Richard McCarthy Lecture Series

The Richard McCarthy Lecture Series was founded in 2006 through the generous support of Dr. Richard McCarthy and Dr. Craig Howard and is designed to bring together students, faculty, and community members to access cutting edge research in the field of War and Society.  Over the years, the McCarthy Lecture Series has provided the campus and Hattiesburg communities a broad range of programming, ranging from a panel discussion led by veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to more academic programs including talks by leading historians of War and Society and Military History, such as Jeremy Black, Dennis Showalter, Gary Sheffield, Jeffrey Gray, Brian Linn, Wayne Lee, and John Lynn, just to name a few.  The Richard McCarthy Lecture Series is central to the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society’s continuing community outreach efforts.


The Eleventh Richard McCarthy Lecture Series

"Pivot to Asia"

*more information on the series will be available in August

Statue of Sun Tzu



August 25, 2015

Speaker: Professor Peter Lorge (Vanderbilt University)

Topic: “Sunzi’s (Sun-tzu’s) Art of War: What We Think it Means & What the Chinese Think It Means”


September 1, 2015

Speaker: Professor Pingchao Zhu (University of Idaho)

Topic: “China’s Romance of the Korean War: Heroism, Sacrifice, and Political Propaganda”


September 8, 2015

Speaker: Professor Kenneth Swope (University of Southern Mississippi)

Topic: “From the Clutches of Bandits into the Mouths of Tigers: Ordinary People in the Ming-Qing Transition in China”


September 15, 2015

Speaker: Colonel Wayde Benson (USMC, ret.)

Topic: “Vietnam: A War in Search of a Strategy”


  • All talks will begin at 6:00 pm in Room 102 of the Liberal Arts Building of the Hattiesburg campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. Parking is free on campus after 5:00 pm.  For more information, please contact Dr. Kenneth Swope at or (601) 266-4333.


Past Lecture Series