University Forum


For more than forty years, the University Forum has been the premier lecture series at the University of Southern Mississippi. Sponsored by the Southern Miss Honors College with support from the Office of the President, since its founding in 1974, University Forum has brought some of the most respected and innovative cultural, scientific, and artistic voices in the world to Southern Miss.  Under the auspices of Forum, such speakers as Stephen J. Gould, Gloria Steinem, Russell Means, Susan Sontag, Kurt Vonnegut, E.O. Wilson, Art Spiegelman, and Carl Bernstein have visited Southern Miss.


2016-2017 Season

Neil Shubin is the Robert R. Bensley Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy at the University of Chicago and provost of the Field Museum of Natural History. He is a paleontologist evolutionary biologist and the former host of a PBS Emmy Award-winning series. In 2004, he and team of scientists discovered the 375-million-year-old remains of Tikaalik, a fish with limbs that demonstrates the evolutionary link between fish and land animals.

Join us on February 7 in the Thad Cochran Center Ballroom at 6:30 to hear about this impressive find! The event is free and open to everyone.

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