The IUP Journalism and Public Relations Department and the Elizabeth Sweeney
Foundation will host alumna and Pulitzer Prize winner Alysia Burton Steele on Monday,
April 9, 2018.
Steele will sell and sign copies of her book, Delta Jewels: In Search
of My Grandmother’s Wisdom, in the Humanities and Social Sciences building
lobby at 3:00 p.m. and speak to interested students, faculty, staff, and guests
about that book and her nonprofit organization, Delta Jewels Support
Foundation, at 5:00 p.m. in Room 225.
Steele’s book features 54 portraits and interviews with various “church
mothers” and oral histories of Jim Crow Mississippi, such as stories about the
Civil Rights Movement. The book has been touted in major national publications
such as USA Today, the New York Times, and National Public Radio and has
received praise from activist Gloria Steinem.
Steele earned a Pulitzer Prize from her work as part of the photo team at
the Dallas Morning News for coverage of Hurricane Katrina. She has worked for
more than 12 years as a photojournalist at various newspapers, including the
Columbus Dispatch and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Steele is also an
assistant professor of journalism at the University of Mississippi’s Meek
School of Journalism.
Steele will also visit several journalism and public relations classes
during her two-day visit.