On March 16, 2018, Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) will celebrate twenty-five years of its annual Arts and Humanities Speakers’ Forum. The event will be held in the Tom Bevill Lyceum from 9 AM-6 PM. Six authors who have participated in this event over the past twenty-five years are returning to offer insight into their writing process, read excerpts from their works, and take part in question and answer sessions with the audience. The forum will also include two panel discussions--one panel that will address Appalachian literature and a second that will focus on “The Rough South” or “Grit Lit.” The event is open to faculty, staff, and students of NACC as well as the general public at no cost.
The authors discussing Appalachian literature are Darnell Arnoult, Silas House, and Mark Powell. After reading excerpts of their works, the panel will discuss Appalachian literature as a genre, its past, its present, and its future. The audience will be encouraged to participate in a Q&A. The second panel will focus on “Grit Lit” and will begin with readings which will be followed with the panel discussion. Panelists for this session will be Tom Franklin, Michael Knight, and George Singleton. Following the panels, participants will be invited to stay for a reception and book signing at which time they will have the opportunity to talk with the authors.
Ms. Joan Reeves, Chair of the English and Fine Arts Division and writer of the grant that funded this event remarked, “Our president, Dr. David Campbell, is to be commended for envisioning this program twenty-five years ago for the NACC students, faculty, and staff as well as the general public. The returning authors who have participated as featured speakers are excited to be coming back to NACC and participate in this celebration. Also, we are truly grateful to the Alabama Humanities Foundation (AHF) for its recognition of this event through its generous grant.”
"Mrs. Reeves as always has done an outstanding job organizing this forum," stated NACC President, Dr. David Campbell. "The forum has truly an all-star lineup of Southern writers.
To her great credit, Mrs. Reeves, her staff, and students have developed the forum into one of the leading literary events in the South."
A private, nonprofit organization, the Alabama Humanities Foundation (AHF) is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information about the Alabama Humanities Foundation, visit http://www.alabamahumanities.org.
For more information about the Arts and Humanities Speakers’ Forum contact Joan Reeves at email@example.com or 256-638-4418, ext. 2231.
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