with the Shafer Center at 601-264-7078; online

McCain Library Online Exhibit Spotlights State’s Anti-Communism Efforts

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The McCain Library and Archives at The University of Southern Mississippi is presenting an online exhibit featuring various aspects of anti-communism efforts in the state from 1944-1968.

During and after World War II, the belief that communism would infiltrate the United States was a fear that overcame many Americans.  Citizens and governmental groups, including in Mississippi, organized anti-communism efforts to inform the public about the possible communist activities on national and local levels.

To access this online exhibit, go to For more information about this exhibit or additional information on materials housed in McCain Library, contact Jennifer Brannock at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it or call 601.266.4347.

Kolin Articles on Emmett Till Published

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- University of Southern Mississippi Distinguished Professor of English Dr. Philip C. Kolin has published two articles this fall on Emmett Till in music and song from 1955 through 2008.

Till’s tragic murder in the Mississippi Delta in 1955 and the sham trial of his assailants helped trigger the Civil Rights Movement. Kolin’s “’Blues for Emmett Till’: The First Extant Song on the Murder of Emmett Till” was recently published in the African American Review and studies this important document, with lyrics written by Aaron Kramer and music by Clyde Appleton, in light of  early civil rights marches and  anti-lynching songs.

Kolin’s second article, “Haunting America: Emmett Till in Music and Song,” appears in the Southern Cultures, a journal published by the University of North Carolina Press. Kolin argues that Till’s place in music is rooted in Southern musical traditions that range from “finger-pointin’” folk ballads to spirituals/gospel to blues to jazz to rap and hip hop. The songs Kolin analyzes illustrate how cultural memory works to shape and reshape history.

Over the last half century, Till’s symbolic roles in music and song have changed from being portrayed as an innocent victim to becoming a mythic boy hero. Much of Kolin’s research came from interviewing composers and correlating their work with important historical documents about Till’s murder, the trial and the quest to seek justice in the case.

About The University of Southern Mississippi
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