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The University of Southern Mississippi will join with the University of South Alabama in co-hosting the annual Gulf Coast Therapeutic Recreation Symposium April 5-6 at the historic Hattiesburg Train Depot. This event is also supported by the city of Hattiesburg Department of Parks and Recreation.

Children’s literature author and artist Dav Pilkey will share his work with students attending Hattiesburg elementary schools April 11-13, when he is honored during the 51st annual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at The University of Southern Mississippi. The event is presented by the Southern Miss School of Library and Information Sciences.

EDITOR'S NOTE: New York Times best-selling author Angie Thomas’ University Forum presentation, scheduled for tonight, March 6, has been cancelled. Thomas informed Forum organizers this morning that she would not be able to attend due to illness. Forum organizers will work to reschedule Thomas’ presentation for a future date. 

 

How she employs the written word to inform action for social justice will be among the topics author Angie Thomas discusses in her talk, “The Hate U Give: Finding Your Activism,” at the Tuesday, March 6 University Forum at The University of Southern Mississippi. Presented by the Southern Miss Honors College, this program will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus, and admission is free.

Acclaimed author Wil Haygood said finding a story like the one he made into New York Times bestseller “The Butler: A Witness to History,” is the kind “a journalist is fortunate to land.”

The book, which was the basis for the 2013 award winning film “The Butler,” is based on the story of relatively unknown African-American White House butler Eugene Allen, who served in the White House from the presidential administration of Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. Haygood discussed the making of the book and more as the featured speaker at Southern Miss Feb. 27 for the school’s 25th annual Armstrong-Branch Lecture.

The spring 2018 Day of Sharing for Teachers of the Gifted will be held Friday, March 9 on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi. Sponsored by Southern Miss’s Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies, this event is designed to educate teachers on current curriculum and instructional issues in gifted education.

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, in partnership with the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi, have announced the winners of the 32nd annual Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. Each year a writer and an illustrator are recognized early in their careers for their outstanding work.

Harvard University astronomy professor John Asher Johnson is expanding not only the knowledge base about our university, but also opportunities for more people to contribute to that endeavor.

Johnson - internationally recognized both for his talents as a research pioneer in his field and leading advocate for diversity in the sciences - will be the first speaker for the spring 2018 University Forum series at The University of Southern Mississippi. He will present “Recruiting the Culture of Science” Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Bennett Auditorium on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. This event is free and open to the public.

University of Southern Mississippi faculty, staff, students and alumni will make nearly half of the presentations at the annual conference this year for the Mississippi chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

The ‘Greatest Show on Dirt’ is returning to Hattiesburg Feb. 16-17 for the 33rd annual Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo. The Department of Recreational Sports at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the event at the James Lynn Cartlidge Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center on Highway 49 South, starting at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m.

John Little has been there himself.

“I grew up a (University of North Dakota) Fighting Sioux fan,” says Little, 30, the co-director of a documentary about the appropriation of Native American names and images by sports teams. The film, “More Than a Word,” was screened Jan. 30 at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Comprised of soloists from around the country, the Austin (Texas)-based, Grammy Award-winning and internationally recognized Conspirare will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg Campus.

 

As the southern-most stop on its nationwide tour, the ensemble presents, Considering Matthew Shepard, composed by the group’s founder and artistic director, Craig Hella Johnson.

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development (CCCD) at The University of Southern Mississippi will hold its annual TCC Classic I CAN! Run Saturday, Feb. 17, with the race beginning at 9 a.m. and starting and ending at Pride Field on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. Race-day registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

The creative bent of Pine Belt artisans and do-it-yourselfers will be on display Saturday, Feb. 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the inaugural Hattiesburg ‘Mini-Maker Faire,’ to be held at the historic Hattiesburg Train Depot. Presented by Hub City Makers, the event will be co-sponsored by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) and School of Computing, Cooperative Energy, Makezine.com, Mississippi Defense Diversification Initiative, Multicraft and Chemours.

The important contributions of African-Americans to The University of Southern Mississippi and U.S. history and culture will be observed at Southern Miss during Black History Month, beginning Feb. 2 and incorporating the theme “Black Excellence.”

They didn’t engage the enemy on the battlefield, but many of the loved ones left behind by soldiers serving in the Vietnam War were wounded emotionally by the conflict.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) brought together top safety and security industry leaders representing intercollegiate athletics, as well as commercial sport and entertainment facilities, Jan. 15-19 at the Grande Lakes Orlando in Florida for the National Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Summit. The event was followed by the Commercial Sport and Entertainment Facilities Safety and Security Summit Jan. 17-19.

Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services and The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Athletics are partnering to present a program on the school’s Hattiesburg campus designed to raise awareness of the dangers of opioid addiction among young adults.

The Mu Gamma Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will present the 12th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ecumenical and Multicultural Prayer Breakfast Monday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 a.m. in the ballroom of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center at its Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free.

The University of Southern Mississippi's Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is planning to host a celebration during the fall 2018 semester to mark the 25th anniversary of its Master of Arts in the Teaching of Languages (MATL) program. Dr. Katie Angus, an assistant professor of French, is in the process of locating program graduates to invite them to the event.

The Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi will hold its Parenting Gifted Children Workshop Series Jan. 27, Feb. 3 and Feb. 10. The free workshops are from 10-11 a.m. in room 204 of the J.B. George Building on the Hattiesburg campus. This workshop series coincides with the center’s Saturday Gifted Studies Program.

University of Mississippi Blues Curator, Greg Johnson, will deliver a multimedia presentation on the history of music in Mississippi in the final event in the series, “Lectures, Lore and Lessons: Mississippi at the Bicentennial,” Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Blu Jazz Café in downtown Hattiesburg. The series is presented by Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi recently announced that the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award has tripled the winners’ prizes to $3,000.

In keeping with the spirit of the season of giving, The University of Southern Mississippi Student Government Association (SGA) has designated the Hattiesburg Salvation Army’s Boys & Girls Club as the beneficiary of its annual Lighting the Way for the Holidays charity fundraiser. The event is set for 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 at the south lawn of the Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

The longest-running Greek Life philanthropic event at The University of Southern Mississippi and a local holiday season favorite will be held Friday, Nov. 17 from 5-7:30 p.m. when USM’s Epsilon Delta chapter of Chi Omega Sorority hosts Songfest at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus.