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The College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi celebrates Black History not just in February, but also throughout the year in its faculty research, courses and internships, sponsored readings and performances and exhibits.

As The University of Southern Mississippi celebrates Black History month, Southern Miss Theatre opens its spring theatre season in Tatum Theatre with By The Way, Meet Vera Stark. Lynn Nottage, a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and screenwriter, explores stereotypes and typecasting in her playful, sharp and poignant work.

 

 

 

From the hilarious musings of a beloved comedian to the wisdom of an oft-quoted civil rights heroine, the University of Southern Mississippi Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage’s rich collection of interviews with Magnolia State natives is recognized as one of the premier repositories of its kind in the nation.

The University of Southern Mississippi's Southern Quarterly is now included in the Project Muse database, a collection of electronic journals that is a leading provider of digital humanities and social sciences content. This collaboration will help fulfill the University's goal of recruiting outstanding students and faculty.

As an expert on U.S. foreign policy and international politics, former White House senior staffer, Dr. Henry Nau, has been all over the world. On Feb. 23, however, he is coming home to Hattiesburg where his roots are deep at The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

War imagery and its influences will be the focus of a program hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Dale Center for the Study of War and Society Saturday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson.

The University of Southern Mississippi has partnered with the Republic of Panama in an initiative known as Panama Bilingue [Bilingual Panama], a project implemented by the president of Panama to ensure his citizens are bilingual in Spanish and English.

For the past decade, Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) and the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage (COHCH) at The University of Southern Mississippi have been sharing the stories of real people who have lived through some of the most dramatic moments in the nation’s history. Beginning Feb. 2, this special program will begin airing Monday-Friday at 12:30 p.m. on MPB Radio.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Symphony Orchestra presents an exciting and rare program featuring the venerable symphony orchestra and the combined forces of Southern Miss and guest choirs in two world premieres. The program, entitled The Prodigal for one of the premieres, takes place Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Main Street Baptist Church.

Local artists and crafts vendors are invited to be part of the 6th Annual Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday, April 4, at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi will welcome guest lecturer Carey Fee, a doctoral candidate at Florida State University, who will present “Trail Mix: How Pilgrims and Politics Shaped Sacred Monuments of Medieval Europe.” The lecture will be held Thursday, Jan. 29 at 5:30 p.m. at the Gallery of Art and Design in the George Hurst Building on the Hattiesburg campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Kristen Dupard and Jeremy Moore, students at The University of Southern Mississippi, have been selected to attend the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU), set for March 6-8 at the University of Miami.

Three acclaimed writers will be the featured guests this spring as part of the Visiting Writers Series at The University of Southern Mississippi. Hosted by the Center for Writers in the Department of English, the dates for the series are set for Jan. 28, Mar. 4 and Apr. 22. All readings are free and open to the public and will be held on the Hattiesburg campus in the Liberal Arts Building, room 108.

Dr. Tom Lansford, professor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, is editor for the “Political Handbook of the World 2014.”

Dr. Justin Barrett of Fuller Theological Seminary will present "Is Religious Belief Natural? The Relevance of Cognitive Science to Faith” Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom I, to open the spring 2015 Honors Forum series.

The University of Southern Mississippi's popular lecture series, Philosophical Fridays, will resume Jan. 27 for the spring 2015 semster. This series was launched by the Department of Philosophy and Religion in 2012 and regularly features scholars who share their diverse beliefs and knowledge in philosophy and religion. All lectures will be held on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus and are free and open to the public, thanks to generous support from the Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC).

Last fall, The Department of Theatre at The University of Southern Mississippi was selected as a broadcast venue for Britain’s illustrious National Theatre.

On Jan. 27, Southern Miss, one of a few designated locations in the country specifically chosen and equipped to broadcast National Theatre Live’s productions, will open the 2015 season with DV8’s JOHN, followed by Treasure Island. Both productions will be held in Tatum Theatre in the Theatre and Dance Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

In March, members of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Pride of Mississippi Marching Band will be traveling to Dublin, Ireland to participate in the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. In order to help defray costs for attendees, the students themselves have organized a 5k run and one mile fun run dubbed the Screamin’ Eagle Dash.

 

The Dale Center for the Study of War and Society at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the first roundtable discussion of the 2015 spring semester Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. Held each month at the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County, the event is free and open to the public. All events begin at 6 p.m. at the library.

A graveside service is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17 at Roseland Park Cemetery in Hattiesburg for Dr. William Hatcher, former chairman of The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Political Science, who died Dec. 12 in Jackson, Miss. He was 92.

James C. Bishop, a retired professor of mass communication and journalism at The University of Southern Mississippi, died Dec. 3 at his residence in Hattiesburg. He was 92.

The University of Southern Mississippi fall 2014 Senior Show in Painting and Sculpture Exhibit, which showcases senior works, will remain up and running in the Gallery of Art and Design in the George Hurst Building until Dec. 12. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

Compassion can be given in many different ways, but for a child, the warmth and comfort of a new, stuffed, cuddly friend means more than we grown-ups know.

The learning process never really stops, especially for the Department of History at The University of Southern Mississippi. History professor Dr. Susannah J. Ural and history doctoral student E. Allan Branstiter recently attended a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) workshop to advance their knowledge of digital methods for studying military history.