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USM Gulf Park Cultural Arts Series Begins Jan. 28

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The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus premieres its spring 2019 Cultural Arts Series, "Representing the Experiences of Women, From the English Renaissance to Right Now," on Monday, Jan. 28 at 5:30 p.m. with a pop-up art exhibition and gallery talk. This is the first of three events in the Cultural Arts Series.

The exhibition will feature works by Mississippi Gulf Coast artists Paulette Dove, Ellen Ellis Lee and Julia Reyes. Following the unveiling of the exhibition, USM professor Jennifer Torres, MFA, will present a 6 p.m. exhibition talk entitled “Women, Art, and Society.”

The spring programs will feature a pop-up art exhibition, theatrical performance, and a women in politics forum.

All events will be held at the USM Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Admission is free, and members of the University community and general public are invited to attend.

The spring 2019 Cultural Arts Series schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, Jan. 28, 5:30 p.m., Pop-up Art Exhibition, Fleming Education Center Reception Area
  • Monday, Feb. 25, 5:30 p.m., The Changeling, Fleming Education Center Auditorium

Atlanta-based Resurgens Theatre Company returns to the Gulf Park campus to present Rowley and Middleton’s The Changeling, an English Renaissance tragedy of profound contemporary relevance.

  • Monday, Mar. 25, 5:30 p.m., Women in Mississippi Politics, Hardy Hall Ballroom

A bi-partisan panel of female politicians from south Mississippi will reflect on their careers in local and state politics.

“The theme, ‘Representing the Experiences of Women, From the English Renaissance to Right Now,’ was prompted by the #MeToo movement and an unprecedented increase in the number of women who ran for—and were elected to—local, state, and national offices in the midterm elections of 2018,” said Dr. Christopher D. Foley, event organizer and assistant professor of English.

“In the midst of these important movements in gender politics and society more widely, we aim to foster community engagement and civil dialogue regarding the changing roles of women in society today. We hope the public will join us for the conversation.”

The Gulf Park Cultural Arts Series is made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information about the series, contact Dr. Allan Eickelmann, Cultural Arts Series committee chair and associate teaching professor, at allan.eickelmann@usm.edu.