Author to sign biography of TROY graduate Milly Cowles on Saturday

Posted: Wednesday, 06 October 2014

TROY - Author and Professor George Littleton will sign his book about Troy University graduate Milly Cowles during a signing event at the Barnes & Noble College Bookstore on the Troy Campus on Saturday.

Cowles will join Littleton for the event, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The book, "From Ramer to Rutgers, A Biography of Milly Cowles," follows the life of the well-known educator and activist who, following a brilliant teaching career at some of America's top universities became the first-ever female dean of a College of Education in her home state of Alabama.

Following her graduation from TROY, Cowles became an outstanding elementary education teacher in Montgomery before earning her doctorate at the University of Alabama. She was recruited to Rutgers University, during which she worked with major American cultural and intellectual figures in the "Great Cities Project," which took her to the inner city schools of Newark, N.J.

Cowles later left Rutgers for the University of South Carolina, where she was asked to lead a controversial education project in rural Kingstree County. An award-winning film was made of the project that saw Cowles immerse herself into a rural, poverty-ridden, African-American system to make major transformations at a volatile period in history.

Littleton captured the story based on hundreds of hours of interviews conducted with Cowles and through the eyes of her friends, many of whom she mentored during their academic careers.

For more than 30 years, Littleton has worked as a writer, editor and publisher. Littleton teaches writing at Auburn University and is also the director of marketing and community in Auburn's College of Education. He and his wife, Dorothy, have two sons, Wells and Ben.