April 17, 2014  

Current weather

Overcast, 66.2 °F

Articles in "Arts and Letters"

Main Content

The School of Music at Southern Miss has released tickets for Showbiz Showstoppers, a one-night-only spectacular featuring show-stopping numbers from some of Broadway’s best musicals.

 

A talented cast of students, alumni and community members are already in rehearsals for the April 11 performance, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, Miss.

The Center for Writers at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the first of three readings by visiting writers on Wednesday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the International Center, room 101. All events in this series are free and open to the public.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host a special roundtable discussion titled, “From the Flatlands to the Coast: Bringing the Mississippi Delta to the Mississippi Gulf Coast” on Thursday, Feb. 27 at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre will kick off its spring 2014 season with its presentation of Clybourne Park. All performances will take place in the Tatum Theatre of the Theatre and Dance Building at Southern Miss. Performances are Feb. 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28 and March 1 at 7:30 p.m. A matinee performance will be held Feb. 23 at 2 p.m.

Snarky Puppy, a Grammy Award-winning jazz/funk/world music fusion band is providing a free  educational workshop on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 2–4 p.m., at Brewsky’s on West Fourth Street in Hattiesburg.  

 

Crystal Garner, a junior broadcast journalism and computer science major from Meridian, Miss., was recently selected to attend the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, which will be held this summer on the campus of Dillard University in New Orleans, La.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Dance will host Dancing Against Substance Abuse Monday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. The dance event, choreographed by Performance and Choreography student Alexis Barbaresi, will be held in the Thad Cochran Grand Ballroom.

On Monday, Feb. 10, The University of Southern Mississippi marked a year since a destructive EF-4 tornado struck its Hattiesburg campus, damaging buildings and destroying trees, primarily at its front entrance next to Hardy Street.

University officials are pleased with progress to restore the campus and look forward to completing all work connected with recovery from the storm by the end of 2014.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for the Study of War & Society will host the second War & Society Roundtable of the spring semester Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. Each lecture of the War & Society Roundtable series will be held at the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County, located at 329 Hardy Street in downtown Hattiesburg. The discussion is free and open to the public.

The University of Southern Mississippi will welcome sociologist Dr. Yuki Kato to the Hattiesburg campus Feb. 12 when its Department of Anthropology and Sociology begins a new lecture series. Dr. Kato will present “Food Justice for Whom? Examining the Opportunities and Challenges of Making Local Food Accessible to the Food Desert.”

This lecture is part of the Anthropology-Sociology Research Colloquium and will meet at noon in the Liberal Arts Building, room 204. The event is free and open to the public.

The University of Southern Mississippi is home to one of the country’s top military history programs through the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society. In an effort to help the Center reach even loftier heights, the USM Foundation has launched the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society Campaign.

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert M. Gates offered a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse of White House politics and policies as the guest speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s Lt. Col. John H. Dale Sr. Distinguished Lecture Series in International Security and Global Policy on Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Saenger Theatre in downtown Hattiesburg, Miss.

 

Gates, who also served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, shared details of his professional life with the packed audience. The presentation included excerpts from his recent autobiography, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.”

 

University of Southern Mississippi student Rachael Reeves recently placed second in the national “Press the President” writing contest for her submission, “The Government’s Responsibility in the American Obesity Epidemic.”

To commemorate and educate about the history of civil rights in America, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus will host “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” which will feature three different discussions and their accompanying documentary films. Each discussion will be held from 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. and follow with the film at 6 p.m.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Art and Design announces Aquaflora, a collaboration between the Southern Miss Museum of Art and Lauren Rogers Museum of Art. The exhibition features works by Jasmina Danowski, Suzanna Fields, Bassmi Ibrahim, Judy Pfaff, Allison Stewart, and Carlyle Wolfe.  Aquaflora will be on exhibition now through March 22. 

 

Since its release, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” the autobiography of former U.S. Secretary of Defense and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Dr. Robert M. Gates, has been both a best-seller and the topic of intense conversations across the country. On Thursday, Feb. 6, the book will also be the focal point of Gates’s presentation at the Saenger Theater in downtown Hattiesburg.

 

Norbert Putnam, a bassist-producer who has worked with some of the biggest names in popular music, spoke to University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism students in the school’s recording industry program about his experiences in and knowledge of the music industry Friday, Jan. 24 during a master class on the Hattiesburg campus.

Norbert Putnam, left, a bassist-producer who has worked with some of the biggest names in popular music, spoke to University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism students in the school’s recording industry program about his experiences in and knowledge of the music industry Friday, Jan. 24 during a master class on the Hattiesburg campus.

Fifty years after he marched for equal rights, Anthony Harris returned to downtown Hattiesburg Jan. 22 to retrace his steps in pursuit of a more just society.

 

Harris, a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus, braved chilly temperatures along with many area residents, students and other supporters for the Freedom Day reenactment march in downtown Hattiesburg. The event, part of the university's programming commemorating Freedom Summer, recognized those who marched for voting rights and equal access to facilities for African Americans in Hattiesburg in that pivotal year of the civil rights movement.

Wilton Jackson, a junior broadcast journalism major at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been chosen to participate in the USA Today Collegiate Correspondent Program which runs from Jan. 13 – May 9.

The Library of Hattiesburg will offer more than just words on a page when it serves as the multimedia venue for a unique event constructed in tribute to Dana Ragsdale. The event, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, will include a memorial concert interwoven with readings and a dedication of the artwork donated to the library by Ragsdale.

Dr. Philip C. Kolin, University Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi, together with Harvey Young, professor of theatre at Northwestern University, has just published Suzan-Lori Parks in Person: Interviews and Commentaries with Routledge, a widely respected British press.

William Newman, an instructor of paralegal studies and political science at The University of Southern Mississippi will be the featured guest for a live broadcast of the Mississippi Public Broadcasting radio program “In Legal Terms.”

Anyone who listens to Southern Miss Radio knows Bec O’Neal follows the beat of her own drummer.  Decidedly unlike the other on-air talent one would find anywhere on the radio dial, O’Neal, whose real name is Rebecca Huddleston, is the same in real life as she is when she hosts WUSM’s Southern Miss Today radio program.  Perhaps her quirky realness is why satellite radio giant SiriusXM Radio chose her to intern with them this spring in Washington, DC.