Dr. Miki Pfeffer to discuss Southern women’s rights, suffragists at Nicholls Bonnie Bourg Lecture

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University visiting scholar Dr. Miki Pfeffer will discuss her intriguing research on women’s rights as the 2018 Bonnie Bourg Lecture Series featured speaker on Thursday, March 8.

The Bonnie Bourg Lecture, free and open to the public, will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the LeBijou Theater.

Following the lecture, Dr. Pfeffer will give the keynote address at the Women of Achievement Award Luncheon at noon in the Student Union’s Carnival Room.

Dr. Pfeffer (‘73 B.A.) is the author of the 2014 book “Southern Ladies and Suffragists: Julia Ward Howe and Women’s Rights at the 1884 New Orleans World’s Fair,” which won the 2015 Eudora Welty Prize for scholarship in Women’s Studies and Southern Studies. Presently she is transcribing hundreds of letters of Grace King for future publication.

“I have long seen the Bonnie Bourg lectures as expressions of excellence at Nicholls State University, never expecting to add my voice to that history,” Dr. Pfeffer said. “I have simply ‘followed my bliss’ when researching women’s lives and am honored by the invitation to tell about that choice.”

Before returning to academia, Dr. Pfeffer worked as a fashion illustrator in New Orleans department stores and as a manufacturer’s representative of women’s business fashions.

“The life experience Dr. Pfeffer will share through the program is a keen reminder for us that, no matter the technology, some of the richest life lessons come from stories passed on from one generation to the next,” Dean of Students Dr. Michele Caruso said. “The lecture promises to be quite intriguing as it will focus on her life’s work as well as her most recent publication, which is tied to south Louisiana history.”

At the luncheon, she will share her life experiences and speak to being the post child for “it’s never too late” after earning her doctorate in 2011, 59 years after graduating from high school.

Reservations for the luncheon are $17 and due by Thursday, March 1. For reservations or more information, email Chris Coulon with Student Services at chris.coulon@www.nicholls.edu or call 985-448-4080. Checks should be made payable to the Nicholls Foundation.


CONTACT: Jacob Batte, Media Relations and Publications Coordinator, 985.448.4141 or jacob.batte@www.nicholls.edu