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

Juliette Kayyem is a former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, a Pulitzer Prize nominee, and a leading security analyst. In 2010, she worked closely with state and local governments to coordinate the response to BP “Deepwater Horizon” oil spill and this year she published Security Mom, a plea for common-sense responses to the security challenges facing every American in an era of global terrorism. She will be speaking a week after the presidential election and her talk will focus on the shifting demands of homeland security.

Ms. Kayyem will conclude the fall portion of the 2016-2017 University Forum season on November 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Ballrooms at Southern Miss. The event is free and open to everyone.


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