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COLUMBUS, Miss. – Elaine Brightman, a senior English major in the Gordy Honors College at Mississippi University for Women, was awarded second place in arts and humanities research at the National Collegiate Honors Council’s 54th Annual Conference in New Orleans Nov. 9.

Brightman’s honors project is titled “Me Too: An Analysis of Feminist Literary Anthologies.”  In addition to studying the purpose and effect of second and third wave feminist anthologies, she has also created and published her own anthology “Blessed by Light: Works by Women, for All,” which features feminist writers and artists from the South, including many from The W.

“This project is very important to both me and those who contributed with diverse stories of their own personal experiences throughout their lives,” said Brightman. “I wanted to create this piece as a platform for women in my community to have a safe space to share their stories, and I am so thankful that others have recognized its importance far beyond what I could have hoped.”

“With only a 65% acceptance rate for the conference, being selected to present to students and faculty from across the country is already an honor,” said Dr. Kim Whitehead, director of the Gordy Honors College. “How wonderful that Elaine was also recognized at the top of her category for her vision and innovation in this important project. This is also a testament to the hard work and dedication of all our honors students like Elaine and their faculty mentors.”

Attended by thousands each year, the three-day NCHC Annual Conference invites students to present their research and honors faculty and staff to share best practices in honors education.

The Gordy Honors College fosters academic rigor and integrity through interdisciplinary inquiry, independent research and global citizenship and builds academic community among students and with dedicated faculty.
To learn more about the Ina E. Gordy Honors College at The W, visit www.muw.edu/honors.