Richard McCarthy Lecture Series

The Richard McCarthy Lecture Series was founded in 2006 through the generous support of Dr. Richard McCarthy and Dr. Craig Howard and is designed to bring together students, faculty, and community members to access cutting edge research in the field of War and Society. Over the years, the McCarthy Lecture Series has provided the campus and Hattiesburg communities a broad range of programming, ranging from a panel discussion led by veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to more academic programs including talks by leading historians of War and Society and Military History, such as Jeremy Black, Dennis Showalter, Gary Sheffield, Jeffrey Gray, Brian Linn, Wayne Lee, and John Lynn, just to name a few. The Richard McCarthy Lecture Series is central to the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society’s continuing community outreach efforts. 


The Thirteenth Annual Richard McCarthy Lecture Series

“’It is too furious’: Indigenous Warfare in Early North America”

All talks, which are free and open to the public, will begin at 6:00 pm on in the Liberal Arts Building, Room 101 on the Hattiesburg campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. Parking is free on campus after 5:00 pm.  For more information, please contact Dr. Joshua Haynes at or (601) 266-4333. 


Tuesday, February 6, 2018: Dr. Robbie Ethridge (Professor of Anthropology, University of Mississippi)

Topic: “Global Capital, Violence, and the Making of a Colonial Shatter Zone” 

Dr. Robbie Ethridge, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Mississippi, received a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Georgia in 1996.  Her areas of expertise are historical anthropology and environmental anthropology, with a focus on the Indians of the Southern United States.  She is the author of several other works, including From Chicaza to Chickasaw: The European Invasion and the Transformation of the Mississippian World, 1540–1717 with the University of North Carolina Press (2010), Mapping the Mississippian Shatter Zone: The Colonial Indian Slave Trade and Regional Instability in the American South with the University of Nebraska Press (2009), and Creek Country: The Creek Indians and Their World with the University of North Carolina Press (2003).


Thursday, February 15, 2018: Dr. David J. Silverman (Professor of History, George Washington University)

Topic: “Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native America” 

Dr. David J. Silverman, Professor of History at George Washington University, will discuss his new book Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native America. Silverman received his Ph.D. in history from Princeton University in 2000 and specializes in Native American, colonial American, and American racial history. He is the author of several other books, including: (co-authored with Julie A. Fisher) Ninigret, the Niantic and Narragansett Sachem: Diplomacy, War, and the Balance of Power in Seventeenth-Century New England and Indian Country from Cornell University Press, (2014); Red Brethren: The Brothertown and Stockbridge Indians and the Problem of Race in Early America with Cornell University Press (2011) and Faith and Boundaries: Colonists, Christianity, and Community among the Wampanoag Indians of Martha’s Vineyard, 1600–1871 with Cambridge University Press (2005).

Tuesday, February 27, 2018: Dr. Joshua Haynes (Assistant Professor of History and Dale Center Fellow, University of Southern Mississippi)

Topic: “Uncommon Ferocity: Patrolling the Creek-Georgia Border” 

Dr. Joshua Haynes, Assistant Professor of Early American and Native American History at the University of Southern Mississippi and Fellow in the Dale Center, will give a talk entitled "Uncommon Ferocity: Patrolling the Creek-Georgia" based on his forthcoming book with the University of Georgia Press. Haynes received a Ph.D. in History from the University of Georgia in 2013 and is an ethnohistorian who focuses on themes of colonialism, violence, and state formation in early American and Native American history. His book Patrolling the Border: Theft and Violence on the Creek–Georgia Border, 1770–1796 is forthcoming with the University of Georgia Press. 


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Past Lecture Series

  • Spring 2017:      "Tribe: War Veterans"
  • Fall 2016:           Pivot to Asia 
  • Spring 2015:      A Great War for Empire
  • Fall 2014:           Embedded: War and the Fourth Estate
  • Fall 2013:          "We Shall Defend our Island" The British Experience of the World Wars
  • Fall 2012:          Rebuilding the Army After Vietnam
  • Fall 2011:          Paradigm Shifts in the History of Warfare
  • Spring 2011:     Victory Denied: Military Historians Examine Defeat
  • Spring 2010:     The Southern Way of War
  • Spring 2009:     War in the Modern Middle East
  • Spring 2008:     War in the Pacific World”
  • Spring 2007:     On the Edge of Empires: War and Society in the Early Atlantic World
  • Spring 2006:     Civilians in Wartime