Pellissippi State hosts inaugural James Agee Conference for Literature and Arts

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Pellissippi State Community College invites aspiring writers, scholars and fans of Appalachian literature to attend the inaugural James Agee Conference for Literature and Arts, Sept. 9-10.

The free conference will feature dozens of scholarly and creative presentations led by noted Appalachian authors and scholars, including Pellissippi State’s own English assistant professor Charles Dodd White and writer-in-residence Ed Francisco. Leading a master class on creative nonfiction will be Karen McElmurray, the author of “Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven,” which won the Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing. A poetry master class will be led by Linda Parsons, poet, playwright and editor of “Now & Then” magazine. Finally, novelist Mark Powell will lead a fiction master class. Powell is author of “The Dark Corner” and “Prodigals.”

A keynote presentation and book signing by Crystal Wilkinson, author of “Blackberries, Blackberries,” “Water Street” and “The Birds of Opulence” will complete the two-day schedule. Wilkinson, a Kentucky native, is writer-in-residence at Berea College.

The James Agee Conference for Literature and Arts will be held on Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. To register for the free event, or for more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/ageeconference.

Event attendees will have time 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 www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

 

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Pellissippi State Announcements: Non-credit courses available in September

Pellissippi State Community College offers the non-credit course Basic Digital Photography at its Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Learn to effectively use a digital camera and gain basic knowledge about exposure, composition, lighting and color theory. Students must bring their own digital SLR camera. Class times are 6:15-8:15 p.m., Wednesdays, Sept. 14 to Oct. 12. Cost is $109. For more information or to register online, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs.

Pellissippi State Community College offers the non-credit course Appalachian Dulcimer Beginner Course at its Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Learn to play the traditional Appalachian mountain dulcimer. No prior musical knowledge is necessary. Students must bring their own dulcimers or acquire one after the first class session. Class times are 5:30-7 p.m., Thursdays, Sept. 15 to Nov. 10. Cost is $95 with a $37 materials fee. Class space is limited to 12; register at www.pstcc.edu/bcs.

Pellissippi State Community College offers the non-credit course Our Appalachia: Uncivil Conflict in the Coves: The Civil War in Southern Appalachia at its Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway. Learn the history and legacy of the Civil War in Appalachia. Class times are 6:15-8:15 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 13 to Oct. 25. Cost is $89 plus a $15 materials fee. To register, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs.

 

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Pellissippi State Announcements: ‘Vacuum Shop’ exhibit runs through Sept. 9

"Eight Artists of the Vacuum Shop Studios" features the work of local artists, like this piece from Chelsie Nunn.
“Eight Artists from the Vacuum Shop Studios” features the work of local artists, like this piece from Chelsie Nunn.

 

Now through Sept. 9, Pellissippi State Community College will host the “Eight Artists of the Vacuum Shop Studios” exhibit in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The exhibit features artists from Knoxville’s collaboratively-run Vacuum Shop Studios: Eleanor Aldrich, Heather Hartman, Kelly Hider, Ashton Ludden, Erin Mullenex, Chelsie Nunn, Deb Rule and Jessie Van der Laan. A reception to meet the artists will be held from 4-7 p.m., Sept. 9. The exhibit is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, an annual series that includes music and theatre performances, international celebrations, lectures and the fine arts. For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

 

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Pellissippi State to hold financial planning, retirement classes

Whether you’re considering retirement or simply seeking relevant financial planning information, Pellissippi State Community College offers informative, up-to-date non-credit courses to meet your needs.

Non-credit classes are offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services. For more information or to register for a class, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call 865-539-7167. All classes are offered at the Hardin Valley Campus unless otherwise stated.

  • Financial Strategies for Successful Retirement — learn the basics of financial needs, investments and taxes related to retirement. The class will be offered at the Blount County Campus from 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 2-23, and at the Hardin Valley Campus from 6-9 p.m., Thursdays, Aug. 4-25. Cost is $79 and includes one person and a spouse or guest at no extra charge.

  • How to Thrive Financially in Retirement — learn to ensure your money serves your retirement goals properly, including topics like estate planning and health care. Class will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Aug. 16 and 23. Cost is $59 per person.
  • Savvy Social Security Planning: What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Maximize Retirement Income — learn important rules and strategies for claiming Social Security benefits. Class will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Aug. 9 and 11. Cost is $59 for one person and spouse.
  • Savvy Social Security & Life Planning Strategies for Women — specialized rules and strategies for claiming Social Security benefits as a woman. Class will be held from 6-7:30 p.m., Aug. 15. Cost is $29 per person.
  • Planning for Long Term Care: How to Identify, Obtain & Pay It — learn the importance of financial planning for long-term care. Class will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Aug. 18. Cost is $39 per person.
  • Tennessee Estate Planning: It’s Not Just Having a Will! — learn about the importance of planning for disabilities, living wills, death and state and federal taxes. Class will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Aug. 16 and 18. Cost is $49 per person.

For more information about these and other classes offered by Business and Community Services, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call 865-539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability for one of these courses, email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

 

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