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Posted Oct. 13, 2011

 

Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium at Mississippi University for Women Slated for October 20-22


Columbus, MS - This annual weekend in October, which honors the world-renowned alumna Eudora Welty, draws noted authors, journalists, scholars and artists to Mississippi
University for Women in Columbus, Miss. The event will feature author Judith Ortiz Cofer as the keynote speaker on Thursday Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Rent Auditorium, Whitfield Hall. She has published 12 books of essays, fiction, young adult fiction and poetry. There will be readings by 11 other writers including Sefi Atta, Jean W. Cash, Joy Castro, Ann Fisher-Wirth, alumna Minrose Gwin, Randall Horton, Pauline Kaldas, Michael Kardos, Michael F. Smith, Latha Viswanathan and John Jianqing Zheng. The Symposium is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.muw.edu/welty/index.html or call the MUW Department of Languages, Literature and Philosophy at (662) 329-7386.

 

Welty Gala at MUW, Oct. 21

Each fall Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Miss., hosts the Welty Gala on campus. This year's Gala will feature Sebastian Junger, internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of "The Perfect Storm," "A Death in Belmont" and "Fire." As a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and as a contributor to ABC News, he has covered major international stories in Liberia, Sierra Leone and other places around the globe. Junger's most recent book, "War," revolves around his time spent with a United States Army platoon in Afghanistan. The event will be held on campus in Pope Banquet Room of Hogarth Dining Center at 7 p.m. A book signing will follow. Tickets are sold at different levels and offer opportunities for attendees to enjoy a private reception with the guest speaker along with premium seating during dinner. Proceeds from the Gala benefit the endowment for the Eudora Welty Chair in Humanities. The Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation is a major sponsor of the Welty Series. For more information, call the Office of Development at (662) 329-7148.

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