The History of University Forum
The University Forum began in September of 1974 as the Man, Science, and Society Lecture Series. This series was inspired by Kenneth Clark’s Civilization Series and has been associated with the Honors College from the start. The name was changed to The University Forum in fall 1978 but the mission has remained the same since the program’s inception; Forum has always sought to bring noteworthy, interesting, and inspirational individuals to the Southern Miss campus. Forum has always been dedicated to providing speakers who address the current issues of the day and provide valuable insight to those who join us for these inspiring talks. Forum has featured notable lecturers such as Gloria Steinem, Kurt Vonnegut, Bryan Stevenson, Russell Means, Lilly Ledbetter, Susan Sontag, Gordon G. Liddy, Antonin Scalia, Stan Lee, Carl Bernstein, and many more.
This list of Forum guests has been compiled using archived documents from the Honors College, The Student Printz, and the Southerner. Some details are incomplete, and we would love to know more about these gaps in our history.
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