Pellissippi State hosts McClung curator for Appalachian presentation

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Pellissippi State Community College invites the community to hear a presentation about the experience of African Americans in Appalachia Monday, Feb. 29.

The presentation, “African American Experience in the Upland South,” will be given by Timothy E. Baumann, curator of archaeology at McClung Museum of Natural History and culture and research associate professor in the department of anthropology at The University of Tennessee.

The event begins at 12:55 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Baumann’s presentation is a Common Academic Experience event. Pellissippi State’s Common Academic Experience unites all Pellissippi State freshmen students in a shared reading experience, which becomes the basis of a year-long discussion of issues related to the book. This year’s Common Book is “The United States of Appalachia” by Jeff Biggers, and events in this series continue the conversation about the multifaceted history of Appalachia.

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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Community invited to presentation by author David Madden at Pellissippi State

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David Madden
David Madden

Pellissippi State Community College welcomes author David Madden to campus to speak about Appalachian culture and literature and about his new book, “The Tangled Web of the Civil War and Reconstruction,” on Wednesday, Nov. 4.

Madden speaks 2-2:55 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The event is free and open to the community.

Madden’s presentation is part of this year’s Common Academic Experience at Pellissippi State. The Common Academic Experience unites all Pellissippi State freshmen in a shared reading experience of a Common Book, which becomes the basis of a yearlong discussion of issues related to the book. This year’s Common Book is “The United States of Appalachia” by Jeff Biggers. The book explores the oft-overlooked contributions of Appalachian visionaries, innovators and heroes to American culture — from writers like Cormac McCarthy to Cherokee syllabary inventor Sequoyah, from singer Bessie Smith to the founders of the first independent state declared against British rule, the District of Washington, situated in Upper East Tennessee.

Madden, a native Knoxvillian, is the author of “Bijou,” “Sharpshooter: A Novel of the Civil War” and “The Suicide’s Wife,” for which he received a Pulitzer Prize nomination. “Sharpshooter” is a previous Common Book pick.

For more information on Madden’s presentation, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at (865) 539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

 

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Pellissippi State: Community book sale to raise funds for student scholarships

Pellissippi State Community College hosts its annual Faculty Senate Book Sale from late March into early April, and the community is invited to take part.

The sale kicks off at the Blount County Campus and takes place at four of Pellissippi State’s campuses over the course of two weeks. Here are the locations, dates and times:

  • Blount County Campus, Keith McCord Lobby; 8 a.m.-6 p.m., March 23-24, and 8 a.m.-3 p.m., March 25
  • Division Street Campus, Room 208; 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., March 25-26
  • Hardin Valley Campus, Goins Building College Center; 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., March 30-April 1
  • Magnolia Avenue Campus, Lobby; 8 a.m.-4 p.m., April 7-8

The Faculty Senate Book Sale raises funds that go to the Pellissippi State Foundation for student scholarships. All type of books will be available, from fiction and nonfiction to craft books and cookbooks. The sale also will have collectible magazines like National Geographic. Other items likely to be offered: movies and CDs.

Sale donations have been made by Pellissippi State faculty, staff and students, as well as by community members.

The Blount County Campus is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Friendsville. The Division Street Campus is at 3435 Division St., the Hardin Valley Campus at 10915 Hardin Valley Road and the Magnolia Avenue Campus at 1610 E. Magnolia Ave., all in Knoxville.

For more information about Pellissippi State and the book sale, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State invites community to ‘Caribbean Festival’

steel drum band playing in building

Pellissippi State Community College invites the community to celebrate diversity at the Caribbean Festival, 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26.

The event is free and takes place in the College Center in the Goins Administration Building at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The Caribbean Festival will feature performances by the Carib Sounds Steel Band and the Caribbean Dancers of Atlanta. Guests can sample Caribbean foods, including jerk chicken and rice and beans.

The Caribbean Festival is sponsored by Pellissippi State’s Access and Diversity Office. The event is part of the college’s Black History Month celebrations. Other related events during February include

  • “Walk, Don’t Ride,” a presentation by The WordPlayers, 9:40-11:40 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Magnolia Avenue Campus
  • African-American Read-In, a recitation celebrating the works of African-American authors, all day Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the Division Street Campus

In addition, all five Pellissippi State campuses will be celebrating Black History Month with displays highlighting African-American activists, artists, writers and history. African coffees and teas will be served at special morning meet-and-greets each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday throughout the month.

For more information about the Caribbean Festival or other Black History Month events, visit www.pstcc.edu/diversity or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

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