War & Society Roundtable

The War & Society Roundtable, a joint community and university monthly reading group, has been in existence since 2006.  Sponsored jointly by Southern Miss’s Dale Center for the Study of War and Society and the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal, and Forrest County, the Roundtable focuses on a different war and society book each month of the academic year.  A friendly but spirited discussion about the book is moderated by a History faculty member from Southern Miss.  The Roundtable is a great way for community members, faculty, and students to interact while exploring topics of mutual interest.  Copies of each month’s book—generously provided by the Friends of the Hattiesburg Library—are available for loan at the Hattiesburg Public Library well in advance of each meeting.  The Roundtable is free to the public and is generally held at 6pm on the second Tuesday of each month during the academic year.  See below for latest Roundtable schedule:



Villains & Scapegoats in Military History

All meetings will begin at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Hattiesburg Library, located at 329 Hardy Street.  Several copies of each book will be available for loan at the library before the discussion.  For more information, contact Sean Farrell at the Library at 601.584.3166 or Ken Swope at The University of Southern Mississippi at 601.266.6457 or Kenneth.Swope@usm.edu.  We hope to see you at our next meeting!

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  • Tuesday, January 13, 2015

          Book: Hitler's Army: Soldiers, Nazis, and the War in the Third Reich by Omer Bartov

                    (Oxford University Press, 1992).

          Moderator: Joel Bius, Ph.D. Candidate in History, University of Southern Mississippi


  • Tuesday, February 10, 2015

          Book: The Conquests of Alexander the Great by Waldemar Heckel (Cambridge University Press, 2008).

          Moderator: Miles Doleac, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Classics, University of Southern Mississippi


  • Tuesday, March 10, 2015

          Book: With Santa Anna in Texas: A Personal Narrative of the Revolution by José

                    (Texas A&M University Press, 1997).

          Moderator: John Mangipano, Ph.D. Student in History, University of Southern Mississippi


  • Tuesday, April 14, 2015

          Book: Kamikaze Diaries: Reflections of Japanese Student Soldiers by Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney

                    (University of Chicago Press, 2006).

          Moderator: Kenneth Swope, Ph.D., Professor of History, University of Southern Mississippi


  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015

          Book: Worlds of Arthur: Factions & Fictions of the Dark Ages by Guy Halsall (Oxford University Press, 2013).

          Moderator: Courtney Luckhardt Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History, University of Southern Mississippi


 Past Roundtables 


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