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Released October 13, 2004


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 Sun Herald.

"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.


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November 23, 2004 9:23 AM