Category Archives: Common Book

‘Sanctuary’ author’s talk speaks to Pellissippi State’s Common Book

Pellissippi State Community College hosts Greg Johnson, an author and News Sentinel columnist, for a reading from his meditation on the Smoky Mountains, “Sanctuary,” at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, April 16. The free event takes place at the Strawberry Plains Campus, … Continue reading

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Author, naturalist to speak on Common Book topic at Pellissippi State

Pellissippi State Community College hosts author and naturalist Doris Gove for a lecture beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 3. Gove shares her personal experiences in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park during the talk, which takes place in the … Continue reading

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Pellissippi State hosts author/naturalist Joel Zachry for bear lecture

Bear encounters are the topic of the day for “You and Me Coexisting With Bears,” a lecture at Pellissippi State Community College featuring Joel Zachry, a hiker, author and naturalist. Zachry, who wrote “Bears We’ve Met: Short Stories of Close … Continue reading

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Pellissippi State announces Common Book Convocation

Take a hike. That’s the message of Pellissippi State Community College’s 2013-2014 Common Book, “A Walk in the Woods,” by Bill Bryson. It’s also the theme of this year’s Common Book Convocation, which takes place Sept. 23. The Convocation presentation, … Continue reading

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Barbara Yarn, black female medical trailblazer, to speak at Pellissippi State

She was one of the first African-American female graduates of Nashville’s Meharry Medical College. She was also one of the first women to serve as chief of staff at an American hospital. Dr. Barbara Yarn, a native of Knoxville, comes … Continue reading

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Acclaimed novelist David Madden returns to Pellissippi State tomorrow

Author and Knoxville native David Madden returns to Pellissippi State Community College to read from his latest novel, “London Bridge in Plague and Fire,” on Feb. 28. Madden’s reading is scheduled for 2-3 p.m. in the Goins Auditorium at the … Continue reading

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Black History Month: Pellissippi State faculty member discusses HeLa cells’ research contributions

Henrietta Lacks, a poor black tobacco farmer whose cancerous cervical cells were taken in 1951 without her knowledge, unwittingly played a role in biological research that continues today. On Wednesday, March 6, at 2 p.m., Minoo Askari, a faculty member … Continue reading

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Pellissippi State: Son of Henrietta Lacks, subject of NYT bestseller, to speak at Convocation

On Oct. 4, David “Sonny” Lacks will share what it meant to find out—decades after the fact—that the cells of his mother, Henrietta, were being used in labs around the world, bought and sold by the billions. Sonny Lacks is … Continue reading

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Public invited to Pellissippi State’s ‘Children’s Literature in Africa’

Parents who want to give their small children a boost in reading will not want to miss Catherine T. Shafer’s lecture, “Children’s Literature by African Authors and Illustrators,” at Pellissippi State Community College. Shafer speaks Monday, March 19, 10:45-11:45, in … Continue reading

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Pellissippi State hosts expert on religion, culture, politics in Africa

The strife in Uganda is worlds away for most Americans, just something they hear about occasionally on the news. But when University of Tennessee professor Rosalind Hackett went to the East African country for the first time in 2004, she … Continue reading

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