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

In 2003, Vikki Bynum, who traces her roots to southern Mississippi, published a definitive account of the Jones County, Mississippi, revolt against the Confederacy. Last summer, her book was made into a movie starring Matthew McConaughey as the rebellion’s leader, Newt Knight. In her talk, Dr. Victoria Bynum will examine the legacy of Knight’s rebellion and the racial politics that have shaped our memory of the past from the Civil War to our own times.

Dr. Bynum will open the 2016-2017 University Forum season on September 13 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium at Southern Miss. A book signing will follow the forum. The event is free and open to everyone.


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