Nikki Giovanni speaks to packed house at Pellissippi State

Nikki Giovanni
Nikki Giovanni speaks in the community room of Pellissippi State Community College’s Magnolia Avenue Campus

 

Famed author, poet and Civil Rights activist Nikki Giovanni spoke to a packed house at Pellissippi State Community College’s Magnolia Avenue Campus March 17. Giovanni spoke about her work, “On My Journey Now: Looking at African-American History Through the Spirituals,” which studies the heritage of music as a means to escape the injustice and harshness of slavery, as well as on the history of African Americans in Appalachia. She also signed books and met community members and Pellissippi State students and employees during a reception. Giovanni is featured in Pellissippi State’s 2016 Common Book, “The United States of Appalachia.”

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Giovanni with Wise and Tillman
Pellissippi State Community College President L. Anthony Wise Jr., right, with Magnolia Avenue Campus Dean Rosalyn Tillman and author and poet Nikki Giovanni March 17 at Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Avenue Campus.

 

Country Music Television brings Morgan Myles to Pellissippi State

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Morgan Myles

Pellissippi State Community College, in partnership with Country Music Television, invites everyone to hear up-and-coming country music singer Morgan Myles at a free concert March 18.

Myles is a rising country music singer whose lead single, “Whiskey Dreaming,” helped land her at No. 22 on the iTunes country music chart. She has also been identified as an artist to watch by Nashville Lifestyles and Country Weekly magazines and www.tasteofcountry.com.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. Friday, March 18, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Although the event is free, tickets are required to ensure seating availability. Tickets are available at locations on each campus.

Pick up your tickets at these locations:

  • The main offices at the Blount County, Division Street, Magnolia Avenue and Strawberry Plains campuses
  • Marketing and Communications, Goins Administration Building, Room 264 on the Hardin Valley Campus
  • Community Outreach, Goins Administration Building, Room 207 on the Hardin Valley Campus
  • Student Life, Goins Administration Building, Room 141 on the Hardin Valley Campus

The concert also will feature a performance by Pellissippi State’s own Hardin Valley Thunder bluegrass ensemble, as well as testimonials from Pellissippi State students.

The concert is presented by Pellissippi State in partnership with CMT’s Empowering Education initiative. Empowering Education works with colleges to capture student success stories, support local recruitment and foster local economic development.

For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/concert or call Patricia Myers, director of community outreach and donor engagement, at 865-539-7242.  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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Ecuadorian Humphrey Fellow to share views at Pellissippi State

Juan Molina BolivarEcuadorian professor Juan Camilo Molina Bolivar will speak at Pellissippi State Community College during the week of March 27, as part of the college’s second Humphrey Fellows visit of the year.

Juan Camilo Molina Bolivar, a Humphrey Fellows scholar from Ecuador, will share a presentation at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, March 31, titled “Ecuador: A View From the Middle of the World.” The presentation is free and open to the public.

Bolivar will spend time shadowing Pellissippi State administrators to learn more about the community college model and how Pellissippi State interacts with its community.

Humphrey Fellows are mid-career professionals from other nations who travel to the U.S. and spend one academic year at a university or other higher education institution. The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, was established in 1978. Professionals from 24 countries participate.

Bolivar is a university professor at the Technological Equinoctial University of Ecuador and has previously worked as a national director of research and international cooperation for the Professional Training Service of Ecuador. During his year as part of the Humphrey Fellows program, he is based at the University of Minnesota.

“With this experience, I want to understand the management of institutions specializing in professional and workforce training,” Bolivar said. “I can learn about the community college model and the best practices in adult training and development of professional skills, including the link between the private and industrial sectors.”

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 hosts award-winning author Nikki Giovanni

Nikki GiovanniOne of the world’s most well-known African American poets, Nikki Giovanni, will speak at Pellissippi State Community College’s Magnolia Avenue Campus on Thursday, March 17.

Giovanni is the recipient of an unprecedented seven NAACP Image awards and a Grammy nomination, and is a New York Times bestselling author and finalist for the National Book Award. She will be on campus from 6-7:30 p.m. to speak about her work “On My Journey Now: Looking at African-American History Through the Spirituals,” which studies the heritage of music as a means to escape the injustice and harshness of slavery.

Following her presentation, Giovanni will be available for a book signing and reception. The event is free and the community is invited. The Magnolia Avenue Campus is located at 1610 E. Magnolia Avenue.

Giovanni’s presentation is sponsored by Magnolia Avenue Campus’ Beyond the Common Book Club and is a Common Academic Experience event. Pellissippi State’s Common Book 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. Giovanni is featured in “The United States of Appalachia.”

Giovanni was born in Knoxville in 1943. Her first published volumes of poetry, “Black Feeling, Black Talk,” and “Black Judgment” grew out of her response to the assassinations of figures like Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers and Sen. Robert Kennedy. Since then, she has published dozens of works. Today, Giovanni is a distinguished professor at Virginia Tech.

Additional support at the March 17 event will be provided by Pellissippi State’s Access & Diversity Office and the University of Tennessee’s Black Alumni Council.

For more information about attending this event, visit www.pstcc.edu or call the Magnolia Avenue Campus at 865-329-3100. 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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