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
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:
For more information on the NEH Institute
at Ferrum College this summer visit this site:
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.