October 26, 2014  

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The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will present a concert entitled “Made in America” that will feature Natasha Trethewey, the current Mississippi Poet Laureate and former United States Poet Laureate on Thursday, Nov. 6 at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. 

Dr. Philip C. Kolin, University Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi, has published his seventh collection of poems entitled Departures. It was released in early October by Negative Capability Press, which has published award-winning poetry books since 1981.

The University of Southern Mississippi is celebrating student writing during a month-long exhibition known as Eagles Write! and a public reading, an event that coincides with the National Day on Writing. The Department of English will host the reception and reading, which will take place Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. in the Polymer Science Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

If you've ever wondered if graduate school was for you or wondered what it was all about, The University of Southern Mississippi's Department of Anthropology and Sociology will host "Thinking about Going to Grad School? Application and Beyond" Oct. 21 from 12:15 - 1 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 204 on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party’s 2012 nominee for president, will be the featured speaker at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Oct. 21 University Forum, set for 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. This event is free and open to the public.

The Department of History at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach will present a lecture and book discussion by Dr. Kyle Longley on Monday, Oct. 20 at 5 p.m.

 

Dr. Andrew Wiest, professor of history and founding director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for the Study of War and Society, will be the guest speaker for the Tuesday, Oct. 14 University Forum on the Hattiesburg campus. This free program will be held in the Thad Cochran Center, ballroom III at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

The Mississippi Opera will present the Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company’s production of The Merry Widow, Sunday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. at the Madison Square Center for the Arts in Madison, Miss. located at 2103 Main St.

A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at St. Johns Family Funeral Home in St. Augustine, Fla. for Dr. David Goff, former director of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, who died Sept. 30 at St. Augustine Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was 66.

The first lecture in the 2014-15 Anthropology and Sociology Colloquium Lecture Series features Dr. Christy Mello from The University of Southern Mississippi who will present, "Activism and Community Health: The Politics of Food, Racism, and Neoliberalism in Southeast Grand Rapids, Michigan." Free and open to the public, this event well be held Thursday, Oct. 2 at 12:15 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 204.

The Southern Miss Food Research Group, a collaboration of various departments at The University of Southern Mississippi that study food, will host “The Culinary Communities of Mississippi: Farm, Table and Campus,” a lecture series that will explore how we cook, eat and grow food in Mississippi.

The first lecture will be held Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. in the Peck House-Asbury Annex on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. "The Carrot and the Stick: The Role of Government in Nutrition" will be presented by Dr. Joseph Weinberg, a political science professor at Southern Miss.

The Department of English on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park Campus will present a Fall 2014 film series titled “The Open Road and the American Frontier” with the first screening and discussion on Oct. 23. The series explores various responses to the closing of the American frontier.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Art and Design is hosting the Gallery of Art and Design Inaugural Exhibit: Faculty Works, featuring faculty artists. The exhibit, which runs through Oct. 9, is being held on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus in the newly renovated gallery space of George Hurst Building. Admission is free and the exhibit is open to the public.

The College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi recently announced five new department chairs and directors, including Dr. Ann Marie Kinnell, Anthropology and Sociology; Dr. David L. Butler, Political Science, International Development and International Affairs; Dr. David R. Davies, School of Mass Communication and Journalism; Professor Stacy Reischman Fletcher, School of Music; and Dr. Marek D. Steedman, Interdisciplinary Studies.

Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Buford “Buff” Blount, a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus who led the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division into Iraq in 2003, will be the featured speaker for the Monday, Sept. 29 McCarthy Lecture Series. It will be held at 6 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 101 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra opens its 95th season Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. In true gala opening style, patrons are encouraged to dress in their best fashion for this very special opening entitled “From the New World.”

Dr. Andrew Haley, an associate professor in the Department of History at The University of Southern Mississippi, will discuss the lack of African American references in early Mississippi cookbooks to kickoff the Mississippi Community Cookbook Project. The lecture will take place on Oct. 9 in Cook Library, Room 123 from 6-8 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus.

The 2014 McCarthy Lecture Series begins Monday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi with Dan Hallin's lecture “Reporting the Vietnam War.” Hallin is a professor of communications at the University of California, San Diego and his talk is tied to his extensive research and publications on this subject. 

The series is presented by the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society, located in the university’s Department of History. All talks in the series begin at 6 p.m. in Room 101 of the Liberal Arts Building. Parking is free on campus after 5 p.m.  

The Department of English in the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi will host Critical Readings, a lecture series featuring leading cultural critics who consider new questions about literature and culture. All of the lectures will be held on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus in the Liberal Arts Building, room 108.
 

Efforts to better serve the students, faculty and staff at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus have been enhanced with the filling of two associate dean positions so that each of the University’s six academic colleges now have a full-time academic administrator working locally in Long Beach.

 

University of Southern Mississippi student Julian Walker, featured alongside Oscar winning actress Mo’Nique and Isaiah Washington in the movie “Blackbird,” is the guest speaker at University Forum Tuesday, Sept. 16. His presentation will be held in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom II at 6:30 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus, and admission is free.

The University of Southern Mississippi announced today that its Fall 2014 entering class is the most academically talented in the institution’s recorded history.

 

With a renewed focus on student recruitment, retention, progression and graduation, the University’s newest students have the highest grade point average of any entering class. In addition, retention and graduation rates have improved.

 

The Dale Center for the Study of War and Society at The University of Southern Miss will host the first roundtable discussion of the fall semester on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m.  Held each month at the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County, the event is open to the public.

The unique work of five internationally-known artists will be featured on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi as part of an outdoor sculpture exhibition that will run from September 2014 through February 2016.