Pellissippi State hosts Appalachian expert George Brosi

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George Brosi
George Brosi

Pellissippi State Community will host Appalachian expert George Brosi for a presentation April 28.

The presentation, “Appalachia Then and Now,” begins at 2 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. It is free and the community is invited to attend. Brosi will have a display of Appalachian books for sale following his presentation.

Brosi, a 1960 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, will discuss major cultural and social changes in Southern Appalachia since the time he was a student in East Tennessee.

“The first picket line I walked was at a segregated laundromat in Oak Ridge in 1961,” Brosi said. “When I was growing up, there were still deep coal mines in Anderson County. Knowing the historical perspective of things like this gives us hope that really dramatic social changes are possible in America.”

Brosi is the owner of Appalachian Mountain Books, a seller of books specializing in books about Southern Appalachia. He was editor of Appalachian Heritage literary magazine for more than a decade, and has served as an English and Appalachian studies instructor in Kentucky’s higher education system, including at the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University. Brosi also co-edited “No Lonesome Road: Selected Prose and Poems of Don West” with Jeff Biggers, the author of Pellissippi State’s Common Book, “The United States of Appalachia.”

“I’m really glad the students at Pellissippi State have the opportunity to read Jeff’s book,” Brosi said. “It’s a wonderful introduction to regional life, and it really helps students have a feeling of pride about where they’re from.”

Brosi’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 of a Common Book — this academic year, “The United States of Appalachia” — which becomes the basis of a year-long discussion of issues related to the book.

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. For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.

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