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Tuesday, February 02, 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.

School of Music to Host Horn Workshop

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music will host the 2010 Southeast Horn Workshop March 26-28 for the first time in the workshop’s history.

High school, undergraduate and graduate students are invited to enjoy a weekend filled with artists, competitions and master classes. Featured artists include international horn soloist and conductor Barry Tuckwell, Meridian Arts Ensemble hornist Daniel Grabois and American jazz hornist and composer John Clark.

The Meridian Arts Ensemble will give a special performance Friday, March 26 as part of the Southern Miss School of Music’s Connoisseur Chamber Music Series.

Costs for this workshop range from $40-$90 and registration is now open. For more information or to register, visit

War and Society Roundtable Resumes Feb. 9

The Center for the Study of War and Society at The University of Southern Mississippi continues its monthly War and Society Roundtable Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Hattiesburg branch of the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County.

This month's book, “Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War,”  tells the heart-wrenching tale of survivors of the 1979-1989 Soviet War in Afghanistan. The memoir was written by Svetlana Alexievich, a Russian author who interviewed both civilians and soldiers whose lives were torn apart by the war.

The 197 pages are filled with gripping, personal interviews including widows and mothers of the Soviet soldiers who were called the “zinky  boys,” because their dead were brought home in zinc coffins.
“ ‘Zinky Boys’ is a passionate book that is poignant, disturbing and memorable,” said Dr. Brian LaPierre, assistant professor of history at Southern Miss and moderator of discussion at the February roundtable. “It is also a very pertinent book. As the United States escalates its own military involvement in Afghanistan, ‘Zinky Boys’ offers a cautionary tale of another superpower’s failed attempt to implant its values and institutions on a country ruled by traditionalism, tribalism and a long history of resistance to foreign invasion and centralized control.”

Copies of the book are available for loan at 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 Center for the Study of War and Society serves as a local, national, and international resource for the study of the history of warfare at the social, economic, political, cultural, and military levels.

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

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