December 22, 2014  

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Library, Graduate Students to Present Roundtable Discussion on Women of the Gulf Coast

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In celebration of Women’s History Month, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library presents the roundtable discussion, “Women of the Gulf Coast: A Historical Perspective,” on Tuesday, March 25, from 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in room 204 of the library on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The presentation will be made by Southern Miss Gulf Coast graduate students, Colleen Smith and Stacie Watts, who will discuss their respective topics, Race, Gender and Local Color of Women Writers in Louisiana and Breaking Spheres along the Gulf South: The Strength of the “Seccesh” Women in the Civil War.

Smith’s work focuses primarily on the literary output of two women writers who wrote about Louisiana women in the latter ninetieth century, Grace King and Kate Chopin. Smith investigates how these two female local colorists expose the psychological disposition and race relationships among women of the era. Watts’s presentation concentrates on the involvement of Confederate women as they became an instrument of war – battling for their country, their men, their way of life and their place in society.

The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided. For further information,  contact Jorge Brown, 228.214.3455.