February 2018





Kennard Marker Unveiling

Born June 12, 1927, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Clyde Kennard was a pioneer in the quest to desegregate higher education in Mississippi. From 1955 to 1959, Kennard made several attempts to enroll at Mississippi Southern College, now The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), but was denied entry by then college President William D. McCain and state and local officials. Although his efforts were obstructed, Kennard persisted until he was falsely accused and convicted of multiple crimes, then ultimately sentenced to seven years at Parchman Farm, now the Mississippi State Penitentiary. While there, he was diagnosed with cancer but was denied proper medical treatment until he was critically ill. Tragically, he died on July 4, 1963, at the age of 36.

On March 30, 2006, Kennard was declared innocent after subsequent investigations showed that he had been framed. To atone for its role in this injustice, USM, under the leadership of then President Aubrey K. Lucas, who had been the director of admissions in 1959, renamed the student services building in honor of Kennard in 1993. Later, USM established a scholarship program to continue Kennard's legacy and help students become future graduates of the University. 

Add to Calendar: Kennard Marker Unveiling 02/02/2018 09:30 PM 02/02/2018 11:00 AM America/ChicagoClyde Kennard Marker Unveiling  Kennard-Washington Hall Lawn, Southern Miss Hattiesburg Campus



Philosophical Fridays - Rachel Parsons

Rachel Parsons received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Princeton University in 2016. She received her J.D. (both in Civil and Common Law) from McGill Law School in 2004. She joined the Philosophy faculty at LSU in fall 2013.   

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Add to Calendar: Philosophical Fridays: Mass Incarceration 02/02/2018 02:00 PM 02/02/2018 02:00 PM America/ChicagoMass Incarceration & Origins of Race in America Philosophical Fridays Gonzales Auditorium, LAB 108, Southern Miss Hattiesburg Campus



Prism Concert

The All-South Honor Band weekend opener —The Prism Concert featuring numerous ensembles from the All-South.   

Add to Calendar: Prism Concert 02/03/2018 07:30 PM 02/03/2018 09:00 PM America/Chicago All-South Honor Band Prism Concert Mannoni Performing Arts Center, Southern Miss Hattiesburg Campus



Little Looty

Little Looty is an original tale about a mouse who goes from being a thief to a gentle-mouse. Clara Lombardi’s inspiring work combines voice actors, puppets, and a flute ensemble. After being premiered with great success in Italy, this work will have its American Debut at Southern Miss.

Add to Calendar: Little Looty 02/05/2018 07:30 PM 02/05/2018 9:00 PM America/ChicagoLittle LootySchool of Music Guest Artist SeriesMarsh Auditorium, Southern Miss Hattiesburg Campus



McCarthy Lecture Series: Ethridge

Dr. Robbie Ethridge, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Mississippi, received a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Georgia in 1996.  Her areas of expertise are historical anthropology and environmental anthropology, with a focus on the Indians of the Southern United States. She is the author of several other works, including From Chicaza to Chickasaw: The European Invasion and the Transformation of the Mississippian World, 1540–1717 with the University of North Carolina Press (2010), Mapping the Mississippian Shatter Zone: The Colonial Indian Slave Trade and Regional Instability in the American South with the University of Nebraska Press (2009), and Creek Country: The Creek Indians and Their World with the University of North Carolina Press (2003).

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Add to Calendar: Richard McCarthy Lecture: Ethridge 02/06/2018 06:00 PM 02/06/2018 8:00 PM America/Chicago Richard McCarthy Lecture Series Dr. Robbie Ethridge: Global Capital, Violence, and the Making of a Colonial Shatter Zone Liberal Arts Building 101, Southern Miss Hattiesburg Campus



Degrees of Inequality

Education lies at the center of the American Dream. Many Americans believe it provides the foundation for success. Research on education in the U.S., however, documents that mobility from education may be more elusive than many Americans believe. Not only do many Americans lack access to quality education, the institution may also serve to perpetuate inequalities. This series will explore the national and state level policies as well as interactions between students and teachers that have created a number of problems in our systems of education.

