September 30, 2016  

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University of Southern Mississippi history doctoral student Hayden McDaniel, center, and Stephanie Millet, transcriber/editor with the USM Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage, view a documentary based on oral histories from the center that focus on the U.S. civil rights movement. The center received a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2014 to digitize its civil rights oral histories, and held a reception April 12 at the Hattiesburg African American Military History Museum to celebrate its work on the project. McDaniel serves as project manager for the grant. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

The Connoisseur Series will present the American String Quartet April 18 at 8 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. Thanks to a grant from Partners for the Arts, the program is free and the public is invited.

 

The quartet is a professional string ensemble comprised of Peter Winograd, violin; Laurie Carney, violin; Daniel Avshalomov, viola; and Wolfram Koessel, cello. The American String Quartet will be on campus for a two-day residency, with master classes preceding their recital and a chamber music master class the following day.

University of Southern Mississippi student Lakelyn Taylor of Long Beach, Miss., has been awarded a Study Abroad Grant worth $1,000 from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi -- the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host Alysia Steele to discuss her recent book, “Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother’s Wisdom” at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21. Hosted by the School of Mass Communication and Journalism, Center for Black Studies and Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage, the open event will be held in Gonzales Auditorium in the Liberal Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

The highly successful McNair Scholars Program at The University of Southern Mississippi is saying farewell to a devoted advocate and hello to a new home as the program enters an exciting transitional phase.

The University of Southern Mississippi and the Gulf Coast community are invited to hear an eclectic arrangement of music pieces performed by pianist and Associate Professor Elizabeth Moak during a piano recital to be held on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

University of Southern Mississippi alumna Lamenda Hase was recently awarded the John K. Bettersworth Award from the Mississippi Historical Society. She was presented the award during the Mississippi Historical Society’s annual meeting held March 5 in Jackson. 

One of the most important collections of oral histories based on the civil rights movement is housed in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage (COHCH). Because of its significance, the Center was awarded a grant from the National Endowment of Humanities (NEH) in 2014 to digitize more than 425 of the interviews that spotlight a transformational period in Mississippi and American history.

South City Records and Southern Prohibition will host SCR Fest Saturday, April 9 at the Southern Prohibition Tap Room from 1-5 p.m. in downtown Hattiesburg. Presented by Turan Foley Chevrolet Cadillac Buick, the day includes live musical performances headlined by The Devil Music Co.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Jazz Lab Bands will perform their spring concert Monday, April 11 at the Thirsty Hippo in Hattiesburg. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., with the show set to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for general admission, and admission free to USM students and faculty with identification. The program will consist of works by John Clayton Jr., Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely and others.

How do art and war converge to reflect what it means to be “modern” in a given era? In the aftermath of the First World War, British men and women performed modern dances as a way to push the trauma of war to the past and craft Britain’s postwar identity.

Students from different areas of the arts at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a creative collaborative event Friday, April 8 to close the annual Student Show in the Gallery of Art and Design. “An Evening of Art, Music and Poetry” will feature the talents of students from the School of Music, Department of English and Department of Art and Design. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

The Connoisseur Series will feature Tromba Mundi on April 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The University of Southern Mississippi Percussion Ensemble will perform with special guest artist Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez at 8 p.m., on Monday, April 4 in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for General Admission, $5 for student-age, and free for students with an I.D.

World renowned flutists Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway offered special instruction to a master class of students at The University of Southern Mississippi on Tuesday, March 30. The Galways return for their third performance with the Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra as part of a special concert, set for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 31 in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra concert on March 31 headlined by two of the world’s premier flutists, Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway, will also feature three acting students from the Department of Theatre. They will join the orchestra on the first half of the concert by reading lines from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Faculty from the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi were recently nominated for recognition by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) for their artistic accomplishments in 2015. Winners will be announced at the 37th annual MIAL Awards Banquet on Saturday, June 11 at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson.

More than 100 works will be featured during the 2016 Annual Student Show set for March 23-April 8 at the Gallery of Art and Design on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi Steel Pan Orchestra (SoMiSPO) will perform with special guest artist Andy Narell on Tuesday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for student age, or free with student identification. The program will consist of Andy Narell’s music including tunes from his most recent album “Oui ma Chérie!”including songs Visibly Absent and One More Touch.

The subject of a University of Southern Mississippi professor’s book has been captured by a professional cartoonist who brings American history to life in the syndicated comic strip Flashbacks.

Renowned biblical scholar and translator Dr. Joel M. Hoffman will present the lecture “The Bible Doesn’t Say That” Monday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi International Center, room 101.

 

A book signing will follow Hoffman’s lecture, based on his recently published book by the same name. Hosted by the Department of Philosophy and Religion, this event is free and open to the public.

 

 

Allison Tharp, an English doctoral student at The University of Southern Mississippi, placed second in the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) Three-Minute Thesis (3MTÒ) competition held last month in Charlotte, N.C.

The University of Southern Mississippi Wind Ensemble will present a concert with the Symphonic Winds on Tuesday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

University of Southern Mississippi students Jaylen Hackett and JD Rimann have moved significantly closer to reaching historic academic milestones as the University’s newest finalists for the coveted Truman Scholarship.

 

Hackett, a political science/economics major from Mobile, Ala., and Rimann, a history/English/political science major from Red Rock, Texas, hope to follow in the footsteps of previous Southern Miss Truman scholars – Stephanie McCracken (2014), Brandon Hersey (2013), Marie Holowach Federer (2011) and Lance Brown (1999).