LONG BEACH -- The
Sun Herald and The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast
have formed a partnership to bring nationally known speakers to
this area through a community lecture series.
The series, called "Issues and Answers,"
will feature five lecturers each year on a variety of topics of
interest to south Mississippi residents, including government, arts,
economic development, health, education and science and technology.
"This is a partnership between south Mississippi's
university and south Mississippi's newspaper to present distinguished
speakers who will address issues of importance to south Mississippi's
future," said Ricky Mathews, president and publisher of The
"The 'Issues and Answers' lecture series
will present broad-based subjects of interest and showcase many
of the resources available through Southern Miss," he added.
"The Sun Herald's coverage will allow all south Mississippians
to share in the series, even if they can't attend in person."
Representatives from each of the university's
five colleges will choose a speaker for each lecture. The first
lecture will be held at 7 p.m., Oct. 27 at the Advanced Education
Center on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The event is free
to the public.
"Southern Miss is pleased and honored to
partner with The Sun Herald on this important endeavor," said
Dr. Jay Grimes, Southern Miss provost. "Our five colleges will
be instrumental in finding distinguished speakers who will provide
a forum that benefits the community, our students and our faculty."
The first lecture will feature Douglas Brinkley,
director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies and a history
professor at the University of New Orleans.
Brinkley has authored several books about presidents
and other political figures. He will launch his latest book, "Tour
of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War," in paperback this
week with a segment on "The Today Show."
Brinkley's talk as part of the lecture series
is titled "Commanders in Chief from George Washington to George
"It's about presidents who served during
wars and how they dealt with it, as well as their military backgrounds,"
he said in a phone interview from New Orleans.
Brinkley said when he talks about Bush and the
war in Iraq, he will discuss the upcoming election and its implications.
Brinkley received his bachelor's degree from
Ohio State University and his master's and doctorate in military
and diplomatic history from Georgetown University.