Eudora Welty Scholar to Speak at Berry

Release Date: March 05, 2018

Pearl McHaney, preeminent Eudora Welty scholar and 2018 recipient of the Governor’s Award in the Arts and Humanities, will give a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (March 7) at the Berry College Memorial Library. 

The lecture “Eudora Welty: Human Rights in Prose and Photography” is free and open to the public. 

McHaney is the editor of a number of books by Welty, including “A Writer's Eye: Collected Book Reviews,” “Occasions: Selected Writings,” “Eudora Welty as Photographer.” Most recently McHaney wrote “A Tyrannous Eye: Eudora Welty's Nonfiction and Photographs.” 

A Georgia State University Kenneth M. England Professor of Southern Literature, McHaney is the featured speaker for the Buzz and Barbara Mote McCoy Southern Women Writers Lecture at Berry. Her primary interests lie in the visual and literary works of Southern writers, in particular Welty and poet Natasha Trethewey. 

McHaney also serves on the Second English committee at GSU, guiding undergraduates and working with the College of Education and Human Development’s TEEMS English Masters of Arts in Teaching degree program. She has worked as director of GSU’s Center for Collaborative and International Arts. 

The lecture series honors the generosity of Berry alumna Barbara Mote McCoy and her husband, Buzz. Barbara McCoy graduated from Berry in 1961 with a degree in English and later provided leadership as a member of the Executive Steering Committee for the college’s successful $100 million Century Campaign. Buzz McCoy is a nationally recognized writer and teacher of business ethics who has served as executive-in-residence for the graduate business schools at Stanford University and Notre Dame and as adjunct professor for the Pacific School of Religion, UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and the University of Southern California’s graduate real estate program. The retired Morgan Stanley executive has authored many works on the subjects of business ethics and real estate finance, including the Harvard Business Review classic, “The Parable of the Sadhu.” Both are avid readers whose previous support of Berry’s Southern Women Writers Conference made this series possible.


 Written by Public Relations Student Supervisor Alexi Bell