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Content about 2015

December 17, 2015

"School visits inspire and energize - and not just the students! I walk away a better writer every time I get to meet readers."

As part of its programming for youth, Humanities Tennessee supports creative writers and authors who visit elementary, middle, and high schools across the state, bringing programs to readers and discussion that invigorates the classroom and beyond. We connect educators and authors for events at their schools and when possible, provide a free copy of the visiting author’s book to each participating student, all thanks to grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the Nashville Predators Foundation, a

December 8, 2015

The Tom & OE Stigall Museum in Humboldt hosts author John F. Baker, Jr., for a lecture in conjunction with "Slaves & Slaveholders of Wessyngton Plantation," currently on view at the museum.

Join the Tom & O.E. Stigall Museum in welcoming John F. Baker, Jr., for a lecture at the Boys & Girls Club followed by a reception at the museum for the "Slaves & Slaveholders of Wessyngton Plantation" exhibit, on tour from the TN State Museum.

Baker authored a book on the subject of his ancestors, who were slaves at Wessyngton in Robertson County, TN.

Saturday, December 12th, Book Signing 2pm, Lecture/Discussion 3-4:30pm, Exhibit Tours & Reception 5pm

December 3, 2015

Join the Multicultural Museum of Hardeman County for a public discussion facilitated by Dr. Charles McKinney on December 13 at 3pm.

Using excerpts from the Emamcipation Proclamation, James Baldwin's "Letter to My Nephew," and the film Slavery by Another Name, this lively conversation will reflect on the legacy of emancipation at its centennial and in the present day.

Hosted by the Mutlticultural Museum of Hardeman County, and facilitated by Dr. Charles McKinney, Associate Professor and Director of Africanan Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis.

Sunday, December 13, 3pm

November 2, 2015
Poet Bobby C. Rogers will be honored at a reading and reception on Tuesday, November 17 at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. The event is free to the public and begins at 6:30 pm. 
Poet Bobby C. Rogers, a professor at Union University in Jackson, has received the prestigious 2015 Witter Bynner Fellowship. The fellowship was bestowed by National Poet Laureate Charles Wright, a native Tennessean. 
 
November 2, 2015

Fernandez joined the HT team as Office Administrator in April of 2015. Here she shares a bit about herself and her love of the humanities. 

Jenny Fernandez joined the Humanities Tennessee team as Office Administrator in April of 2015. She plays an integral role in the daily workings of the office, as well as in the volunteer and on-site logistics of the Southern Festival of Books. Jenny took some time to answer a few questions about her experience, hobbies, and love of the humanities: 

October 30, 2015

It takes a year to produce the Festival, and a few hours to pack it all up on Sunday night. This year, as every year, we are profoundly grateful to the organizations, donors, volunteers and writers who made it all happen once again. We hope you made it your Festival, and we’ll do it again next year! 

Did you spot Waldo? 
 
Meet Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dennis Dunaway
 
Listen to Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks read from her new novel? 
October 26, 2015

Poet Bobby C. Rogers, a professor at Union University in Jackson, has received the prestigious 2015 Witter Bynner Fellowship. Rogers will be honored at a reading and reception on Tues., Nov. 17 at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. The event is free to the public and begins with at 6:30 pm. 

Poet Bobby C. Rogers, a professor at Union University in Jackson, has received the prestigious 2015 Witter Bynner Fellowship. The fellowship was bestowed by National Poet Laureate Charles Wright, a native Tennessean.

October 20, 2015

A public discussion hosted by the Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville, 2-4pm.

The third in a six-part series of programs, "Let's Talk About War," this event features the personal recollections of veterans, and explores what can be learned from them.  Facilitators include documentarian Ms. Henri Giles and Mr. John Ashworth. 

Saturday, November 21, 2pm-4pm, Delta Heritage Center, Brownsville, TN.

The series is sponsored by the Geneva Miller Historical Society and partly funded by a grant from Humanities Tennessee.
 

 

October 14, 2015

4th-12th graders are encouraged to READ!, BE INSPIRED!, and WRITE! Entry deadline is January 11, 2016.

