September 22, 2013 12:11:04 AM
Mississippi University for Women in Columbus will host the Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium Oct. 24-26. This annual event, which honors the world-renowned alumna Eudora Welty, draws noted authors, journalists, scholars and artists to The W. This year's Symposium theme is "'Alive as Ever, on the Brink of Oblivion': Southern Writers in the Eye of the Storm." Ellen Gilchrist, long considered a major voice in Southern literature, will be the keynote speaker.
Other authors participating in the Symposium include Steven Barthelme, Mitchell L.H. Douglas, Holly Goddard Jones, Cary Holladay, L. Lamar Wilson, Elizabeth Hughey, Steven Yates, Stephanie Powell Watts, Adam Vines, Stephen Fuller and The W's own Michael Farris Smith. For more information, visit muw.edu/welty or contact director Kendall Dunkelberg at 662-329-7386.
Each fall MUW hosts the Welty Gala on campus. The featured speaker will be Po Bronson, author of "Why Do I Love These People?" and "What Should I Do With My Life?" 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. For more information, call the Office of Alumni & Development at 662-329-7148.