Pellissippi State: Indie wrestling topic of March 26 Faculty Lecture Series talk

Portrait of a man with a mustache in navy blue suit with a yellow tieTurn reality on its head.

That’s the goal of John E. May, a photographer and Pellissippi State Community College faculty member, when he takes on the topic of independent wrestling at a Faculty Lecture Series talk Wednesday, March 26.

May’s lecture, “Indie Wrestling: Fabricating Reality,” begins at 2 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The lecture is free and the community is invited.

“I’ve been photographing indie wrestling for about six years now. I’m fascinated by the spectacle of the event,” said May, an assistant professor in the Photography concentration of the Media Technologies program.

“When I tell people about photographing indie wrestling, normally what I hear is ‘It’s fake.’ Indie wrestling is a constructed reality, but so are movies and reality TV and fiction. During this lecture, we’re going to discuss constructed reality and turn it on its head.”

May plans to discuss the history of wrestling and take lecture attendees behind the scenes of an indie wrestling match. The independent wrestling circuit is made up of the smaller professional events as opposed to the major televised promotions.

The Faculty Lecture Series is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, which brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

To learn more about “Indie Wrestling: Fabricating Reality” or The Arts at Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or