How Art Participates in Life, Including Southern Race and Culture, Forms Theme of University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Forum Programming for Spring 2022, which kicks off Tuesday, February 8 at 6:30 p.m. with an online presentation by Dr. Sarah Lewis, acclaimed author and historian Technician and exhibition curator.
University Forum lectures and programs, offered by USM Honors College with the support of the USM Office of the President, are free and open to the public. Online access help updates for Dr. Lewis’ presentation can be found at usm.edu/forum.
Dr. Lewis is a faculty member in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University and the author of the widely acclaimed book The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery. She served on President Barack Obama’s Arts Policy Committee and was shortlisted for Oprah Winfrey’s “Strength List”, and is a critic at Yale University School of Art in the MFA program. As an active curator, she has held positions at the Tate Modern in London and the New York Museum of Modern Art.
Undergraduate Forum Director, Dr. Andrew Haley, said he is excited that this semester’s programming is dedicated to exploring the role of the arts in our lives and how artists, writers, and composers – past and present – use their creativity to explore the politics and culture of their own times.
“Two of our speakers are historians who will examine the role the arts have played in creating and challenging myths of white supremacy, and two of our innovators — author and composer — whose artistic accomplishments challenge rethinking the world and our responsibility for it,” Dr. Haley continued. “The Forum’s commitment to engaging important issues has never been more profound or timely.”
Following Lewis’ presentation, the university’s Spring 2022 conference schedule includes:
March 22 – Joyce Carol Oates, novelist, poet, playwright, essayist and recipient of the National Humanities Medal and National Book Award; 6:30 p.m., Bennett Hall, Hattiesburg Campus. The Oates Forum speech is jointly sponsored by the Miss South Book Center and its magazine Mississippi review.
April 12 – Dr. Karen Cox, a University of the South Pacific graduate and historian of Southern history and culture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; 6:30 p.m., Bennett Hall
April 19 – Xavier Foley, famous musician and composer who uses his art as a tool to help advance social justice; 6:30 p.m., Bennett Hall. Foley Forum title co-sponsored by the USM School of Music.
For over 40 years, the University Forum has been the premiere lecture series at USM. Sponsored by Southern Miss Honors College with the support of the Office of the President, since its founding in 1974, the University Forum has brought some of the world’s most respected and innovative cultural, scientific, and artistic voices to its Hattiesburg campus. Sponsored by the University Forum, speakers such as Stephen J. Gould, James Baldwin, Gloria Steinem, Russell Means, Susan Sontag, Kurt Vonnegut, E.O. Wilson, Art Spiegelman, Lily Ledbetter, Barbara Ehrenreich, Rick Bragg, Brian Stephenson, Karl Zar Bernstein and Miss Miss the South.
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