November 23, 2014  

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IDV Student’s Research Article Featured in Journal Spaces & Flows

David Drissel, a student in the international development doctoral program at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, recently had his article, “Skateboarding Spaces of Youth in Belfast: Negotiating Boundaries, Transforming Identities,” published in the journal Spaces & Flows: An International Journal of Urban and Extra Urban Studies

Drissel’s article observes how the city of Belfast, Northern Ireland, has experienced a major political transformation and urban revitalization since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in April 1998. The paper is based primarily on ethnographic observations and semi-structured interviews with skateboarding teens and young adults, conducted by Drissel while in Belfast during July and August 2010.

For more information, visit www.usm.edu/gulfcoast/international-development-doctoral-program.

                              Gulf Coast Libraries Present St. Patrick’s Day Exhibit

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library, located on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, is featuring a St. Patrick’s Day exhibit on the history behind the holiday as well as little known facts about all things Irish.

Traditions, such as wearing green and kissing the Blarney Stone, are explored along with a summary of the Irish Diaspora explaining why many people feel a connection to Ireland. Borrowed from the Hibernia Marching Society of Mississippi, many items of interest include examples of old Irish folk songs, art and crafts and a postcard collection from Ireland. Handouts are available to assist those interested in genealogy research.

The library also has entry forms for the 24th annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K and 1-Mile Health Run/Walk and Parade to be held Saturday, March 16, in Biloxi. The event, hosted by the Hibernia Marching Society, will begin at City Hall on Lameuse Street.

The exhibit can be viewed in the main display cases on the first and second floors of the Gulf Coast Library during normal operating hours throughout the month of March. For more information, contact the Gulf Coast Library at 228.214.3450.