Newberry College to Host Women's History Author Valinda Littlefield

Mar 22, 2011, 09:52 ET from Newberry College

NEWBERRY, S.C., March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its Fine Arts and Lecture events, Newberry College will host author Dr. Valinda Littlefield, speaking about her three-volume series "South Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times." The books include her historical research on Native American, African American and European American women of South Carolina.

Currently Associate Professor of History at the University of South Carolina, Littlefield co-edited the series with Marjorie Spruill and Joan Johnson. The book highlights the lives, stories and accomplishments of these women, as well as their role in the history of South Carolina and the Southeast region as a whole. Some of the women featured include Matilda Evans, the first African American woman licensed to practice medicine in South Carolina, and Angelina Grimke, an American political activist, abolitionist, and supporter of the women's suffrage movement.

"Speakers such as Dr. Littlefield provide our students with the rich context of our state's history that is an important part of their educational experience," said Newberry College President Dr. V. Scott Koerwer. "In particular, as we recognize the accomplishments of women and African-Americans, we are excited for our students to make connections to these prominent figures in American history."

The discussion and book signing, sponsored by Newberry's Multicultural Committee, will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. on March 23 in Kohn Hall.

About Newberry College

A private, residential, co-educational, college with a diverse student population, Newberry College offers baccalaureate degrees in 24 majors, 31 minors, and 27 areas of concentration. Founded in 1856 by the Lutheran Church, the college is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the National Association of Schools of Music. The college has a radio and television station, and offers 15 NCAA Division II sports. In the recent 2011 ranking of the Best Colleges in U.S. News & World Report, Newberry College placed in the top tier of regional colleges in the South. For more information, visit

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