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Where Is Pearl? gains national attention

Program appears in The Chronicle of Higher Education

10/14/2003 11:00:24 AM


Lynchburg, Va. — R-MWC's unique literary education project "Where Is Pearl?" gained a significant boost this week when the program was featured in the October 17th issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. The project, which was launched to coincide with the College's upcoming Buck Award ceremony, celebrates the work of R-MWC alumna Pearl S. Buck through an online book sharing and tracking program accessible at The complete article follows.

Finding a Pearl


The Chronicle of Higher Education

October 17th, 2003

Section: Short Subjects

Volume 50, Issue 8, Page A8

Looking for a good book? If you're lucky, you may stumble across a free copy of Pearl S. Buck's The Good Earth and become a part of history.

Randolph-Macon Woman's College began distributing numbered copies of the book last month to draw attention to its most esteemed alumna and to an award that recognizes women whose achievements reflect the writer's humanitarian commitments. Pearl S. Buck, Class of 1914, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1932 for The Good Earth and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1938. Recipients are asked to log their possession of the book on a Web site ( and then pass along their copy to a friend or a stranger once they finish it.

"We plan to send out between 400 to 500 books," says Michael Kiser, a spokesman for the college, in Lynchburg, Va. "We think it will go on and on and have a life of its own. Who knows where these books will end up?"

One copy was delivered to Corazon Aquino, the former president of the Philippines and recipient, in 1998, of the first Pearl S. Buck Award. She has promised to give her copy to a student.

Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland and former United Nations high commissioner for human rights, will receive the 2003 Pearl S. Buck Award next month.

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