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 Oct. 27.
"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 W. Bush."
"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.