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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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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Pellissippi State hosts author Jennifer Steil for book reading

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Jennifer Steil

Pellissippi State Community College will host author Jennifer Steil for a reading of her book, “The Ambassador’s Wife,” and a Q-and-A session Tuesday, March 1.

The event begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The community is invited.

Steil, the wife of a real-life European Union ambassador, is the author of “The Ambassador’s Wife,” and “The Woman Who Fell From the Sky.” “The Ambassador’s Wife” earned the Best Novel award in the 2013 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. The book may be adapted into a television miniseries starring Anne Hathaway.

“The Woman Who Fell From the Sky” recounts Steil’s experiences as a newspaper editor in Yemen, including an account of the drama that unfolded after the “Yemen Observer” published incendiary cartoons of the prophet Muhammad.

Steil’s presentation is sponsored by Tennessee Consortium of International Studies. TnCIS, headquartered at Pellissippi State, organizes study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state. In the eight years since its founding, TnCIS has supported 2,656 students statewide in pursuing a global education. Pellissippi State worked with TnCIS to send 204 students to study abroad in 2015, setting an institutional record. For more information about TnCIS, visit www.tncis.org or call 865-539-7280.

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.

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Pellissippi State Announcements: Upcoming concert and art exhibits, free to community

  • Pellissippi State Community College will host its annual Winter Choral Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center. This showcase musical performance features two local high school choirs as special guests. The event is free and the community is invited.
  • “The Anxious Landscape Artist: Jeffery Morton” exhibit will be held at Pellissippi State Community College through Feb. 26 in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery. This free exhibit, by self-described East Tennessee transplant Jeffrey Morton, focuses on the importance of place in shaping and molding human life through depictions of East Tennessee’s geography and that other well-known transplant, kudzu. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Pellissippi State Community College second-year photography students will exhibit their work during the annual Photography Student Show, Feb. 29-March 23 in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The exhibit is free to attend and the community is invited.

 

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