Enter the Letters About Literature (LAL) contest today! It is a great way to get your young people to think critically about something they've read and how and why it made them see the world or themselves differently. LAL meets Common Core Standards for writing, too!

October 1, 2015

Humanitites Tennessee and the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities are pleased to present this special track of sessions at the 27th annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word, October 9-11, 2015.

September 28, 2015

Humanities Tennessee presents the 2nd annual Literary Death Match, a fundraiser for the Southern Festival of Books. Literary Death Match presents a  thrilling mix of four famous and emerging authors who perform their most electric writing in seven minutes or less before a lively audience and a panel of three all-star judges. 

September 28, 2015

Humanities Tennessee presents the 2nd annual Literary Death Match, a fundraiser for the Southern Festival of Books. 

Humanities Tennessee presents the 2nd annual Literary Death Match, a fundraiser for the Southern Festival of Books. Literary Death Match presents a  thrilling mix of four famous and emerging authors who perform their most electric writing in seven minutes or less before a lively audience and a panel of three all-star judges.

September 28, 2015

Adriana Trigiani will appear at the Nashville Public Library on Monday, Oct. 26, with All the Stars in the Heavens.

September 22, 2015


T
he Faith and Culture Center will present the conference on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 8am-4pm. 

Find registration and program information here

September 10, 2015

If you're looking for a particular author you can easily find them by using Ctrl + F to search. If you're looking for a particular day, you can jump to Saturday here and Sunday here.

Youth sessions are in orange, Understanding Islam sessions are in green, and all authors will have a signing immediately following their session in the Signing Colonnade. Enjoy!

September 8, 2015

Create your own schedule, get up to the minute changes, and more!

 
 

 

Download the free Southern Festival of Books app!

August 28, 2015

The bilingual traveling exhibit will be on display at John Early Museum Magnet Middle School until Oct. 26. 

The bilingual, traveling exhibit, "Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964," will be on display at the John Early Museum Magnet Middle School.

August 28, 2015

This Reforming Arts performance will take place in the auditorium at Cleveland State Community College, Cleveland, TN. The cast is comprised of formerly incarcerated women who write and perform about their experiences after release.

This Reforming Arts performance will take place in the auditorium at Cleveland State Community College, Cleveland, TN, 5:30-7:00pm. The cast is comprised of formerly incarcerated women who write and perform about their experiences after release.

August 28, 2015

In conjunction with the "Bittersweet Harvest" exhibit, John Early Museum Magnet Middle School will host a public conversation, guided exhibit tours.

In conjunction with the showing of the "Bittersweet Harvest" exhibit, John Early Museum Magnet Middle School will host Museum Night, 5pm-8pm, in the school's newly opened 1800 square foot exhibit space.

Events include a public conversation, "Life on the Fence: A Long View of Guest Worker Programs, " 5pm-6:30pm, and student led tours of "Bittersweet Harvest" and the school's first exhibit, "The Five Themes of Culture," with artifacts from the former Scarritt College collection.

August 28, 2015

The Kingston Public Library will host a public discussion on Oct. 1. 

The Kingston Public Library will host a public discussion, "Warriors in the Workforce: From Combat to the Job Market" on October 1. Contact melissa@humanitiestennessee.org for more information. 

August 28, 2015

Eat, drink, and be literary! The 8th annual Authors in the Round dinner will take place on Friday, Oct. 9 at War Memorial Auditorium in downtown Nashville as part of the Southern Festival of Books. 

August 28, 2015

Elizabeth Gilbert will appear at Hume Fogg High school with her latest, Big Magic, as part of Salon@615 Special Edition events. Tickets cost $30 and include a copy of the book. 

Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

August 28, 2015

Jonathan Franzen will appear at the Blair School of Music with his latest book, Purity. A copy of the book is included in the $33.50 ticket price. 

Jonathan Franzen, Purity

Ingram Hall, Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt
Wed, Sep 23 6:15 PM
COST: $33.50 - includes copy of book
Advanced tickets available now

August 28, 2015

SOLD OUT. Patti Smith comes to Nashville with her latest book, M Train

Update: This Salon@615 Special Edition event with Patti Smith is SOLD OUT. Tickets will not be available at the door for this event.