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Center for the Study of the Gulf South to host presentation on Guantanamo Bay

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The University of Southern Mississippi Center for the Study of the Gulf South will host a free presentation, “Guantanamo Past and Present: The Politics of the Law on the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay” March 19 at 5 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 101 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The program’s guest speaker, Dr. Jana Lipman of Tulane University, will discuss the archival research of her book “Guantanamo: A Working-Class History between Empire and Revolution” which was co-winner of the 2009 Taft Prize in Labor History.

“This is very exciting to have a scholar of this caliber not only so close to Hattiesburg, but willing to come share her thoughts with us,” said Dr. Matthew Casey, co-director of the Center for the Study of the Gulf South.

Dr. Lipman has served as an advisor for the Guantánamo Public Memory Project and has also published a number of articles related to U.S.-Caribbean relations, military institutions, labor and migration in the Caribbean.

“Jana Lipman did a lot of archival research both in Cuba and the U.S. as well as tons of oral interviews with both Cubans and people from the U.S. who worked on the base,” Dr. Casey said.

“If there is anybody in the community who is interested in this base or how the construction of the Guantanamo Naval Base influenced others, or especially if anybody has passed through this naval base as they were serving in the military, we would love to have them come out and talk to us.”

For more information about this event, contact Dr. Matthew Casey at 601.266.4333.

The Center for the Study of the Gulf South (CSGS) at The University of Southern Mississippi offers strengths in several critical eras of the American South and Caribbean basin—the colonial Gulf South, slavery and abolition, the Civil War era, and the Civil Rights Movement and other mobilizations for citizenship and equality. The faculty and graduate students of the CSGS regularly present their work at leading academic gathering including the Southern Historical Association, the Society of Civil War Historians, the Labor and Working Class History Association, and the Association of Caribbean Historians. Closer to home, you’ll find its members active in the Mississippi Historical Association and we’re proud to be the host institution of the Gulf South Historical Foundation.

CSGS benefits from the rich repositories at Southern Miss, including the award-winning Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage, the Gandy Cultural Arts Center (formerly the Katrina Research Center), and the broad holdings in Southern history at the McCain Archives. The CSGS is also linked to Southern Miss’s Center for Black Studies, the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society, the Southern Quarterly and the Gandy Center for Women in Leadership. For more information on the Center, visit http://www.usm.edu/gulf-south.