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Dr. Jan Simek To Give Manitou Cave Presentation at NACC

December 05, 2022

Dr. Simek is pictured here. He will be presenting at NACC on January 19, 2023.

University of Tennessee Emeritus Professor and Distinguished Professor of Science Dr. Jan Simek will give a presentation at Northeast Alabama Community College at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 19, 2023, regarding cave inscriptions in Manitou Cave in Fort Payne. The lecture will be held in the small auditorium of the William M. Beck Fine Arts Center.

Since coming to the University of Tennessee in 1984, Dr. Simek has served as Head of the Anthropology Department. From 2009 to 2011, he served as the 24th President of the University of Tennessee and was named President Emeritus by the Board of Trustees. He has published over 100 scholarly works, with a great deal of focus on the caves of France, as well as those of the Cumberland Plateau and Appalachian Mountains.

In 2015 Dr. Simek said of Manitou, “The cave is an incredible place, and we will learn more and more as time goes on. The cave is a very important place from the point of view of Cherokee history and culture." This event is hosted by NACC’s Cecil B. Word Learning Resources Center. The doors will open at 9:30 a.m., and the event is open to the public. For more information regarding this event please contact Blake Wilhelm at or 256-638-4418, ext. 2288.

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