Libraries' News, Events, Exhibits en 120 Lectures, Lore and Lessons: Mississippi at the Bicentennial University Libraries’ Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi is concluding its celebration of Mississippi’s Bicentennial with three lectures during the fall semester. The series, Lectures, Lore and Lessons: Mississippi at the Bicentennial, will begin in September with a lecture on Mississippi’s agricultural history, continue with Mississippi’s military history in October and conclude in November with a panel discussion about desegregation.

Cotton, Catfish and Cochran: Mississippi’s Place in US Agricultural Policy
September 14 at 6 p.m.
Cook Library’s Art Gallery
Presented by Joseph Weinberg

Weinberg will discuss the ways in which the agricultural interests of Mississippi have been influenced by the US Government and how, in turn, these interests have shaped US agricultural policy. Much of this relationship is defined by the legacy of powerful legislators such as John Stennis, Jamie Whitten, and now Thad Cochran. We will learn how their presence has impacted Mississippi and what the future holds for our state’s biggest industry.

Weinberg is originally from Asheville, North Carolina and spent five years working on Agriculture Policy for the U.S. House of Representatives. After a myriad of “agricultural adventures” at North Carolina State University, Weinberg received his PhD in International Relations from UNC-Chapel Hill and has been an assistant professor of political science at Southern Miss since 2012. His primary research interests are international agriculture trade policy and United States farm policy.

Camp Shelby at 100 Years
October 24 at 6 p.m.

Hattiesburg Public Library
Presented by Chad Daniels

Daniels will discuss the efforts to have Camp Shelby established in Forrest County and the support of the local area during the World Wars, the Vietnam War and the Global War on Terrorism.

Chad Daniels is the Museum Director of the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby. Camp Shelby, covering 136,000 acres, is the largest state-owned training cite in the nation. Established in 1917, during World War I, Camp Shelby serves as the training site for National Guardsman, Reservists, and active components from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines from throughout the country, hosting as many as 100,000 personnel annually. 

Massive Resistance in Mississippi, a Panel Discussion
November 16, 6 p.m.
Cook Library Art Gallery
Presented by:
Dr. Stephanie Rolph, Professor of History, Millsaps College
Jennifer Brannock, University Libraries’ Curator of Rare Books and Mississippi, Southern Miss
Olivia Moore, doctoral student in the Department of History, Southern Miss
Dr. Rebecca Tuuri, Assistant Professor of History, Southern Miss.

This panel will discuss the ways in which segregationists fought to silence the voices of civil rights activists in Mississippi. The speakers will look at organized groups, less formal resistance and the archival collections that document the backlash activists faced in the state.

Lectures, Lore and Lessons: Mississippi at the Bicentennial aims to present a multifaceted view of Mississippi’s first 200 years. To achieve its goals of bringing history to life, Special Collections has partnered with numerous individuals and entities at the University and in the Hattiesburg community. Partners include Camp Shelby’s Armed Forces Museum, the Hattiesburg Public Library, and the University department of History.

For additional information, contact Jennifer Brannock at or 601.266.4347. 

This official bicentennial project was made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council, through support from the Mississippi Development Authority.

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Osmo Visuri Watercolor Exhibit on Display at Gulf Coast Library The Southern Miss Gulf Coast Library presents a watercolor exhibit by the late Finnish artist Osmo Visuri. The exhibit will be on display on the third floor of the Gulf Coast Library from September 6 through November 30 with an opening reception on Thursday, September 21 from 4:30 – 6 p.m.

The collection is on loan from Mary Pyle of Gulfport, who met Visuri during his tenure as a professor at the University of Helsinki in 1988. Pyle was visiting Finland as a presidentially appointed member of the National Council on Vocational Education.

Visuri would later visit Pyle and her husband, Jack, at their home in Mississippi. During his visit, the artist and the couple attempted to find a place to exhibit his paintings. After an unsuccessful effort during his month-long stay, Visuri left his paintings with Pyle, where they remained until 2017. The pieces have been previously been displayed at William Carey College’s Tradition Campus and the Mary O’Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs.

A painter, photographer, filmmaker, author, professor and world traveler, Visuri travelled extensively in the Middle East and published several books on Israel when the state was being established after WWII. He is recognized as a television pioneer in Finland, serving as Head of Documentary Programs for Finnish National Television and as the Head of the Department of Television and Film at the University of Helsinki.

Visuri was also known in Italy, where he operated a watercolor studio, and in Israel, where he authored several books about the Biblical Parables. After retirement, Visuri continued teaching at his studio until his death in 2013. A respected citizen of Finland, Visuir received the Knight of the Order of the White Rose of Finland and the distinguished Kalevala cultural medal.

For more information, contact Betty Shaw the Gulf Coast Library at 228.214.3456 or email

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Measuring Research Impact Using Library Tools University Libraries is offering a workshop for faculty that provides an overview of how to use library tools for citation analysis as well as other resources for building a great dossier. Tracy Englert, Science and Technology Librarian will walk you through how to use library resources for citation analysis as well as other resources that will help you build your dossier in a way that effectively demonstrate the impact of your work

Participants will leave with an understanding of how to locate metrics including Journal Impact Factors, h-index, Eigenfactor and more, and will also gain an appreciation for the limitations of publication metrics and the varied suitability of different metrics for different academic fields and different types of publications. In addition, a brief overview of scholarly identification systems such as ORCID, ResearcherID and the International Standard Name Identifier will be presented.

The workshop will take place on August 31 from 3 – 4 p.m. in Cook Library room 110. This workshop will be helpful for faculty members in all disciplines. For more information, contact Tracy Englert at 601.266.6396 or To register, click here

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Grave Concerns: Cooking, Conservation, and the Tchula Garden Club Join food and cookbook enthusiasts on Wednesday, September 20 for Grave Concerns: Cooking, Conservation, and the Tchula Garden Club, presented by Andrew P. Haley, Associate Professor in the Department of History. Refreshments will begin at 6 p.m. with the lecture to follow at 6:30 p.m. in Cook Library room 123. 

Haley, a Southern Miss food historian, considers how an award-winning effort by the women of Tchula expanded and challenged conservation programs in the Mississippi Delta led by men and federal agencies. 

Potluck refreshments will feature recipes from the Tchula Garden Club Cook Book. The public is invited to attend and encouraged to prepare a recipe from the cookbook, which is available online

For more information, contact Jennifer Brannock at Jennifer.Brannock@usm.eduor 601.266.4347. 

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Golden Eagle Textbook Initiative University Libraries at Southern Miss will roll out the Golden Eagle Textbook Initiative (GETI) at Cook Library for the start of the fall semester. GETI allows students to check out general education curriculum textbooks for up to three hours at a time.

The purpose of GETI is to allow students to have a back-up plan while securing financial aid or additional funding to purchase their textbooks. This initiative is not intended to take the place of students purchasing textbooks.

“The price of textbooks have been on the rise for many years. My hope is that GETI will be a way for students to stay on top of their coursework while navigating the financial responsibilities of higher education,” says Sarah Mangrum, Access Services Librarian.

Students can visit the circulation desk in Cook Library to find their textbook. For a list of general education curriculum courses, click here.  For more information on this initiative, contact Sarah Mangrum, Cook Library Access Services Librarian, at 601.266.4251 or or Jennifer Culley, Acquisitions Librarian, at 601.266.6209 or

This initiative was made possible by University Libraries and a grant from the Southern Miss Fund. 

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