Like a little old-time folk music with your scholarly discourse? Lupton Library, along with the English Department of UTC, is sponsoring the Emma Bell Miles Symposium on Southern Appalachian Culture & Nature on Sept. 9-10. Emma Bell Miles (1879-1919) was a Walden’s Ridge artist, writer, naturalist and poet. This two day symposium will feature speakers and performers presenting a variety of material related to Miles and the region. Musical performances, tours of sites related to Miles (both in Chattanooga and her residences on Walden’s Ridge), poetry, art, and storytelling round out the symposium. The symposium will feature two key note addresses. The first is by Dr. Grace Toney Edwards, professor emeritus of Appalachian Studies and English at Radford University, and current Research Faculty Associate of the Appalachian Regional Studies Center at Radford University. The second key note address is by Dr. Elizabeth Engelhardt, from the Department of American Studies at the University of Texas. This is the second symposium in what is to be an annual event.
The symposium activities are free and the public is invited. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to attend & support this new event.