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Pulitzer Winner to Offer Weeklong Discussion of Katrina PDF Print E-mail
Friday, November 06, 2009
Contact Tearanny Street, 601.266.6823   
HATTIESBURG, Miss. Jed Horne, distinguished visiting lecturer in The University of Southern Mississippi College of Arts and Letters, will offer a weeklong examination of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath during a mini-session set for Jan. 11-15 on the Gulf Coast campus.

Horne is the former metro editor of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, which garnered two Pulitzer Prizes for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed “Breach of Faith: Hurricane Katrina and the Near Death of a Great American City.” 

“We think the seminar will have a lot of interest for our students and for other members of the public,” said Dr. Denise von Herrmann, dean of the College of Arts and Letters.  “Mr. Horne certainly brings an informed perspective to the seminar.”

Horne plans to feature a number of guest speakers in the class, which will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will include storm surge expert Ivor van Heerden; WLOX-TV News Director Dave Vincent; filmmaker Lolis Elie; photojournalist Ted Jackson; New Orleans schools reformer Sarah Usdin; John Jopling and Reilly Morse of the Mississippi Center for Justice; and several other experts and municipal leaders.

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to take the seminar as an interdisciplinary course, IDS 490, Interdisciplinary Seminar, or as MCJ 480, Seminar in Journalism.  Master’s students can enroll in MCJ 580, Seminar in Journalism.

Members of the public who are interested in taking the course without pursuing a degree can apply for admission as non-degree seeking students by contacting the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Office of Admissions at 228-214-3444.

More information about the January mini-session is available at

For additional information, contact Dr. Christopher Campbell, director of the Southern Miss School of Mass Communication and Journalism, at 601-266-4258 or This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it .

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