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NEH INSTITUTE BRINGS WRITERS MORGAN & SMITH TO FERRUM

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April 30, 2004

 Dean Browell ,  (540) 365-4301, dbrowell@ferrum.edu

        Ferrum College will host a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for College and University Teachers June 3-29, 2004 that will feature public readings by writers Robert Morgan and Lee Smith. Robert Morgan will be reading at 7:00 pm, Mon., June 7. Lee Smith will be reading at 7:00 pm, Mon., June 14. The readings are free and open to the public.

      Novelist and poet Robert Morgan recently published a collection of Poems entitled The Strange Attractor by Louisiana State University Press. Morgan’s novels include Brave Enemies, This Rock, The Truest Pleasure and The Hinterlands. Morgan’s novel Gap Creek was a New York Times Bestseller and selected for Oprah’s Book Club. Morgan is a Kappa Alpha Professor of English at Cornell and has served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Writing at Appalachian State University a visiting writer at Furman University and a Blackburn Distinguished Visiting Writer at Duke.

      Lee Smith is the author of nine novels, including Oral History, Saving Grace, The Devil’s Dream and Fair and Tender Ladies, as well as three collections of stories including, News of the Spirit. Her latest novel, The Last Girls, was a New York Times bestseller as well as co-winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award. A retired professor of English at North Carolina State University, she received an Academy Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1999.

      From a range of disciplines and at both campus and community locations, the Institute will examine Appalachian issues that link regional study to the liberal arts. Leaders expect to choose participants from many regions of the country, not just Appalachia. The twenty-five teachers selected for the NEH Summer Institute, "Regional Study and the Liberal Arts: Appalachia Up Close," will receive stipends of $2,800 each. Institute faculty are Cece Conway, Stephen Fisher, Tina Hanlon, Patricia Johnson, Clyde Kessler, George Loveland, Ralph Lutts, Susan Mead, Roddy Moore, Robert Morgan, Anita Puckett, Franki Patton Rutherford, Crandall Shifflett, Lee Smith, Carolyn Thomas, Altina Waller, Vaughan Webb, and Daniel Woods. The director is Peter Crow.

A high-resolution photo of Lee Smith is available at: http://www.ferrum.edu/news/2004Spring/lee.jpg. A high-resolution photo of Robert Morgan is available at: http://www.ferrum.edu/news/2004Spring/morgan.jpg.

     For more information on the NEH Institute at Ferrum College this summer visit this site: http://www.ferrum.edu/neh04/.
Ferrum College is a four-year, private, co-educational, liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Ferrum offers a choice of nationally recognized bachelor’s degree programs at a cost well below the national average for private colleges. For more information on Ferrum, visit www.ferrum.edu.
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