FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 18, 2006
Contact: Joshua Hollis
Tennessee Williams Tribute hosts scholars at MUW
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Carrier Chapel, on the campus of
Mississippi University for Women, will host several scholars
of local celebrity playwright Tennessee Williams on Sept. 8
and 9, as part of the Tennessee Williams Tribute, which
begins Sept. 1. The scholars’ panel is sponsored by the
Mississippi Humanities Council and the Southern Women’s
Institute at MUW.
The presentations are free and open to the public and
provide a range of interesting topics connected to Tennessee
Williams’ life and work. >From audience members who consider
themselves Tennessee Williams experts to those who just
dabble in drama, almost everyone will enjoy hearing these
scholars’ insights and ideas. There have even been occasions
where a good-natured question and answer debate begins
between audience members and scholars following the formal
Among the presenters scheduled are Ruth Moon Kempher, a
widely published poet and owner of Kings Estate Press in St.
Augustine, Fla.; Dr. Milly S. Barranger, an Alumni
Distinguished Professor of Dramatic Art at The University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Dr. W. Kenneth Holditch,
founding editor of The Tennessee Williams Journal. Other
presenters include Nancy Lippincott Ashley, Margaret Bradham
Thorton, Dr. James M. DelPrince and Dr. Colby Kullman, who
will introduce the film “Baby Doll,” as part of the
Tennessee Williams Tribute Film Matinee.
Dr. Bridget Pieschel, Southern Women’s Institute director,
said, “I'm very excited about the nationally recognized
scholars who will be presenting at this year's panel, from
the editor of Tennessee Williams' notebooks to the author of
one of the most widely used texts in teaching theater, to an
expert in the dramatic symbolism of floral design. Their
presentations shouldn't be missed, since panels like this
one greatly enhance the general understanding of Tennessee
MUW is not just providing facilities to house the events;
it’s providing a workforce as well.
Richard Holden, MUW assistant professor of education, and
students in several of his classes designed and implemented
a new website for the Tennessee Williams Tribute. The
website can be found at
For more information about the Tennessee Williams Tribute,
please visit the website or call (662) 328-5413.
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.