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Half a century ago, renowned cartoonist Ralph Dunagin honed his art skills at The University of Southern Mississippi. Now the semi-retired creator of “Dunagin’s People” wants to give back to the school that gave him so much.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre and Dance will present the fall Studio 115 Dance Concert, Dec. 8-10 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. in the Theatre and Dance Building.

The University of Southern Mississippi Center for Human Rights and Civil Liberties has organized a weeklong series of events for Human Rights Week on its Hattiesburg campus, beginning today and culminating Friday evening at 7 p.m. with a public event featuring noted civil rights activist Bettie Dahmer.

A Hattiesburg resident has donated her collection amassed over 40 years of Beatrix Potter books and artifacts featuring the “Peter Rabbit” character to the University of Southern Mississippi’s internationally recognized de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection.

Betty Press, adjunct professor of photography in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Art and Design, was interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR) Sunday about her new book of black and white photos and proverbs from Africa.

Grammy-nominated pianist Petronel Malan will perform a recital of music spanning 250 years to showcase not only her own talents but also those of the Shigeru EX Concert Piano - one of only four in the continental U.S. -  Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the University of Southern Mississippi’s Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium.

Students and teachers representing 16 high schools from the southern region of the state will converge on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus Dec. 2-3 for the South Mississippi High School Drama Festival.

She already has an impressive list of accolades dotting her vita. But Dr. Kimberley Davis will achieve a goal long coveted by generations of musical artists when The University of Southern Mississippi faculty member performs as a guest soloist at world-renowned Carnegie Hall in New York City Feb. 19.

 

Last month, University of Southern Mississippi voice instructor Maryann Kyle won rave reviews for her performance of “Sondheim in the City” in New York City.

 

Now, the cabaret-style production that showcases the multi-talented Kyle comes home to Hattiesburg for its only in-state performance this year on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

The University of Southern Mississippi wants Pine Belt area residents to help ring in the holiday season as part of the 5th Annual Lighting the Way for the Holidays set for Sunday, Dec. 4 on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

Festivities begin at 6 p.m. in front of the Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building. Sponsored by the Student Government Association, the event is free and open to the general public.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Art and Design will display the works of graduating seniors in the department’s final exhibit of the semester with an opening reception Nov. 29 from 5-7 p.m. at the Southern Miss Museum of Art. The exhibit runs through Dec. 16 and features the artistry of 12 of the department’s students.

Michael Sims, a University of Southern Mississippi sophomore polymer science major from Hattiesburg, makes a point during a debate about the Occupy Wall Street movement. The event was held Thursday on the school’s Hattiesburg campus and sponsored by the Southern Miss Debate Society, which is open to all students at the university regardless of their major.

A group of University of Southern Mississippi students studying political science and journalism took part in an interactive program hosted by C-SPAN on its ‘Road to the White House 2012” tour bus, which visited the Hattiesburg campus on Thursday, Nov. 3.

 

Senior political science major Katie Wilson of Biloxi, Miss.; broadcast journalism major Rachel Beech of Brandon, Miss.; and Justin Mitchell of Bay St. Louis, Miss. took the opportunity to ask questions in a live broadcast of C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” program to guest Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.).

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism will host its fifth annual symposium Thursday, Nov. 10.  “From Here You Can Go Anywhere:  Southern Miss and the Future of the Entertainment Industry” will be held in the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus. 

A potential pro baseball career denied because of the color of his skin and an obsession with cheating death plague the main character of Fences, to be performed at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gilbert F. Hartwig Theatre beginning Nov. 4.

University of Southern Mississippi student Lauren Pace wastes no time revealing which Subway sandwich tickles her taste buds’ fancy.

 

“I just love the chicken pizziola,” said Pace, a sophomore communications major from College Station, Texas. “Especially, with the new flatbread they have. They are really delicious.”

Three faculty members in The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism will discuss and sign their new book, “Race and News:  Critical Perspectives,” in Room 103 of the Trent Lott Center at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2. The event is free and open to the public.

Air Force ROTC cadets at The University of Southern Mississippi will perform their annual 24-hour vigil at the Hattiesburg Veterans Memorial Park from 10 a.m., Nov. 10 through 10 a.m. Nov. 11 as part of Veterans Day festivities.

A University of Southern Mississippi professor played a key role in a soon to be released six-part documentary about the Vietnam War from the History Channel, which includes the story of a Hattiesburg military veteran’s role in the controversial, age-defining Southeast Asia conflict.  

With echoes of a gala opening night still lingering in the concert hall, The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents its second concert of the season, “Rule Britannia,” Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium.

The University of Southern Mississippi Roots N’ Shoots chapter, along with the Department of Biological Sciences, is hosting the Haunted Halloween Biology Trail on Friday, Oct. 28 in the Biological Sciences Learning Center, located in the basement of Mississippi Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. Tours begin at 4:30 p.m. and will continue until 7:30 p.m.

The critically acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet will share its virtuosic talents with the Hattiesburg community in a special concert set for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20 at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

A reception recognizing the publication of University of Southern Mississippi adjunct faculty member Betty Press’ book “I Am Because We Are: African Wisdom In Image and Proverb”will be held Oct. 19 from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, second floor mezzanine.

The University of Southern Mississippi Repertory Dance Company is presenting the Fall Dance Concert, showcasing the work of faculty, students and a guest artist at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27-30.