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Graphic Design Students Compete in Annual National Student Show and Conference

University of Southern Mississippi Department of Art and Design students Christopher A. Franklin Jr., Gabrielle H. Graham, and Harley Perdue were accepted to compete in the 14th annual National Student Show and Conference (NSSC) in Dallas, Texas. Other students from the department also attended the conference to view submitted artwork and support their classmates.

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Historian Uncovers New Information About Alleged Last American Slave

Sylvester Magee, who claimed to be the last surviving American slave at the time of his death in the early 1960s.

The life of Sylvester Magee has intrigued many over the past several decades and the man who claimed to be 130 years old at the time of his death was something of a national sensation. Though dozens of accounts have been written about him, not much is actually known about the man who claimed to be the last surviving American slave in the early 1960s.

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History Professor 2016 Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher of the Year

Dr. Westley Follett from the Department of History and the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus has been named the University’s Teacher of the Year by the Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC).

As this year’s celebrated humanities professor at Southern Miss, Dr. Follett will present a lecture on how the ideas of Francesco Petrarch, a late-medieval Italian poet and scholar, offer lessons on the value of the humanities for us today. His lecture is set for Nov. 17 at 4:30 p.m. in the Hardy Hall Ballroom on the Gulf Park campus, and will be followed by a reception. Faculty, students and community members are invited to attend.

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Southern Miss Annual Spring Pottery and Art Sale set for May 5-8

The University of Southern Mississippi Artist Guild will host its annual spring Pottery and Art Sale on the Hattiesburg campus in the 3D Arts Building, located at 2905 West 4th St. between Century Park North and the Pat Ferlise Ticket Office. The sale will begin Friday, May 6 from noon – 6 p.m. and continue Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 8 from noon-6 p.m.

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British National Debate Team Returns to Southern Miss Oct. 18

The British National Debate Team will return to The University of Southern Mississippi to take on the USM Speech and Debate Team in a friendly contest Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom 1. The event is open to the public.

As one of the most anticipated events of the year at Southern Miss, this is the fifth consecutive year two students from Great Britain have traveled to the United States to compete in debates against various collegiate teams across the country. Southern Miss is the only university in the state and one of a few in the southeast United States to host the British college students.

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Southern Miss History Professor to Share Findings in Beauvoir Veteran Research

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Arts and Letters will present the 2017 Moorman Lecture featuring 2015-2017 Moorman Professor Dr. Susannah Ural Monday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 101. Ural, who teaches history at Southern Miss, will present “The Challenges of War and Memory: Three Case Studies from the American Civil War.”

Ural will be joined by three other leading Civil War historians from the Gulf South, highlighting the strength of scholarship being produced in our region. Ural will specifically discuss “The Jefferson Davis Soldier Home: New Insights into Confederate Veteran Homes,” based on her research for The Beauvoir Veteran Project, which studies the Confederate veterans, wives and widows of the Jefferson Davis Soldier Home, in Biloxi, Miss. These findings are challenging historians’ current understanding of who lived in these homes, how they were run and how they were perceived in the American South.

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