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Mississippi Philological Association

Annual Meeting

February 12-13, 2016

The Department of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy at Mississippi University for Women will host the annual meeting of the Mississippi Philological Association February 12-13, 2016.


Conference Program


Plenary Speaker

On Friday evening, February 12, the conference plenary lecture will be given by Robert Luckett, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Margaret Walker Center for the Study of the African-American Experience at Jackson State University, which in 2015 is hosting a year-long series of events celebrating Walker’s centennial year.  Luckett will discuss Walker’s influence on the Black Arts Movement.  He is the author of Joe T. Patterson and the White South's Dilemma: Evolving Resistance to Black Advancement (2015).  His research has also appeared in The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi (2013) and numerous journal articles, and he has appeared in documentaries on the civil rights movement, including An Ordinary Hero and the Independent Lens selection Spies of Mississippi.


Registration fees are as follows:


by January 19: $50
after January 19: $65


by January 19: $25
after January 19: $40

Please use the registration form, make checks payable to MUW Foundation (with MUW MPA Conference 2016 on the memo line), and mail to

Kim Whitehead
Department of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy, W-1634
Mississippi University for Women
1100 College Street
Columbus, MS 39701

Receipts for registration will be available at the conference.

Wine and Hors D'oeuvres Reception / Banquet

On Friday evening, the conference will host a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception and banquet before the plenary session.

The cost is $22 and may be paid in advance (combined with your registration) or on site. If you plan to pay for the reception/banquet after arrival, please e-mail Kim Whitehead (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by February 1 to add your reservation.

A vegetarian option is available, and other dietary needs can be met upon request. Please state any dietary needs as indicated on the registration form.


The conference hotel is Hyatt Place - Columbus.  The conference rate is $89 double and $94 single.  To receive the conference rate, use the code G-MPAC and book your room by January 17.

The Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau also offers a complete list of hotels in the Columbus area.  

Dining and Attractions

Columbus dining offers a wide range of choices, from Thai cuisine to barbecue.  See the full list of restaurants and attractions provided by the Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau.


The W is located in historic Downtown Columbus. Our address (for GPS directions) is 1100 College Street, Columbus, MS 39701.