Aug. 6, 2008
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
Author Rick Bragg to lead MUW’s Common Reading
COLUMBUS, Miss. - An appearance by Pulitzer
Prize-winning writer Rick
Bragg will highlight Welcome Week activities at
for Women, which kicks off Saturday, Aug. 9.
Bragg, who is professor of writing in the Department
of Journalism at
the University of Alabama, will be on campus Monday,
Aug. 11 as part of
MUW’s Common Reading Initiative (CRI).
“The project is designed to bring together the whole
campus-faculty, students and staff-around a common
book. The project shows that we, as a
university community, care about reading and
learning,” said Dr. Eric
Daffron, interim associate vice president for
academic affairs and
professor of English.
Bragg’s book, “`All Over but the Shoutin’” will be
the focus of this year’s CRI, which is in its second
year. According to a synopsis from
www.randomhouse.com, “`All Over but the Shoutin’ is
the moving account of one man's determination to
rewrite his family history and to carve out a life
for himself based on the strength of his mother's
encouragement and belief. Written with refreshing
honesty and marvelous humor, it paints an
unforgettable picture of the love and suffering that
lie at the heart of every family.”
The book is required reading of all freshmen and
will follow with round tables led by Bragg, faculty,
students and staff. Bragg will speak at 3 p.m. in
Nissan Auditorium of Parkinson Hall and sign books
at 5:30 p.m. in Hogarth Dining Center. The talk in
Nissan is free and open to the public.
Bragg will return to campus in October as part of
the Honors Forum.
Other events scheduled for Welcome Week include Move
In Day on Saturday; freshmen community service
projects and Freshmen Serenade on Tuesday, Aug. 12;
a social club/greek life ice cream social on
Wednesday, Aug. 13; mud volleyball on Friday Aug. 15
and much more.
Registration will be held Aug. 12 and day and
evening classes start Aug. 13.
For more information about classes, call the MUW
Office of Admission at
(662) 329-7106 or toll free 1-877-462-8439, ext.