University Forum will continue Thursday Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Marsh Auditorium with its annual lecture series honoring the first two African American students at Southern Miss, Raylawni Branch and Elaine Armstrong Chamberlain.
The 17th annual Armstrong-Branch Lecture will feature a performance by Christal Brown and the INSPIRIT Dance Company of New York titled “Liquid Strength.” The all-woman modern dance company, founded by Brown in 2000, showcases emerging African American female dancers and choreographers and is known for its eclectic style. Admission is free.
Co-sponsors of this event include the Mississippi Arts Commission; the Southern Arts Federation; Partners for the Arts; the Southern Miss offices of the Vice-President for Research and Vice-President for Student Affairs; the Southern Miss Dance Program; and the Honors College.
For more information on this event, contact Stacy Reischman, director of dance and associate professor, Department of Theatre and Dance, at 601.266.4161 or e-mail
Other University Forum presentations for the spring 2010 semester include:
• Dr. Jonathan Zimmerman, professor of education and history, "Coloring the Past: The Little Red Schoolhouse and American Memory," Tuesday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. Joseph Greene Hall auditorium, room 116.
Zimmerman is director of the History of Education Program, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University. A former Peace Corps volunteer and high school social studies teacher, he is the author of several books, including Whose America? Culture Wars in the Public Schools (2002); Innocents Abroad: American Teaches in the American Century (2006); and Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory (2009).
This event is co-sponsored by the College of Education and Psychology, World of Words Humanities Showcase; College of Arts and Letters; and the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs For more information on this event, contact Dr. Thomas O'Brien, professor and chair, Department of Educational Studies and Research in the College of Education and Psychology at 601.266.4621; or email
• Richard Peck, author of more than 30 books for children and young adults, will present “Writing Real Books in the Facebook Age," Tuesday, April 6 at 6:30 in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballrooms II and III.
Peck has been honored with the 2001 John Newberry Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children and the 2002 National Humanities Medal, and was called Described by the Washington Post, "America's best living author for young adults." This event will also help kick off the 2010 Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival and is presented in part by the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection.
For more information on this event, contact Ellen Ruffin, curator, de Grummond Children's Literature Collection, McCain Library and Archives at 601.266.4349; or email
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