About University Forum

Six speakers. Six evenings that will change the way you think about the world.


University Forum and Southern Miss Tradition

Since 1974, the University Forum has been the premier speaker series at the University of Southern Mississippi. Sponsored by the Southern Miss Honors College with support from the Office of the President, University Forum has brought some of the most respected and innovative cultural, scientific, and artistic voices in the world to Southern Miss. Past speakers have included Stephen J. Gould, Gloria Steinem, Bryan Stevenson, Russell Means, Lilly Ledbetter, Susan Sontag, G. Gordon Liddy, Kurt Vonnegut, Barbara Ehrenreich, E.O. Wilson, Art Spiegelman, Antonin Scalia, Carl Bernstein, and Sebastian Junger. 


University Forum and Honors Forum

Any student enrolled at The University of Southern Mississippi can register for HON 321: Honors Forum, a class that enables students to earn one hour of credit for attending University Forum events and electives selected from a broad slate of scholarly and cultural events on campus and in the community. Students studying at the Chateau Program in France may earn Honors Forum credit by taking HON 321CA.

To learn more about Honors Forum and events that qualify for elective credit, visit the course page.


University Forum and Southern Miss’ Campus ReadUndocumented

In 2016, the University Forum partnered with Honors College and Luckyday Scholars to offer a first-year read to incoming students. Students read Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy during the summer, participated in small group discussions when they came to campus, and heard directly from Byran Stevenson during October’s University Forum.

This year, Honors College and Luckyday students will be joined by incoming students in the UNV and PASS scholars programs. Students participating in these first-year program will be reading Dan’el Padilla Peralta’s UndocumentedUndocumented tells the story of Peralta's odyssey from an undocumented and often homeless boy growing up in the streets of East Harlem to his acceptance at Princeton University. 

We invite everyone at Southern Miss to join us in making Undocumented a campus and community read. Information on October’s Forum will be posted shortly. 


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