Roller presents ‘Cosmic Possums’

It might sound a little trippy, but “Cosmic Possums” is actually a term that denotes Appalachians who have transcended change and retained their mountain roots.

And that’s precisely what Patricia Roller, associate professor of English, will discuss when she presents “Cosmic Possums: Appalachian Literature” at 12:25 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus.

All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

“Cosmic Possums” is a Common Academic Experience event tied to the 2015-2016 Common Book, “The United States of Appalachia: How Southern Mountaineers Brought Independence, Culture, and Enlightenment to America,” by Jeff Biggers.

“Cosmic possum is a term coined by Jane Hicks that refers to the cultural phenomenon of the people in Appalachia who are devoted to carrying on traditions even in the face of immense change, whether it’s culture, technology, politics or economics. They represent this mindset of the ‘cosmic possum,” Roller said.

The event will feature readings by English faculty members Eddie Francisco and Carol Luther and will spotlight the works of Appalachian writers Sharyn McCrumb, Ray Hicks and Marilou Awiakta.