Spring 2018 Degrees of Inequality Schedule

Add to Calendar: Degrees of Inequality, Kari Kozlowski 02/06/2018 04:00 PM 02/06/2018 5:30 PM America/ChicagoHow Does Inequality at Home Affect Education? (Kari Kozlowski)Luckyday Foundation Room, Southern Miss Hattiesburg Campus



Les Malgre-Nous

Sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Add to Calendar: Les Malgré-Nous 02/06/2018 05:00 PM 02/06/2018 6:00 PM America/Chicago Les Malgré-Nous, presentation by Maddy Davis and Molly Schraeder Liberal Arts Building 102, Southern Miss Hattiesburg Campus



US Naval Brass Band

The United States Naval Academy Band’s Brass Quintet promotes brass chamber music through education and performance, and is a highly popular and versatile USNA Band ensemble. The Brass Quintet regularly lends musical support to Naval Academy functions, in addition to performing concerts and clinics, collaborating with composers in the commissioning of new works, and working on recording projects.

Enjoy a preview here! 

Add to Calendar: US Naval Academy Brass Quintet 02/07/2018 07:30 PM 02/07/2018 09:00 PMUnited States Naval Academy Band’s Brass Quintet America/ChicagoMannoni Performing Arts Center, Southern Miss Hattiesburg Campus



Michael Bunchman and Friends

Pianist Michael Bunchman maintains a fulfilling schedule as a collaborative pianist and chamber musician with both singers and instrumentalists throughout the United States. He currently serves as the director of the Collaborative Piano Program at USM. He will be joined by friends and colleagues Hsiaopei Lee, Jackie McIlwain, and Maryann Kyle.

Add to Calendar: Bunchman and Friends02/08/2018 07:30 PM 02/08/2018 09:00 PM America/Chicago Michael Bunchman and Friends! Collaborative Piano Concert Marsh Auditorium, Southern Miss Hattiesburg Campus


War & Society Roundtable: Cowles

About Fighting Over the Founders:

"As the nation’s founding moment, the American Revolution serves as a source of powerful founding myths, and remains the most accessible and most contested event in U.S. history: more than any other, it stands as a proxy for how Americans perceive the nation’s aspirations. Americans’ increased fascination with the Revolution over the past two decades represents more than interest in the past. It’s also a site to work out the present, and the future. What are we using the Revolution to debate?
"In Fighting over the Founders, Andrew M. Schocket explores how politicians, screenwriters, activists, biographers, jurists, museum professionals, and reenactors portray the American Revolution." - Amazon.com

Learn more about the War & Society Roundtable

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Add to Calendar: War and Society Roundtable: Cowles02/13/2018 06:00 PM 02/13/2018 7:30 PM America/Chicago Dennis Cowles discusses Fighting Over the Founders by Andrew SchockettWar and Society Roundtable: Cowles Liberal Arts Building 101, Southern Miss Hattiesburg Campus


 Transcribe-a-thonThe Digital Archives Research Group, the Department of English, and University Libraries are going to combine efforts to serve as a host site for the Douglass Day Transcribe-a-thon on the Freedmen’s Bureau Papers. This event will celebrate what would be Frederick Douglass’ 200th birthday and allow participants to work with over 1,000 colleagues across the nation to transcribe materials from the Freedmen’s Bureau documents. The session will include a live stream celebration, instructions for transcription, two transcription sessions, and a birthday cake, made by local fourteen-year-old baker, Jadyn Cunningham.

Add to Calendar: Transcribe-a-thon02/14/2018 11:00 AM 02/14/2018 02:00 PM America/ChicagoFrederick Douglass Transcribe-a-thon Cook Library 110, Southern Miss Hattiesburg Campus



McCarthy Lecture Series: Silverman

Dr. David J. Silverman, Professor of History at George Washington University, will discuss his new book Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native AmericaSilverman received his Ph.D. in history from Princeton University in 2000 and specializes in Native American, colonial American, and American racial history. He is the author of several other books, including: (co-authored with Julie A. Fisher) Ninigret, the Niantic and Narragansett Sachem: Diplomacy, War, and the Balance of Power in Seventeenth-Century New England and Indian Country from Cornell University Press, (2014); Red Brethren: The Brothertown and Stockbridge Indians and the Problem of Race in Early America with Cornell University Press (2011) and Faith and Boundaries: Colonists, Christianity, and Community among the Wampanoag Indians of Martha’s Vineyard, 1600–1871 with Cambridge University Press (2005). 

See the full Richard McCathy Lecture Series schedule

Add to Calendar: Richard McCarthy Lecture: Silverman02/15/2018 06:00 PM 02/15/2018 6:00 PM America/Chicago Richard McCarthy LectureDr. David Silverman: Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native America Liberal Arts Building 101, Southern Miss Hattiesburg Campus



Future Stars

Honoring the memory of William T. Gower, this annual concert celebrates winners of the annual competition in performance with the Symphony. The program also includes Death and Transfiguration by Richard Strauss. In this moving symphonic tone poem, Strauss makes the ultimate connection – life and death.  He musically depicts an artist in the throes of death, his pleasant lifelong memories, and ultimately the final transformation of his spirit.   

