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Richard Rubin at Caught in the Creative Act

Author Richard Rubin spoke Wednesday night in the Gambrell Hall Auditorium about his book “Confederacy of Silence: A True Tale of the New Old South.” Rubin’s work is a personal memoir about the year he spent living and working as a newspaper reporter in the rural Mississippi Delta. Rubin is also known as a prolific writer of short stories, essays and articles, including the acclaimed “The Ghosts of Emmett Till,” an article that ran in the New York Times Magazine in 2005. The event was part of the College of Arts and Sciences’s “Caught in the Creative Act” series. On Monday, a lecture will be held on famed New York Times columnist and author Gail Collins’s new book “When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present.” The series will conclude Wednesday with Collins’s visit to the campus to speak about the work. Both events will be held in the Gambrell Hall Auditorium from 6 to 7 p.m.

Search for law dean down to three candidates

USC has whittled down its candidates for the law school dean to three. The finalists for the position include:­— Stephen W. Mazza, the interim dean of the University of Kansas School of Law.— Susan M. Richey, the associate dean at the University of New Hampshire School of Law.— Robert M. Wilcox, the associate dean for Academic Affairs here at USC. Eliminated from contention were David S. Caudill and Scott N. Schools. The three candidates will soon return for another visit, said Charles Bierbauer, head of the search committee and dean of the College of Mass Communication and Information Studies. Bierbauer’s search committee previously reviewed 30 applicants and selected five top candidates, who came for a campus visit earlier this semester. The new dean will replace Walter “Jack” Pratt, who leaves at the end of this academic year. The new dean will take over a school that has struggled in recent years with a deteriorating building and a lack of leadership and vision. Those concerns were highlighted in a national report last year, and the school dropped out of national rankings.