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Janisse RayWriter, activist and naturalist Janisse Ray will be the featured presenter for Berry’s inaugural Buzz and Barbara Mote McCoy Southern Women Writers Lecture, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the Berry College Chapel. Admission is free and open to the public.

A 2015 inductee into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, Ray is the author of five books of literary nonfiction and a collection of eco-poetry. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Montana and two honorary doctorates. She has served as a writer-in-residence at numerous institutions, and her translated work has been published in France and Turkey. Among her many honors are the Southern Booksellers Award for Poetry (2011), the Southeastern Booksellers Award for Nonfiction (1999) and an American Book Award (2000). Full bio.

Three days prior to Ray’s visit, on Feb. 20, Dana Professor of Biology Martin Cipollini will lead a two-hour guided hike of Berry’s Longleaf Pine Trail, discussing the history and scenery surrounding the types of trees featured in her writing. The hike, also free and open to the public, begins at 2 p.m. at the Longleaf trail head on Berry’s mountain campus. Parking at the trail head is limited, but overflow space is available at the Old Mill.

The new lecture series honors the generosity of Barbara Mote McCoy (61C) and her husband, Buzz. Mrs. McCoy holds an English degree from Berry and served with distinction as a member of the Executive Steering Committee for the college’s $100 million Century Campaign. Mr. 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.

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