Free, non-credit classes on Saturdays at Magnolia Avenue Campus

What are you doing this weekend?

Pellissippi State Community College is offering free, lifelong learning classes at its Magnolia Avenue Campus on Saturdays, beginning Sept. 30. These free classes are a precursor to an upcoming announcement for weekends at Pellissippi State.

The Magnolia Avenue Campus is located at 1610 E. Magnolia Ave. Registration is encouraged but not required. Students who preregister and then check in for any free class this fall will be entered into a drawing to win a $150 gift certificate to apply towards a future lifelong learning class at Pellissippi State. Register by calling 865.539.7167 or visiting

Join Smart Trips and log your green commute to Saturday classes for a chance to win two Regal Cinemas passes and a second $150 gift certificate to apply towards a lifelong learning class at Pellissippi State.

September classes:

  • Introduction to Women’s Basic Self-Defense, Sept. 30, 9-9:45 a.m., 9:50-10:35 a.m. and 10:45-11:30 a.m.
  • Introduction to Appalachian Dulcimer, Sept. 30, 9 -11:30 a.m.
  • Introduction to Old-Time Banjo, Sept. 30, 10:30-11:30 a.m. WDVX Blue Plate Special musician Anna Uptain showcases an easy beginner method that requires no musical experience or note-reading.
  • Introduction to Smart Trips and Cash for Commuters, presented by Smart Trips, Sept. 30, 9-9:20 a.m., 9:25-9:45 a.m. and 9:50-10:10 a.m.

October classes:

  • Leadership Skills: Motivating Employees, October 7, 9-11:30 a.m.
  • Introduction to Ukrainian Egg Dyeing, October 28, 9-11:30 a.m.
  • Smart Cycling Traffic Skills 101, presented by the Jeff Roth Cycling Foundation, October 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

November classes:

  • Excel Workshop, November 4, 9-11:30 a.m.

For more information about non-credit courses at Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability for one of these classes, call 865-539-7401 or email

Pellissippi State invites writers, scholars to James Agee Conference

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Pellissippi State Community College invites aspiring writers, scholars and fans of Appalachian literature to attend the second-annual James Agee Conference for Literature and Arts Oct. 6-7.

The free conference will feature presentations and workshops led by Appalachian authors Taylor Brown, Erik Reece, Darnell Arnoult and Silas House. The event will be held on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. For more information, visit

Brown will lead a fiction master class. He is the author of “Fallen Land,” a 2017 Southern Book Prize finalist, and “The River of Kings.” Reece, the author of “Lost Mountain: A Year in the Vanishing Wilderness: Radical Strip Mining and the Devastation of Appalachia” and “An American Gospel: On Family, History, and The Kingdom of God,” will lead a master class on nonfiction. Arnoult will lead a master class on poetry. She is the author of “Galaxie Wagon: Poems” and “What Travels With Us: Poems,” and is a Weatherford Award winner and previous Tennessee Writer of the Year.

House, the keynote speaker, is a noted environmental activist, often speaking out about mountaintop removal. He is the author of “Clay’s Quilt,” a New York Times bestseller; “A Parchment of Leaves,” a Chaffin Award for Literature winner; and “The Coal Tattoo,” which won the Appalachian Writers’ Association Book of the Year and Kentucky Novel of the Year awards.

Following his keynote presentation on Friday, House will sign books.

“We are proud to continue this cultural and arts conference that engages with Appalachian identity and its expanding definition,” said Charles Dodd White, associate professor of English and planner of the event. “With the recent interest in this part of the country, we are excited to showcase creative and scholarly talent that reflects the best of the region, continuing to advance Pellissippi State’s dedication to the people and place it serves.”

Event attendees will have the opportunity to network with other writers and creators, meet and mingle with the featured authors and speak to local publishing houses.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, call 865-539-7401 or email

Never too early: DIY holiday gifts at Pellissippi State

pysanky dyed eggs

It’s never too early to look for gift ideas for the holidays — and Pellissippi State Community College offers a do-it-yourself opportunity to make creative holiday gifts.

Learn the ancient batik dye process of creating pysanky, eggs dyed using a Ukrainian wax-resist method, in non-credit courses this fall. The elaborately decorated eggs make unique and beautiful tree ornaments or gifts.

Pysanky: The Art of Ukrainian Egg Dyeing will be held from 7-9 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 19-Oct. 10. Cost is $79 plus a $55 materials fee. Create two to three ornaments from eggshells, learning the process from blowing and prepping the shells to varnishing the dyed product.

Pysanky Jewelry: Designing Batik Eggshell Jewelry will be held from 7-9 p.m., Thursdays, Oct. 26-Nov. 9. Cost is $79 plus a $65 materials fee. Using the same classic Ukrainian batik art, make earrings and matching pendant or brooch from goose eggshells.

Pysanky Sampler: Batik Ornaments in a Day will be held from 5-9 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 5. Cost is $45 plus a $15 material fee. Create an ornament or hanging art display.

For more information about lifelong learning and non-credit courses at Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability for one of these classes, call 865-539-7401 or email

Pellissippi State hosts art exhibit on Schindlers’ lives

Schindlers with workers
Oskar and Emilie Schindler, far left, with workers from their Fabryka Emalia enamel factory in Krakow.
Pellissippi State Community College will host an exhibit on the lives of Oskar and Emilie Schindler, who put their own lives at risk to save 1,200 people from concentration camps during World War II.
The exhibit tells the story of the Schindlers’ lives — as made famous in the film “Schindler’s List” — using texts and photographs, many never published before.
The exhibit, open from Sept. 25 to Oct. 6, is free to attend. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday-Friday in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.
During a reception from 3-5 p.m., Sept. 25, history instructor Amanda Carr-Wilcoxson will be on hand to briefly discuss the historical impact of the Schindlers and their actions.
The Oskar and Emilie Schindler Exhibition is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, an annual arts series that includes music and theatre performances, cultural celebrations, lectures and fine arts exhibits. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies.
For more information about The Arts at Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability for this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or
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