August 21, 2014  

Current weather

Clear sky, 73.4 °F

Articles in "Arts and Letters"

Main Content

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.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Communication Studies’ Professor Richard Conville retired this past May after 35 years of service.

Conville was hired in 1978 by the university and became the first full-time chair of the department. He led the development of curriculum as well as the hiring of the first five faculty members. He charted the course for the department’s growth and role at the university.

Monicia Warner, a fall 2013 highest honors graduate from The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, was recently selected as a Chips Quinn Scholar for their 2014 Spring Class.

Wilton C. Jackson II, a junior broadcast journalism major at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded the $1,500 Hiliary H. Holloway Scholarship on behalf of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.

 

University of Southern Mississippi associate professor of history Susannah Ural’s latest book captures the challenges and horrors of the Civil War through the voices of the families directly impacted by the conflict that shattered a nation.

The University of Southern Mississippi Forensics Society recently competed in the Red River Swing Tournament (two tournaments in one weekend) at Louisiana State University – Shreveport. The tournament is 39 years old, and the field of competition included 26 colleges and universities. Eight students represented Southern Miss at the tournament. 

 

Researchers from across the nation have visited The University of Southern Mississippi over the past few months in order to work with one of the largest Maya skeletal series. Their research will reveal much about the physical characteristics, health and culture of the Maya Indians whose remains were excavated at Tipu, an archaeological site in the Maya Mountains near the Belize-Guatemala border in Central America.

Segments of The University of Southern Mississippi's Holiday Choral Spectacular will air on area television stations over the next week. Taped during live performances at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg earlier this month, the program features the outstanding Southern Miss choral programs and symphony orchestra and area high school choirs in a musical evening hosted by Dr. Rodney Bennett.

The University of Southern Mississippi Film Program will sponsor a Master Class in Screenwriting course under the direction of renowned writer David Sheffield January 2-14 (including Saturdays) from 6-10 p.m. at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Black Studies, in collaboration with the city of Hattiesburg, Hattiesburg Historic Downtown Association and the Hattiesburg Convention Commission will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer, when more than 1000 volunteers came to Mississippi from across the nation in 1964 to launch an unprecedented voter registration drive for African Americans.  

 

Jerry Holt, a 1983 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi’s photojournalism program and longtime member of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune photo staff, recently reflected on his coverage of the election of Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa.

Holt was part of a news team the Star-Tribune sent to South Africa to cover the historic event, in which non-whites were allowed for the first time to vote in a presidential election. Mandela, who died Dec. 5, is the icon of the country’s anti-apartheid movement and was imprisoned for 27 years on charges of attempting to overthrow the government.

Norbert Putnam, a bassist-producer who has had one of the most extraordinary careers in the history of popular music, has joined the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Mass Communication and Journalism as a distinguished lecturer in the school’s recording industry program.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre will broadcast the National Theatre of Great Britain's 50th anniversary event on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. The showing will be held in Tatum Theatre.

The Department of Dance at The University of Southern Mississippi will hold its Studio 115 Dance Concert Dec. 5-7 at 7:30 p.m., with an additional performance Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. Performances will be held in the Theatre and Dance Building, Studio 115. Admission is $5, check or cash only.

 

University of Southern Mississippi Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage interviews with Gulf Coast marine harvesters affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil (DWH) Spill are included in an initiative supported with funding by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Lt. Col. Joseph Worley, left, professor of military science at The University of Southern Mississippi, accepts one of the medals of Earl D. “Butch” Aull, who graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi in 1964 and completed its Army ROTC program, from Bud Alley, center,  and Tom Potter. Aull was killed in the Battle of Ia Drang in November of 1965, considered the first major battle of the Vietnam War involving ground forces.

Sounds of the season will reverberate throughout the sanctuary at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg as The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Holiday Choral Spectacular at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3 and Thursday, Dec. 5.

Ja’Marvae Lard, freshman vocal performance and music education double major, took home first place at the National Association of Teachers Singing Southern Region, an entity of the National Association of Teachers Singing (NATS).

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre continues as a venue for Britain’s illustrious National Theatre when it broadcasts Manchester International Festival’s electrifying production of Macbeth at Tatum Theatre Nov. 25-26 at 7 p.m. each night. 

After years of hard work and intensive study, seniors in the graphic design program at The University of Southern Mississippi will celebrate their accomplishments this week.

Dr. Robert M. Gates, who previously served as U.S. Secretary of Defense and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will be 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.