West Virginia University and West Virginia Wesleyan College are honoring award-winning author and Nobel laureate Pearl S. Buck.
The schools are hosting an event Thursday in Morgantown along with the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation.
The event is part of Mountaineer Week - a weeklong celebration of West Virginia's heritage and culture.
Buck's novel "The Good Earth" won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932 and helped earn her the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938.
WVU President Gordon Gee says Buck's worldwide fame as an author and her tireless work as a humanitarian took her far from Pocahontas County where she was born.
But Gee says Buck ways remained connected to her roots nestled in the Mountain State.
The West Virginia native died in 1973 at the age of 80.