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

Bryan Stevenson is a founder of the Equal Justice Initiative based in Montgomery, Alabama. His arguments before the Supreme Court in 2012 led to the end of mandatory life sentences for crimes committed by children. He is the author of the bestseller Just Mercy, winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction, and was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 1995 and the Olaf Palme Prize in 2000. Bryan Stevenson’s address to the Forum will make the case that retribution must be tempered with mercy.

Dr. Stevenson will continue the 2016-2017 University Forum season on October 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium at Southern Miss. The event is free and open to everyone.


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