Dale Lecture 2017
Dale Center Fellow Joshua Haynes Lucas Award Winner 2017
Dale Center Faculty Publications
12th McCarthy Lecture
Waging Peace Conference 2016
Dale Lecture 2017
Dale Center Fellow Joshua Haynes Lucas Award Winner 2017
Dale Center Faculty Publications
12th McCarthy Lecture
Waging Peace Conference 2016

War & Society?

War and Society, a field born out of the “new social history” movement of the 1970s, expands on the field of military history, with its traditional focus on leaders, strategy, and battle movements.  War & Society scholars look at war and the military “from the bottom up,” studying the consequences of conflict on communities, soldiers, non-combatants, societies, and cultures.  They also focus on how a historical society’s ideals and values influenced the makeup of its armed forces and the way it fought its wars.  The War & Society field grows stronger every year, as can be seen in the diversity of academic projects undertaken by the faculty and graduate students of the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society at Southern Miss.

 

 

Events

The Dale Center is pleased to announce that General David Petraeus (U.S. Army, Retired) will deliver the 2017 Lt. Col. John H. Dale Distinguished Lecture in International Security and Global Policy on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.  Petraeus will reflect on his strategy of the troop surge in Iraq, offer his analysis of its ultimate accomplishments in light of the current situation in the Middle East, and share his thoughts on the region’s future.  Taking place less than a year into a new U.S. presidential administration, Petraeus’s lecture, especially his remarks on the future of Iraq and its neighbors, will provide a timely complement to the new president’s international security strategy. The event will be held at the Saenger Theatre in downtown Hattiesburg. For additional information, click here

News

On Tuesday, April 11, 2017 the Dale Center, in conjunction with the University Forum, hosted the 12th Annual Richard McCarthy Lecture.  Award-winning war correspondent and documentary filmmaker, Sebastian Junger visited the Southern Miss campus. In his lecture, “Tribe: War Veterans," Junger spoke about the oftentimes challenging transition of returning soldiers and peace-corps members.  As soldiers serving in a unit, these men experienced intensive bonds within this small community, or tribe.  In contrast, civilians in modern societies often live alone in spread out suburbs without a deep-sense of community bonds.  Junger argues, “we have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding--"tribes." This tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society, but regaining it may be the key to our psychological survival.”