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Dr. Celena E. Kusch, assistant professor of American literature, will coordinate this interactive event. The conference will include great refreshments, 25-minute discussion sessions with student leaders, and a 25-minute panel discussion that brings together all participants. Sponsored by Student Life.
Planetwalker By: Dr. John Francis
September 17, 3:25 - 4:40 p.m., CLC 317
Start Where You Are
Making enormous changes in the way you live your life is not required to start having a positive impact on the world. You can begin just by paying a bit more attention to some of the small decisions you make every day. How you wash your clothes or take a shower, what kind of coffee you drink, the food you buy at the grocery store, the way you get to and from school--all of these involve making decisions that can help or hurt the planet. Participants will take part in a fun and thought-provoking workshop to inventory the ways in which we can all start where we are. Dr. George Williams, assistant professor of English, will lead this interactive program.
This is the final event of the PREFACE series for the fall semester. English 101 students who are required to attend a cultural event are strongly encouraged to participate in this program.
Please pick up your tickets beginning Tuesday, November 13, in HPAC 222. This event is sponsored by Student Life, with support from the Department of Languages, Literature, and Composition, the Center for Research and Scholarship Support, and the Research Advisory Council.
Tilt 68 is the story of Louisa Ellington, an 18-year-old freshman at a Southern women's college in the late sixties, a time when an entire generation experienced the momentum of social revolution. The story of Louisa’s personal quest for freedom unfolds against the backdrop of the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, the sudden and widespread availability of the pill, and the arrival of drugs on college campuses. Published in May 2007, the novel has received five-star reviews from Amazon readers and praise from Kirkus Reviews which calls it “an enthusiastic, exuberantly chatty coming-of-age novel.” Sponsored by the Chancellor’s Office.
September 13, 7:00 p.m., CLC Ballroom
Who Done It? A Murder Mystery Game
Plan to attend Big Daddy Sugarbaker’s birthday party – it may be his last! Big Daddy made his fortune selling the Southern Bell Containment Girdle and other products necessary to uphold the genteel lifestyle; but his worthless, crazy kin may want to speed up his death so they can reap the rewards of his keen business sense. Join for a grits buffet, a big birthday cake, and lots of laughs as we solve murders and make friends. Directed by Rich Robinson, Assistant Professor of Theatre Design/Technology. Hosted by the English faculty.
September 22, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., CLC 319
Infertility and Identity
Driven by a personal longing and the shame of not fulfilling her destiny as a woman, One Foot in Eden‘s Amy Holcombedeclares she will “do any or everything to get a baby” – and she does. But creating that life sets a tragedy in motion and leads to death, guilt, and secrets. Why would a woman make such a choice? The inability to conceive and/or bear a child challenges a person’s self-image, sexuality, and hopes for the future. Associate Vice Chancellor Cindy Jennings will speak from her own experience and discuss the social and personal issues surrounding infertility.
September 29, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., CLC 317
Y'uns stop by for a spell an' I reckon we can do some jawin' 'bout mountain talk. In this workshop, Dr. David Marlow, Assistant Professor of English, will lead a discussion on the origins and distinctive features of Appalachian English. He’ll present examples from live and taped sources and discuss the place and value of dialects as a whole in today's society. Audience participation is welcome. So do come an' bring your kin!
September 29, 5:45 - 7:00 p.m., HPAC 120
Film Screening: The True Meaning of Pictures
Dr. Peter Caster, Assistant Professor of English, will lead a film screening and discussion. Canadian filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal’s The True Meaning of Pictures explores the work of controversial photographer Shelby Lee Adams. A native of Eastern Kentucky, Adams has devoted thirty years of his life to visiting and making portraits of families living in Appalachia. Do his photographs respectfully capture the experience of the people of Appalachia or does Adams’ work perpetuate negative stereotypes? As the film examines Adams and his art, it makes us question what
we say and do and think about “others.”
October 1, 8:30 a.m., HPAC 120
The Scene of the Crime: Hike to Whitewater Falls
Get on the bus and head up to where it all happened. The trip will include a stop at the Bad Creek Pump Storage Facility to examine the environmental impact of dam construction, a hike to view Whitewater Falls and observe many of the plants mentioned in One Foot in Eden, and a visit to a rustic store. Led by Dr. Gill Newberry, Professor of Biology. Sponsored by the Center for Student Success.
All Ron Rash Events sponsored by CAB.
October 10, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., CLC 319
The Blue Ridge and Their Peoples: The Interplay of a Land and Its Inhabitants
Dr. Lyle Campbell, Professor of Geology, studies Appalachian geography and geology in his academic research; as a personal study, he is completing a book on the history, culture, and oral history of his family’s Blue Ridge roots. He will discuss some of the basic geologic and human history of our mountains and explore how a place and the people who live there both define and reflect each other.
October 19, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., HPAC 120
Collecting Treasures of Folk Art with their Oral History
Is there a treasure in your attic? Even if your great grandmother’s quilt or your uncle’s walking cane has little monetary value, the stories these objects hold make them priceless. Dr. Mary Lou Hightower, Assistant Professor of Art Education, will discuss the art of collecting family stories, and her students will share oral histories they have collected and preserved interviewing folk artists in the upstate.
October 19, 7:00 p.m.
Moonshine Run, 5K Run/Walk
Sponsored by Alcohol and Drug Education Program, Office of Student Life.
October 26, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., CLC 317
Cracking the Case
Even though Sheriff Will Alexander is a clever, logical investigator, he can’t prove what his gut knows. Would modern methods of solving crimes have helped him prove Billy Holcombe guilty? Dr. Diane Daane, Professor of Criminal Justice, will reveal how technology and other advances help detectives solve crimes today. Even if you haven’t finished One Foot in Eden, you’ll be fascinated by how cases are cracked in the CSI era.
October 26, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m., HPAC 120
Film Screening: Roshomon
Dr. Peter Caster, Assistant Professor of English, will lead a screening and discussion. A man’s body is found in the forest. The story of how it happened is told from the perspectives of a woman, her husband, and others involved in the murder. Sound familiar? Roshomon, Japanese director Akira Kirosawa’s film of murder, crime, sex, and relationships, parallels the story and structure of Ron Rash’s One Foot in Eden. Reconstructing this crime leads to an understanding of more than just who committed the murder.
November 1, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., HPAC 120
Dam a River, Drown the Land
Rivers are alive. To understand, take a few steps to a nearby stream or just close your eyes to visualize it. The play of light and sound, the colors of the water, and the textures at the water’s edge all tell us something of the water-land relationship. Dams change that dynamic. Dr. Chip Green, Professor of Geology, will lead a workshop to help us understand how.
November 7, 11:30 - 2:00 p.m., CLC Ballroom
Aspects of Appalachia: Student-Led Conference with Luncheon
Student-led conference features luncheon and keynote address by George Brosi, Appalachian scholar and editor of Appalachian Heritage. Student-led sessions will begin at 12:45 pm. Hosted by LLC. Sponsored by the Center for Student Success and Multicultural Affairs.
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