Charles Dodd White, assistant professor of English at Pellissippi State Community College, has received the 2015 Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award from Morehead State University in Kentucky. The award, which includes a prize of $1,000, recognizes outstanding Appalachian writers. White is the author of “A Shelter of Others,” “Lambs of Men” and “Sinners of Sanction County.” Previous winners of the Chaffin Award include Denise Giardina, Silas House and Donald Ray Pollock.
Julie Reed leads a book discussion at Pellissippi State Community College’s Magnolia Avenue Campus 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. Reed will speak about the history and culture of the Cherokee in Appalachia. The event is free and open to the community. The Magnolia Avenue Campus is located at 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.
Heather Schroeder, a Pellissippi State Community College English faculty member, presents a noon lecture Tuesday, Oct. 20, in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The title of the lecture is “From P!$$ed to Perfect: Tales of a Farm Woman.” The lecture, part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, is free and the community is welcome.
Tawnysha Greene, author of the recently released novel “A House Made of Stars,” presents a reading and book-signing on the National Day of Writing, Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Pellissippi State Community College’s Strawberry Plains Campus, 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike. The reading begins at noon and is free and open to the community. Greene is a graduate of and lecturer at the University of Tennessee. Her work has appeared in “PANK,” “Bellingham Review” and “Weave Magazine.” The event is sponsored by Pellissippi State’s Strawberry Plains Creative Writing Club.
Pellissippi State Community College’s Fall Choral Concert is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The performance features student groups, including the Concert Chorale and Variations Ensemble, as well as student soloists. The performance, part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, is free and the community is welcome.
The Knoxville Watercolor Society Exhibition is on display at Pellissippi State Community College through Oct. 23 in the Bagwell Center Gallery on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The exhibit features current work by Knoxville Watercolor Society members. The event, part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, is free and the community is welcome.
Pellissippi State Community College recognizes World Food Day with a lecture by Ron Bridges, a science professor at the college; his wife, Brenda; and Mark Tedsen, a Knoxville Permaculture Guild representative, Friday, Oct. 16. The lecture, themed “Think Global, Eat Local,” is 12:50-1:45 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The speakers will emphasize sustainable practices for increasing food security that can be done at home. The event is free and open to the community.
Appalachian storytellers headline Pellissippi State Community College’s premier Storytelling Festival. The event is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The festival is free and open to the community. It takes place in the Courtyard, with a rain location of the Goins Building Auditorium. Each storyteller will tell a tale lasting between 25-30 minutes. Speakers: Janice Brooks-Headrick, Rick Elliott, Susan Fulbright, Cuz Headrick, Ruthie McIntyre and Millie Sieber.
Named the “Instrumental Band of the Decade” by Irish American News, the Brock McGuire Band headlines a special musical performance at Pellissippi State Community College Wednesday, Oct. 7.
The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The performance is free and the community is invited. The event is co-presented by The Arts at Pellissippi State and the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies.
The Brock McGuire Band is fronted by Paul Brock and Manus McGuire, joined by Garry O’Meara and Denis Carey. The group’s repertoire includes mostly Irish music, but sprinkles in arrangements of old-time American, bluegrass, French-Canadian and other Celtic musical traditions.
“TnCIS came to know the Brock McGuire Band on location in Dublin during the TnCIS Ireland study abroad program,” said Tracey Bradley, TnCIS executive director. “The students and faculty were so impressed and inspired by the music that we decided to bring the Brock McGuire Band to Pellissippi State so the whole college and community could experience the same taste of Irish culture.”
TnCIS, whose headquarters are at Pellissippi State, is a consortium of schools that 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.
The Arts at Pellissippi State brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.
For more information about the Arts at Pellissippi State offerings for 2015-2016, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at (865) 539-7401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.