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, 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 Tenth Annual Richard McCarthy Lecture Series

Embedded: War and the Fourth Estate

                                                   Dan Rather in Vietnam 1966


Monday, September 22, 2014

“Reporting the Vietnam War”

 Dan Hallin, Ph.D., Professor of Communication, University of California, San Diego


Monday, September 29, 2014

"The General and the Journalists: Embedded Media, the 3rd Infantry Division, and Operation Iraqi Freedom”

Major General Buford “Buff” Blount, U.S. Army (Ret.), Former Commanding General, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized)


Monday, October 6, 2014

“‘What’s a Woman Doing Here?’ Dickey Chapelle, War Correspondent”

Heather Stur, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History and Fellow of the Dale Center, The University of Southern Mississippi


All talks begin at 6:00 pm in Room 101 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. Heather Stur at or (601) 266-4779.

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Past Lecture Series

  • Spring 2006: Civilians in Wartime
  • Spring 2007: On the Edge of Empires: War and Society in the Early Atlantic World
  • Spring 2008: War in the Pacific World”
  • Spring 2009: War in the Modern Middle East
  • Spring 2010: The Southern Way of War
  • Spring 2011: Victory Denied: Military Historians Examine Defeat
  • Fall 2011: Paradigm Shifts in the History of Warfare
  • Fall 2012: Rebuilding the Army After Vietnam
  • Fall 2013: "We Shall Defend our Island" The British Experience of the World Wars