March 11, 2009
Several free, public events are planned Thursday to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Mississippi University for Women.
The celebration begins at 1 p.m. in Rent Auditorium in Whitfield Hall on the MUW campus.
A birthday cake, made by MUW''s Culinary Arts Institute, will be served, with State Rep. Esther Harrison, a 2000 alumna, cutting the first piece.
A proclamation will be issued by Columbus Mayor Robert Smith, other officials will deliver greetings, and 125 blue and white balloons, representing each year of the university''s existence, will be released.
Those attending the ceremony are asked to dress in the colors of blue and white.
From 2-4:30 p.m., a symposium with Archivist Mona K. Vance and keynote speaker Dr. Amy Thompson McCandless will be held in the Nissan Auditorium of Parkinson Hall, on the MUW campus.
The archivist for the Billups-Garth Archives at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, Vance will speak on, "Fighting the Wave of Change: Cultural Transformation and Coeducation at the Mississippi University for Women, 1884-1982" and McCandless, dean of the graduate school, associate provost for research and professor of history at the College of Charleston, will speak on, "What''s In A Name?: Women''s Colleges, Past, Present and Future."
At 6 p.m. the Cora Norman Lecture Series, featuring Dr. Gemma Beckley, will be held in Nissan Auditorium.
Chair of the Rust College Department of Social Work, Beckley will give a lecture titled "Feminism and the Status of Women: An Evolving Paradigm in China, India, South Africa and the U.S. South."
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