Chat­tanooga State’s Hu­man­i­ties and Fine Arts Divi­sion launches fifth Chau­tauqua Se­ries

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The Hu­man­i­ties and Fine Arts Divi­sion of Chat­tanooga State Com­mu­nity Col­lege launches its fifth an­nual Chau­tauqua Lec­ture Se­ries to­day.

The se­ries is in­spired by pro­grams be­gun in 1874 on the shores of Chau­tauqua Lake in New York State, where peo­ple gath­ered to en­joy speak­ers, mu­si­cians and spe­cial­ists who en­ter­tained and ed­u­cated mem­bers of the com­mu­nity. Since 2014, Chat­tanooga State has hosted its own Chau­tauqua, bring­ing to­gether fac­ulty, stu­dents, staff and the com­mu­nity to ex­plore top­ics within the hu­man­i­ties.

Chat­tanooga State’s Chau­tauqua Se­ries will fea­ture the re­search of seven Hu­man­i­ties and Fine Arts fac­ulty mem­bers, as well as the se­ries fi­nale of Writ­ers@ Work next April with vis­it­ing au­thors Beth Ann Fen­nelly and Tom Franklin.

Each of the free, hour­long pro­grams will be­gin at 2 p.m. They will be held in Kol­wyck Li­brary and In­for­ma­tion Com­mons on Chat­tanooga State’s main cam­pus, 4501 Am­ni­cola High­way.


› Sept. 20: Juan An­to­nio Alonso speaks on “One Mind, Seven Thou­sand Tongues: Unity and Di­ver­sity in World Lan­guages.” He will ex­plore the para­dox­i­cal di­ver­sity and unity of world lan­guages, ad­vo­cat­ing for an equal sta­tus for all hu­man lan­guages.

› Oct. 18: Mindy Grif­fin and Mollee Shan­non present “Dou­ble, Dou­ble, Toil and Trou­ble: The His­tory of Witch­craft and De­monic Women in Lit­er­a­ture, Me­dia and Cul­ture,” an ex­plo­ration of his­tor­i­cal and con­tem­po­rary no­tions of witches and witch­craft, with a spe­cific em­pha­sis on the 1600s and Salem Witch Tri­als.

› Nov. 15: Julie Bar­croft and Evans Jarne­feldt present “Mo­bi­liz­ing Em­pa­thy: The En­counter of ‘Oth­er­ness’ Through Art,” which ex­am­ines how art can help un­cover power dy­nam­ics, cul­tural en­coun­ters and per­sonal iden­tity.

› Feb. 21, 2019: Kath­eryn Thompson speaks on “Border­lands: The Land Be­tween and the Find­ing and Cre­ation of Self,” which con­nects Glo­ria An­zaldúa’s con­cept of the thresh­old be­tween two worlds with broader lit­er­ary and ed­u­ca­tional con­texts.

› March 21, 2019: Eric Niemi’s pre­sen­ta­tion “Play­ing With Rit­u­als: How Board Games Im­pact Cul­ture” cov­ers a brief his­tory of board games and dis­cusses how these games im­pact cul­ture.

› April 11, 2019: In part­ner­ship with t he Hu­man­i­ties Depart­ment’s Writ­ers@Work pro­gram, vis­it­ing au­thors Beth Ann Fen­nelly and Tom Franklin will dis­cuss their col­lab­o­ra­tive novel “The Tilted World,” as well as the craft of writ­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion: keri. l amb@ chat­tanoogas­


Juan An­to­nio Alonso will open the Chau­tauqua Lec­ture Se­ries at Chat­tanooga State Com­mu­nity Col­lege to­day at 2 p.m.

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