Pellissippi State hosts self-defense classes for women

Pellissippi State Community College will offer two non-credit self-defense classes for women and teens in September and October.

Women’s Basic Self-Defense is open to women and teens ages 13 and up. Participants will follow the Women’s Self-Defense Institute Girls on Guard program, which teaches how to use the whole body in self-defense maneuvers. Participants also will learn how to quickly identify potential predators and the common lures such a predator might use.

Class dates and times are 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Sept. 10, or Saturday, Oct. 29. Cost of the course is $40.

The Girls on Guard: Six-Week Women’s Self Defense Course is open to women and teens over age 14. Participants will learn advanced self-protection skills geared specifically for women, as practiced in the Girls on Guard program from the Women’s Self-Defense Institute. In this course, participants will learn and practice self-defense techniques with a real person, especially how to escape from a potential predator.

Instructors will discuss internet, workplace and dating safety as well as basic awareness techniques and appropriate responses to threatening situations. Class times are 7-8:30 p.m., Thursdays from Sept. 15 to Oct. 20. Cost of the course is $89.

Both courses are offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services division, which offers workforce development, customized skills training and personalized, non-credit courses. For more information or to register for these courses, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call 865-539-7167.

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

 

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Community invited to discussion of Electoral College at Pellissippi State

Virgil Davis
Virgil Davis

To kick off this year’s Common Academic Experience, Pellissippi State Community College invites the community to attend a presentation on the Electoral College and its role in presidential elections.

The presentation is part of Pellissippi State’s annual Convocation ceremony, which will be held from noon-1 p.m., Sept. 7, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the College’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The event is free to attend.

“This is an excellent chance to link common political arguments — some of which embody the concept of bad arguments — with the year’s Common Book,” said Virgil Davis, Pellissippi State faculty member and the Convocation presenter.

The Common Academic Experience is a yearlong discussion of issues — both in and out of class — related to a Common Book that all freshmen students read.

This year’s Common Book is “An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments” by Ali Almossawi, illustrated by Alejandro Giraldo. The “Book of Bad Arguments” introduces readers to the field of logical reasoning, or the science of making a well-reasoned argument.

Davis’s presentation will include a look at why America’s founding fathers chose to implement an Electoral College and the five-step process of electing a president, as well as include a discussion of political parties and the 2016 presidential election.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability for 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 inaugural James Agee Conference for Literature and Arts

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Pellissippi State Community College invites aspiring writers, scholars and fans of Appalachian literature to attend the inaugural James Agee Conference for Literature and Arts, Sept. 9-10.

The free conference will feature dozens of scholarly and creative presentations led by noted Appalachian authors and scholars, including Pellissippi State’s own English assistant professor Charles Dodd White and writer-in-residence Ed Francisco. Leading a master class on creative nonfiction will be Karen McElmurray, the author of “Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven,” which won the Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing. A poetry master class will be led by Linda Parsons, poet, playwright and editor of “Now & Then” magazine. Finally, novelist Mark Powell will lead a fiction master class. Powell is author of “The Dark Corner” and “Prodigals.”

A keynote presentation and book signing by Crystal Wilkinson, author of “Blackberries, Blackberries,” “Water Street” and “The Birds of Opulence” will complete the two-day schedule. Wilkinson, a Kentucky native, is writer-in-residence at Berea College.

The James Agee Conference for Literature and Arts will be held on Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. To register for the free event, or for more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/ageeconference.

Event attendees will have time to network with other writers and creators, meet and mingle with the featured authors and speak to local publishing houses.

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 Announcements: Non-credit courses available in September

Pellissippi State Community College offers the non-credit course Basic Digital Photography at its Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Learn to effectively use a digital camera and gain basic knowledge about exposure, composition, lighting and color theory. Students must bring their own digital SLR camera. Class times are 6:15-8:15 p.m., Wednesdays, Sept. 14 to Oct. 12. Cost is $109. For more information or to register online, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs.

Pellissippi State Community College offers the non-credit course Appalachian Dulcimer Beginner Course at its Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Learn to play the traditional Appalachian mountain dulcimer. No prior musical knowledge is necessary. Students must bring their own dulcimers or acquire one after the first class session. Class times are 5:30-7 p.m., Thursdays, Sept. 15 to Nov. 10. Cost is $95 with a $37 materials fee. Class space is limited to 12; register at www.pstcc.edu/bcs.

Pellissippi State Community College offers the non-credit course Our Appalachia: Uncivil Conflict in the Coves: The Civil War in Southern Appalachia at its Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway. Learn the history and legacy of the Civil War in Appalachia. Class times are 6:15-8:15 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 13 to Oct. 25. Cost is $89 plus a $15 materials fee. To register, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs.

 

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