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Martha Swain Speaker Series


The Martha Swain Speaker Series brings a distinguished person to campus to speak every March as part of Women’s History Month.  The series features issues important to women’s interests, lives, and experiences. 

About the Series

image of Martha SwainThe Martha Swain Speaker Series honors Dr. Martha Swain, a pre-imminent southern women's historian. Martha Swain graduated from Mississippi State University, and earned a Masters and a Ph.D. in History from Vanderbilt University. She is professor emeritus at Texas Women’s University and Mississippi State University. Her work focuses on political history, specifically of the New Deal era, and southern women’s history. In addition to her biographies on important New Dealers, Pat Harrison and Lucy Somerville Howorth, she is the co-editor of two volumes of essays, Mississippi Women: Their Histories, Their Lives, and has written numerous book chapters and journal articles. She is a past president of the Southern Association for Women Historians and the recipient of a distinguished senior faculty award at Texas Woman’s University. Among her awards are the 1994 Eudora Welty book prize at Mississippi University for Women, the 2002 Dunbar Rowland Award from the Mississippi Historical Society for lifetime contributions to Mississippi History, and the 2004 Mississippi Humanities Council’s Chair’s Award for contributions to public humanities programs. She served as president of the Mississippi Historical Society in 2005-06 and is a long-time member of the review board of the Journal of Mississippi History. She also has been a member of the board of review of the Journal of Southern History. Dr. Swain continues to work in the field, and her most recent essay is part of an edited collection, “No Straight Path: Becoming Women Historians,” published in 2019 with the Louisiana State University Press.

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