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Books by Arts & Letters Faculty

Arts & Letters is full of creative, engaged scholars and researchers.

Take a look at a few of the books published by our faculty.



Animal Hoarding. Puppy Mills.

Who Gets the Dog in a Divorce?

Billy Newman, Instructor of Paralegal Studies and Political Science discusses these and other pet-related legal issues on MPB's In Legal Terms. Listen to the podcast here.



Carl Billingsley Interview

We interviewed artist Carl Billingsley, creator of the wonderful red steel statue now installed in front of the International Center.

View the interview on our Video Blog.



Now at Mississippi Moments

The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party was organized in 1964 as an alternative to the then-all-white Mississippi Democratic Party. The MFDP, after holding a statewide election open to people of all colors, sent its delegates to the 1964 Democratic National Convention in an attempt to be recognized as the legitimate representatives of the State. Listen here.

"The spirit of rivers and streams becomes wise people." - Dōgen

Read the latest article by Daniel Capper (Philosophy & Religion): “The Trees, My Lungs: Self Psychology and the Natural World at an American Buddhist Center” in Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science.



Philosophical Fridays

• Friday, September 26

"The Physics and Metaphysics of Multiple Universes"

Neil Manson, University of Mississippi

• Friday, October 24

"Is There Natural Evidence for God's Existence?"

Stephen Evans, Baylor University

• Friday, November 14

"On Winning and Ranking in Sports"

Seth Bordner, University of Alabama


All talks are at 2 pm in Gonzales Auditorium (LAB 108) and are free and open to the public.


Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy & Religion with the support of the Mississippi Humanities Council.


Bob Press Studying African Asylum-Seekers in Europe

Bob Press, Associate Professor of Political Science, conducted initial research in Italy this summer on the massive African immigration underway to Italy/Europe, a process which has seen thousands drown in the Mediterranean in overcrowded, small boats attempting to claim political asylum.



This Fall in the Department of Theatre

• The Liar by Pierre Corneille

   October 2-12, 2014

• Top Girls by Caryl Churchill

   October 30-November 2

• The Wind in the Willows
   November 13-23

Click here to learn about this fall's Pre-Performance Talk Series with Chris Miles of Foreign Langauges and Literatures, Morgan Frank of English, and Eric Tribunella of English.



"That boy seems already oddly fond of you..."

An article by the English Department's Eric Tribunella has been selected as the best article published in children's literature in 2012 by the Children's Literature Association.

Read his article here:

"Between Boys: Edward Stevenson's Left to Themselves (1891) and the Birth of Gay Children's Literature"


Is Tipping Good for Restaurant Workers?

Andrew Haley recently contributed to San Francisco's KALW radio program, "Your Call." Dr. Haley, a professor of American cultural history at Southern Miss, discussed the history of tipping. Check out the interview here.


What Can You Do with a Degree in Art?

Jamie Spinello, a 2005 graduate of USM's Art & Design department, went on to get her MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute and now has a studio in Austin where she makes beautiful metal jewelry.

Visit Jamie's amazing Etsy shop.


Slavery by Another Name

Screening Monday, September 8 at the Hattiesburg Public Library as part of Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle. View the trailer below.

Like a Little Humor with Your Bassoon Music? Check out the Breaking Winds!

The Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet will be performing at Southern Miss on Tuesday, September 23 at 7:30 pm in Marsh Auditorium. Their concert is brought to you free of charge by the Connoisseurs Series at the School of Music.

ISIS, Russia and NATO Summit

Bob Pauly, Associate Dean of Arts & Letters, Gulf Coast campus, assessed the principal security threats the United States and its European allies face and recommended some prudent courses of action in response as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization convenes for a summit in Wales. Gulf Coast Mornings radio:  Segment 1, Segment 2

Fiction Reading by Mary Miller Wednesday, October 29, 7:30 pm, LAB 108

Mary Miller grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. Her collection of stories, Big World, was published in 2009 by Short Flight/Long Drive Books. A graduate of the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, she will return to Mississippi in the fall of 2014 to serve as the John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at Ole Miss. The Last Days of California is her first novel. She writes about stories at



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