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Add to Calendar: Future Stars02/15/2018 07:30 PM 02/15/2018 10:00 PMFuture Stars America/ChicagoSouthern Miss Symphony Orchestra Bennett Auditorium, Southern Miss Hattiesburg Campus



Adrienne Wilson

A rare opportunity to observe/take tap classes with a guest artist Adrienne Wilson from Auburn University. Call 601.266.4994 for more information. Free and open to the public.  

Add to Calendar: Open Workshop with Adrienne Wilson 02/16/2018 01:00 PM 02/16/2018 02:30 PM America/Chicago Open Workshop with Adrienne Wilson Theatre and Dance Building 118, Southern Miss Hattiesburg Campus



Mardi Gras in Cajun Country

Dr. Carolyn Ware of Louisiana State University will present a talk on Courir de Mardi Gras, a traditional celebration of Fat Tuesday in many of the rural towns of Cajun Louisiana which is very different from what is seen in the French Quarter.

Add to Calendar: Mardi Gras in Rural LA 02/15/2018 12:15 PM 02/15/2018 01:00 PM America/Chicago Mardi Gras in Rural Louisiana Liberal Arts Building 104, Southern Miss Hattiesburg Campus



Chamber Singers

All are welcome to this free evening of music sponsored by Southern Miss Choral Activities

When you think music, think Southern Miss. 

Add to Calendar: Chamber Singers 02/18/2018 07:30 PM 02/18/2018 9:00 PM America/ChicagoChamber SingersSchool of Music Bay St. Presbyterian Church, 204 Short Bay Street, Hattiesburg



University Forum: Johnson

John Asher Johnson discovers exoplanets.

Along with his team at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, he has located three exoplanets, planets outside our solar system that orbit a sun, including the smallest identified to date. But when he is not searching the universe for new planets, Johnson is a leading advocate for diversity in the sciences.

In 2014, he established the Banneker and Aztlán Institute, "an ambitious new program meant to increase the number of black and Latino astronomers in the field and to ensure that they are equipped to grapple with the social forces they will face in their careers." (Smithsonian.com) Johnson will bring his story of challenging the lack of diversity in the sciences to Southern Miss when he speaks at the University Forum on February 20 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium. 

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Add to Calendar: University Forum: John Asher Johnson 02/20/2018 06:30 PM 02/20/2018 08:00 PM America/Chicago University Forum: John Asher Johnson "Recruiting the Culture of Science" Bennett Auditorium, Southern Miss Hattiesburg Campus



Davide Mariano

Italian organist Davide Mariano will inspire you with his keyboard virtuosity and musical interpretations.  Mariano was the first to obtain the Artist Diploma in organ from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. He holds a masters degree with distinction in both organ and harpsichord from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He recently presented an organ recital at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, and he has served as organist in residence for a year at the Sapporo Concert Hall in Japan. He is presently serving as young artist in residence at the St.  Louis Cathedral in New Orleans.  His performance will be held at the USM Marsh Auditorium on Tuesday, February 20, at 6:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.


Add to Calendar: Davide Mariano, organ 02/20/2018 06:00 PM 02/20/2018 07:30 PM America/Chicago Organ Recital: Davide Mariano, organ Marsh Auditorium, Southern Miss Hattiesburg Campus



Clyde Kennard Documentary

Alysia Burton Steele, Ji Hoon Heo and Bobby D. Steele Jr., in partnership with the Freedom50 Research Group, present: “Measure of Progress: The Clyde Kennard Story.”

The Clyde Kennard story is a unique, little known event of the modern civil rights movement that has had a lasting impact on higher education in the state. The short documentary on the Clyde Kennard case examines racial progress at the University of Southern Mississippi and within local communities. A panel of guest speakers, including the film’s producers and members of the Freedom50 Research Group, will be there for open dialogue with the audience. The Freedom50 Research Group consists of four faculty members from the University of Southern Mississippi: Dr. Sherita L. Johnson, Dr. Cheryl D. Jenkins, Dr. Rebecca Tuuri and Dr. Loren Saxton Coleman.

This event is free and open to the public, courtesy of the Southern Miss Center for Black Studies.

