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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
The first half of Exit 13: Oppression and Racism in Academia presents a case study of the University of Southern Mississippi. (The title refers to the I-59 exit leading to Hattiesburg.) Monte Piliawsky concentrates on the early 1970s, during part of which time he held an appointment in the Department of Political Science at USM. He portrays a university controlled by a bigoted administration and describes in great detail the arbitrary and decentralized authority exercised there. His depiction of the University's leadership reveals it as comical if insensitive at one extreme and viciously racist and vindictive on the other. USM is consistently characterized as lacking intellectual integrity and academic standards.
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