Legendary Journalist and War Correspondent Dan Rather to Deliver 2019 Lt. Col. John H. Dale Sr. Distinguished Lecture

The Dale Center for the Study of War & Society at the University of Southern Mississippi is pleased to announce that legendary journalist and war correspondent Dan Rather will deliver the 2019 Lt. Col. John H. Dale Sr. Distinguished Lecture in International Security and Global Policy on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, at 7 p.m.

The event will be held at the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown Hattiesburg and is free and open to the public.

Rather will reflect on:

  • His experiences covering conflicts from the Vietnam War through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Lessons learned from more than a half-century of reporting on war
  • The ideals that have united Americans during wartime and in moments of political polarization

The Lt. Col. John H. Dale Sr. Distinguished Lecture Series in International Security and Global Policy honors the late Lt. Col. John H. Dale, Sr., a career U.S. Army Officer who served in World War II and the Korean War and earned the Bronze Star. Lt. Col. Dale held a graduate degree from Southern Miss and later served as professor of military studies for the University’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program.

The lecture series is made possible through a generous donation by Southern Miss alumna Dr. Beverly Dale, in honor of her late father.

Previous speakers in the series include:

  • General David H. Petraeus, U.S. Army, Retired (2017)
  • Dr. Robert M. Gates, Former Secretary of Defense, CIA Director (2014)
  • Madeleine Albright, Former Secretary of State (2010)
  • Wyche Fowler, former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (2008)

Additional Information on Dan Rather:

Dan Rather’s award-winning career as a journalist spans more than sixty years, during which time he covered pivotal events in U.S. and world history. Reporting on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, Watergate, Tiananmen Square, the fall of the Berlin Wall, 9/11, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Rather earned a reputation as “the hardest working man in broadcast journalism” for simultaneously heading up CBS Evening News, 48 Hours, and 60 Minutes. He has earned nearly every journalism honor, including numerous Emmy and Peabody awards and the 2012 Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award.

Rather is currently the president and CEO of News and Guts, an independent multimedia production company, and he makes regular television appearances, offers innovative reporting using Facebook Live, and maintains a much-followed Twitter feed. In January of 2018, he premiered The News with Dan Rather on the Young Turks Network, an online media outlet. The weekly show focuses on original reporting and stories that Rather feels are not receiving the attention they deserve in the mainstream media.

Also an author, Rather has penned What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism, a best-selling book of original essays that takes on the polarized nature of contemporary American politics and offers a hopeful reminder of the core ideals that all Americans share. The essays incorporate Rather’s decades of experience as a living witness to history, covering the biggest events and news stories of the late-20th and early-21st centuries.

To learn more about the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society, call 601.266.5563 or visit


Written by University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites in central and southern Mississippi, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 130 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education’s "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity” designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and sport venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 40 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 36 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 24 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit


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