Sept. 16, 2005
MUW’s Southern Women’s Institute to be dedicated Sept.
By Jill D. O’Bryant
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Mississippi University for Women’s
Southern Women’s Institute, which opened this fall as a
multidisciplinary center for the study of southern women
in both traditional and nontraditional roles, will be
dedicated Sept. 30.
The dedication, which is free and open to the public,
will take place at Orr Annex from 2-4 p.m.
"I'm very excited about the official opening of our new
Southern Women's Institute, and I'm very proud of our
new facility and the resources we can now provide to the
campus and the region,” said Dr. Bridget Pieschel,
professor of English and resident scholar for the
Institute. “I believe that this new Institute at MUW
sends a very positive signal to the state and region
about our university's significant past and its vibrant
The Institute, which will serve as a gathering place for
learning and research on women in areas of leadership,
health, art and business, also will become a repository
for southern women’s and MUW’s history.
In addition, the project will provide many programs and
services to the university, community and southern
region. There will be a variety of special speakers
scheduled throughout the year, leadership dinners for
MUW faculty and students, a community workshop series
and a state-wide Women’s Leadership Conference in the
spring held in partnership with the Mississippi Women in
Higher Education group.
Prize-winning North Carolina poet Ruth Moose, the
Institute’s first writer in residence, will be on campus
for the Welty Symposium October 13-15. She will stay
afterward in October to meet with faculty, students and
In spring and summer 2006, two visiting scholars will
provide expertise on various women’s issues, teach
classes, offer seminars and give presentations.
"As a fiction writer and as a former women's studies
professor, I am very excited about the Southern Women's
Institute and its many possibilities," said MUW
President Dr. Claudia A. Limbert. "I believe it will
serve as a great and much needed resource for
researchers and writers throughout the South."
The Southern Women’s Institute is funded by a $496,000
congressionally-directed grant received through the
assistance of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. The grant is
administered through the U.S. Department of Education.