January marks 10 years since the passing of Ruth Hart, professor emerita of Dance. She inspired W students from 1961-80 after living as a professional dancer in New York City and running a studio in Cleveland.
The room is decorated flawlessly: lush tablescapes, original art reflecting a well selected theme, candles, floral arrangements. It is an elegant setting for a 10-course meal, and it could easily be a fine restaurant in New York.
John Grisham when he was "an emerging young writer." Elizabeth Strout before the Pulitzer Prize came for "Olive Kitteridge." Jesmyn Ward, not yet a National Book Award winner. Natasha Trethewey, twice before being named the nation's poet laureate.
And many more: Will Campbell, Larry Brown, Ellen Douglas, Clyde Edgerton, Ellen Gilchrist, Rick Bragg, Ann Patchett, Mark Childress, Nanci Kincaid, Clifton Taulbert, Lee Smith, John Dufresne, Hillary Jordan, Ace Atkins, Ron Rash, Brad Watson, Kaye Gibbons, Haven Kimmel, Lewis Nordan, Jill McCorkle, Al Young, Yusef Komunakaa.
And the grand lady for whom the series was named: Eudora Welty, a W alumna and herself a Pulitzer Prize-winner.
The Gulf of Mexico was the living laboratory for 16 biology students this summer.
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