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, September 9, 2014

          Book: Custer Victorious: The Civil Battles of George Armstrong Custer by Gregory J.W. Urwin

             (University of Nebraska Press, 1990).

          Moderator: Allan Branstiter, Ph.D. Student in History, University of Southern Mississippi

          Synopsis: Describing Civil War engagements that George Armstrong Custer and his troop survived, Custer

             Victorious looks beyond the legendary defeat of Custer’s Last Stand in order to reveal a detailed account

             of Custer’s Civil War career.


  • Tuesday, October 14, 2014             

         Book: Through a Howling Wilderness: Benedict Arnold’s March to Quebec, 1775 by Thomas A. Desjardin (St.

           Martins Griffin, 2007).

        Moderator: Kyle F. Zelner, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, University of Southern Mississippi

        Synopsis: Before Benedict Arnold was branded a traitor, he led eleven hundred soldiers on a secret mission to

            seize British Quebec. Despite various hardships, the troops almost took Canada and ultimately weakened

            the British hand against George Washington.


  • Tuesday, November 18, 2014

          Book: Amazons of the Huk Rebellion: Gender, Sex, and Revolution in the Philippines by Vina A. Lanzona

              (University of Wisconsin Press, 2009).

           Moderator: Heather M. Stur, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, University of Southern Mississippi

           Synopsis: Women played a central role in the Huk rebellion, serving in various important military roles various

             military roles alongside their male comrades-in-arms. Additionally, in the midst of the uncertainty and

            violence, these women pursued personal lives.


  • Tuesday, December 9, 2014

          Holiday Social--Come prepared to munch, mingle, and mull over the questions: “What was the best War and

                Society book of the year?” and “What was the worst?”


 Past Roundtables 


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