Add to Calendar: Measure of Progress: The Clyde Kennard Story 02/06/2018 06:00 PM 02/06/2018 08:00 PM America/Chicago Measure of Progress: The Clyde Kennard Story Lake Terrace Convention Center Documentary screening presented by Alysia Burton Steele, Ji Hoon Heo and Bobby D. Steele Jr. in partnership with the Freedom50 Research Group



You Can't Take It With You 

FEB. 22, 23, 24; MAR. 2, 3 at 7:30PM
MAR. 4 at 2PM
$14 public; $10 faculty, staff, seniors, military; $8 students (RESERVED SEATS) 

Tony, the attractive young son of the snobbish Kirby family, falls in love with Alice Sycamore, whose parents are free-thinking and modest. As these eccentric families meet over dinner on an improbable evening, it becomes clear that marriage is out of the question! One of America's happiest comedies, this play won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama (and the Oscar Award for Best Picture)!

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Add to Calendar: You Can't Take It With You 02/22/2018 07:30 PM 02/22/2018 9:30 PM America/Chicago You Can't Take It With You Tatum Theatre, Southern Miss Hattiesburg Campus



Magic of the Musical Stage

Opera and Musical Theatre are the two faces of the dramatic musical stage. In this delightful evening of highlights, you'll experience the best from both worlds. From opera arias by Puccini and musical theatre songs by Sondheim to full production numbers by the entire cast, this program features some of the best vocal talent anywhere in the country.

Add to Calendar: Magic of the Musical Stage02/22/2018 07:30 PM 02/22/2018 9:00 PM America/Chicago Magic of the Musical StageThe Southern Opera and Musical Theatre CompanyMannoni Performing Arts Center, Southern Miss Hattiesburg Campus



Three Short Plays Directed by Amanda Washington 

It will be a night of fast paced comedy, asking the question: if you had a second chance to have a do-over, would you take it? Watch as the actors endeavor to find that answer in these three short plays.

Add to Calendar: Three Short Plays by David Ives 02/26/2018 05:30 PM 02/26/2018 07:30 PM America/Chicago Three Short Plays by David Ives, Directed by Amanda Williams Woods Theatre, Southern Miss Hattiesburg Campus



McCarthy Lecture Series: Haynes

Dr. Joshua Haynes, Assistant Professor of Early American and Native American History at the University of Southern Mississippi and Fellow in the Dale Center, will give a talk entitled "Uncommon Ferocity: Patrolling the Creek-Georgia" based on his forthcoming book with the University of Georgia Press. Haynes received a Ph.D. in History from the University of Georgia in 2013 and is an ethnohistorian who focuses on themes of colonialism, violence, and state formation in early American and Native American history. His book Patrolling the Border: Theft and Violence on the Creek–Georgia Border, 1770–1796 is forthcoming with the University of Georgia Press.

See the full Richard McCathy Lecture Series schedule

Add to Calendar: Richard McCarthy Lecture: Haynes02/27/2018 06:00 PM 02/27/2018 8:00 PM America/Chicago Richard McCarthy Lecture Series Dr. Joshua Haynes: Uncommon Ferocity: Patrolling the Creek-Georgia Border Liberal Arts Building 101, Southern Miss Hattiesburg Campus



Considering Matthew Shepard

Grammy Award-winning Conspirare in Hattiesburg

Composed of soloists from around the country, the Austin-based, Grammy Award-winning and internationally recognized Conspirare will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28 in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg Campus. As part of a nation-wide tour, the ensemble presents Considering Matthew Shepard, composed by the group's founder and artistic director, Craig Hella Johnson.

Considering Matthew Shepard, is a three-part oratorio which debuted at number four on Billboard's Traditional Classical Chart, is an evocative and compassionate musical response to the murder of Matthew Shepard. The Washington Post calls the impact "immediate, profound and, at times, overwhelming." Conspirare debuted Considering Matthew Shepard in Austin in 2016, and presented the work at Boston Symphony Hall and Texas A&M in 2016-17. This performance is part of a national tour in observance of the 20th anniversary of Matthew Shepard's death.

Join us directly after the show for a panel discussion, The Legacy of Matthew Shepard, moderated by Eric Tribunella, Associate Professor of English, and featuring Rob Hill, State Director of Human Rights Campaign—Mississippi; Elizabeth Lentz-Hill, Associate Professor of Dance; and Craig Hella Johnson, Director and Conductor of Conspirare. 

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Add to Calendar: Considering Matthew Shepard 02/28/2018 07:30 PM 02/28/2018 9:00 PM America/ChicagoConsidering Matthew ShepardConspirareMannoni Auditorium, Southern Miss Hattiesburg Campus