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Dr. Andrew Wiest, Distinguished Professor of History at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), will be a guest speaker for a symposium Feb. 9 at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, titled "Guadalcanal: Turning Point in the Pacific.”

The 14th annual Richard McCarthy Lecture Series at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), continues Tuesday, Feb. 12 when associate professor of history Dr. Allison Abra presents “Those Very Gallant Women: Gender and Espionage in World War II Europe." Presented by USM’s Dale Center for the Study of War and Society, this program will be held at 6 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 101, on the Hattiesburg campus.

The theme for this year's McCarthy Lecture Series is “Spy Games: War & Espionage in the Twentieth Century." These events are free and open to the public.

“Spy Games: War and Espionage in the 20th Century” is the theme for the 14th annual Dale Center for the Study of War and Society’s Richard McCarthy Lecture Series, featuring a presentation by Dr. Jeremy Black Tuesday, Jan. 29 entitled “The World of James Bond: The Life and Times of 007.” This free event will be held at 6 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 108 on the Hattiesburg campus.

University of Southern Mississippi (USM) History Professor Dr. Andrew Haley will discuss his research into the world of Mississippi community cookbooks Jan. 30 when he presents “Cookbooks for a Cause” from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Hattiesburg Public Library. An admission charge of $10 reserves a seat for the program and supports Extra Table, a charitable initiative that provides resources for food banks in the Pine Belt.

“Do It For The Culture” is this year’s theme for observance of Black History Month 2019 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Hattiesburg campus, with programming featuring events designed to educate, enlighten and entertain throughout February.

Science Café on the Coast flies into its spring series with “Hurricane Hunters” on Monday, Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. at Margaret S. Sherry Memorial Library in Biloxi.

The head of the United Methodist Church (UMC) in Mississippi will serve as the keynote speaker for the 13th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Ecumenical and Multicultural Prayer Breakfast Monday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 a.m. in the ballroom of The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Opening the 2019 Spring semester, The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) English and Theatre programs will proudly host the 2019 Blaine Quarnstrom Playwright Series featuring playwright Robert Icke from Jan. 24 – 27.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Interior Design program‘s senior class will host its second annual Designer Showhouse open house celebration Thursday, Nov. 15 from 5 - 9 p.m. at 146 Wild Meadows in the Hattiesburg area’s Canebrake community. Live music will begin at 7 p.m.  Light hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be available, and tickets may be purchased in advance from Eventbrite, or at the door with a bank card.

The annual Miss University of Southern Mississippi Pageant, a qualifying event for the Miss Mississippi Pageant, will be held at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center (PAC) on the Hattiesburg campus Saturday, Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m., with doors opening at 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for students with identification, and $7 for non-students.

The University of Southern Mississippi presents The Visiting Artist Lecture featuring Kristen Tordella-Williams on Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. in the 3D Arts Building (2905 West 4th Street) on the Hattiesburg campus.

Members of The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC), the 432nd AFROTC Cadet Squadron, will participate in the annual 24-hour Veterans Day Vigil at Veterans Memorial Park, standing guard from Sunday, Nov. 11 beginning at 11 a.m. until 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12. Veterans Memorial Park is located at 399 Pine Street, at the entrance to historic downtown Hattiesburg.

A sure sign of the upcoming holiday season is the return of Songfest, the annual music celebration hosted by the Epsilon Delta chapter of Chi Omega Sorority at The University of Southern Mississippi. This year marks the 67th edition of the event, to be held at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus Thursday, Nov. 15, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

Examining how we view immigrants and what it means to be American citizen must include input from those who live in the Southeastern U.S., said Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Jose Antonio Vargas Oct. 23 at the final edition of the fall 2018 University Forum series at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM).

The final concert in the WUSM-88.5 FM Leaf River Fall Fests series, Harvest Fest, is set for Saturday, Oct. 27 at Hattiesburg’s Chain Park at Twin Forks. This free music event will bring rock, country and Texicana music to the Hub City beginning at 3 p.m. Admission is free.

The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach is hosting “The Gulf of America,” an art exhibit featuring the work of award-winning Bay St. Louis artist Herb Willey. Sixty original transparent watercolor paintings, set on the Gulf Coast, will be on display until Nov. 22. The community is invited to a reception Oct. 18 from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Gulf Coast Library. 

A century of student journalism will be recognized at The University of Southern Mississippi's (USM) 2018 Mass Communication and Journalism (MCJ) Symposium on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the university’s school newspaper, the Student Printz.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Human Rights and Civil Liberties will host a forum on immigration Tuesday, Oct. 2 from noon-1:30 p.m. in the Gonzales Auditorium of the Liberal Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free, and members of the University and local communities are invited.

Economic development specialists and those seeking to enhance their knowledge and skill set in the field converged on The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Hattiesburg campus Sept. 17-21 for the 25th edition of the True South Economic Development Course.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) will feature a showing of National Theatre Live’s (NTL) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Monday, Sept. 10. This special one-night movie event is set for 7:30 p.m. in the Martha R. Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi will have an opening reception of the Faculty Art & Design Show on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. in the Gallery of Art and Design, George Hurst Building on the Hattiesburg campus. The free, month-long exhibition will feature recent works created by the Art & Design faculty of Southern Miss.

Partners for the Arts recently announced Ron Hancock, alumnus of The University of Southern Mississippi, as chair for 2018-2019. Five recent board member additions were also announced.


WUSM FM-88.5 radio station at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) invites residents from the surrounding area and beyond to celebrate the vibrant culture of the Pine Belt region at the Leaf River Fall Fests at Chain Park in Hattiesburg, occurring the Saturdays of Sept. 8 and 29, and Oct. 6, 13 and 27. 

One of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Student Government Association’s premier community events is returning to downtown Hattiesburg for the first time since 2015, University and City of Hattiesburg officials announced on Wednesday.


With Front Street as the announcement’s backdrop, Student Government Association (SGA) President McKenna Stone announced the concert event will be held Saturday, Sept. 15, beginning at 3 p.m. and continuing into the evening.