War and Society Roundtable series will focus on scapegoats and villains

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WLOX) - The Dale Center for the Study of War and Society at the University of Southern Mississippi will host the first roundtable discussion of the fall semester Tuesday, September 9 at 6 p.m.

The War and Society Roundtable focuses on a different war and society book each month of the academic year. It provides community members, faculty, and students an opportunity to interact while exploring topics of mutual interest. The discussions are held at the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County, and the events are open to the public.

A history faculty member from Southern Miss moderates a friendly, but spirited, discussion about the book. Copies of each month's book are provided by the Friends of the Hattiesburg Library, and are available for loan at the Hattiesburg Public Library well in advance of each meeting.

The first book to be discussed is "Custer Victorious: The Civil Battles of George Armstrong Custer" by George J.W. Urwin. The book describes Civil War engagements that George Armstrong Custer and his troops survived. It also offers a look beyond the legendary defeat of Custer's Last Stand in order to reveal a detailed account.

The second Roundtable will feature, "Through a Howling Wilderness: Benedict Arnold's March to Quebec, 1775" by Thomas A. Desjardin. Before Benedict Arnold was branded a traitor, he led 1,100 soldiers on a secret mission to seize British Quebec. Despite many hardships, the troops almost took Canada and ultimately weakened the British hand against George Washington. It will take place on October 14, 2014 at 6 p.m.

The final discussion of the series is, "Amazons of the Huk Rebellion: Gender, Sex and Revolution in the Philippines" by Vina A. Lanzona. Women played a central role in the Huk rebellion, serving in various important military roles alongside their male comrades-in-arms. These women even pursued personal lives in the midst of the uncertainty and violence. This Roundtable will be held November 18, 2014 at 6 p.m.

On December 9, 2014 at 6 p.m., there will be a holiday social where guests can enjoy food and mingle while discussing which book was the best and which was the worst.

The Roundtable is a joint community and university monthly reading group and has been in existence since 2006. The talks are sponsored jointly by the Dale Center and the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County.

For more information about the War and Society Roundtable Series, contact the Department of History by calling 601-266-4333 or visit www.usm.edu/history.

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