to Sep 22

Ready for the World Music Series

LATIN AMERICA:  Sunday, October 12,  with Duo Roldan, Ana Ruth Bermúdez, Cello, and Rene Izquierdo, Guitar.  Miroslav Hristov, Director

The University of Tennessee, Natalie L. Haslam Music Center

12:30 PM - Exhibits of Artistic and Cultural Artifacts and Reception, Lobby, NLH Music Center

2:00 PM - Musical Presentation and Short Lecture, Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall

EASTERN EUROPE AND EAST ASIA concerts coming up in 2015


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to Sep 22

Book Drive to Benefit Centro Hispano

Join UT Libraries, Friends of the Knox County Public Library, HoLa and Centro Hispano in the creation of a library for Centro Hispano de East Tennessee.

Books Needed:  fiction or non-fiction in spanish, biography, short stories, collections and anthologies, novels, inspirational, personal growth, self-esteem and youth fiction in Spanish, GED and ACT Study Guides, Career Services, College Guides and other reference guides in English.

Drop-Off Locations include:  University of TN International House, Rothrock in Lawson McGhee Library, Centro Hispano, and Hola Festival.  

Contact:  Rossy Toledo at

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5:30pm 5:30pm

Grupo de Escritores

Atención a todos los escritores y poetas del Este de Tennessee que hablen español, 

La escritora Elena Landa y yo queremos convocarlos a una reunión de información. Pretendemos formar una asociación/gremio de escritores que se reúna una vez al mes, para leerse, auto-criticarse, intercambiar ideas, organizar eventos, etc. Eventualmente y si se forma un grupo de por lo menos cinco personas, queremos registrarnos como un grupo de Knoxville Writers' Guild ( Por favor, si saben de alguien interesado en nuestro grupo, no dejen de pasar este correo. La reunión está pactada para el miércoles 25 de junio a las 5:30 pm. Nos reuniremos en Panera de Cedar Bluff (a un lado de Dicks Sporting Goods). Cualquier información pueden comunicarse conmigo, al, o Elena Landa 865-235-9519

¡Los esperamos!

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5:00pm 5:00pm

World Refugee Day 2014

Celebrate the lives of refugees in Knoxville with a night of refugee stories,

food, and cultural displays. Special guest speaker Drocella Mugorewera,

former Environmental Minister of Rwanda, will tell her story of fleeing

Rwanda and finding home in Knoxville.

JUNE 20, 2014 | 5 - 7 PM

The Standard | 416 W. Jackson Ave.

5 - 6:15 PM: Open house and light refreshments

6:15 PM: Program and guest speaker Drocella Mugorewera

Circle Modern Dance performance New Terrain featuring refugee dancers

and storytellers to follow

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5:30pm 5:30pm

Donate your used books to a good cause/Done sus libros usados a una buena causa.

A great use of your gently used books:  The Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office hosts an annual book drive collecting and donating thousands of books to the 
inmate library at the Knox County Sheriff’s Detention Facility each year. The book drive promotes literacy among the hundreds of inmates jailed in Knox County at no expense to taxpayers. There is no restriction as to length. Books must be:  1. paperback, 2. not sexually explicit, and 3. have no handwriting/highlighting.  To participate: Drop of your gently used books by June 20 in the lobby of Northshore Pellissippi Storage (across from Publix at the I-140/Northshore interchange) on Monday – Friday 9-6 PM and Saturdays 9-3 PM or at the Community Law Office,, 1101 Liberty Street.  The CLO staff is also willing to pick-up.  Call them at  594-6120 to make arrangements. 

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6:00pm 6:00pm

Ericson Alexander Molano - June 8

Dear Friend,
Please get the word out about this fundraising event for a church that is serving the Hispanic community in Gatlinburg, TN.
Per attached poster: Live concert in Spanish with singer Ericson Alexander Molano,  Sunday June 8th. 2014 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. For information  865-556-3413 / 865-661-3451  - Thank you
Por favor corran la voz respecto a este evento en español para beneficio de una iglesia que está sirviendo a la comunidad hispana en Gatlinburg, TN.
Afiche adjunto: Concierto en vivo en español con el cantante Ericson Alexander Molano, domingo 8 de junio de 2014 en el Centro Convenciones Gatlinburg. Para información, llame 865-556-3413 / 865-661-3451 - Gracias

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5:00pm 5:00pm

Position Open: Admissions Counselor at Maryville College

From Admissions Counselor Maryville College is seeking applicants for the position of Admissions Counselor. This is a full-time position. *Required - Enter Requisition # 1418 Job Status: Exempt, E-1 Job Summary: Responsible for counseling prospective students and families concerning admission and enrollment at Maryville College. Manages relationships with prospective students and their families from an assigned geographical territory via telephone, email and letters. Identifies, recruits and works with potential Maryville College students by attending college fairs, visiting high schools, and by making personal contacts through phone calls, e-mails and mailings. Represents the College at public events both on and off campus including open houses, scholars’ weekends and Saturday morning campus visits. Develops relationships with key individuals who have significant influence on prospective students, including but not limited to: parents, guidance counselors, teachers, alumni, and ministers. Evaluates and processes admissions application and gathers additional information as needed by the Admissions Committee. Counsels students in the financial aid process. Ability to work independently as well as part of a group. Requirements: Bachelor's degree required with an understanding of the liberal arts and church-related colleges, preferably gained through experience at a similar institution. Evening and weekend hours and overnight travel is required. Admission experience is preferred. Basic knowledge of computers required. A valid Tennessee Driver’s license is required. To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references to; complete the online employment application at, and include job requisition number 1418 on the application. Maryville College is an Equal Employment Opportunity employPosition

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1:00pm 1:00pm

Knox Kicks Soccer Tournament - World Cup 2014 - Sat, April 26

My name is Shelby Flinn, and I am working with the Center for Sport, Peace, and Society this semester through UT. We are hosting a soccer tournament for kids in Knoxville at the Lady Vols Soccer Stadium on Saturday, April 26th from 1 to 5 pm, and our hope for the day is that we can celebrate the diversity of Knoxville through promoting unity. 

We would love to involve any children in the community that would enjoy and benefit from this event! I attached a flyer that contains all the information on how to register and some of the attractions of the event. We are going to provide food and there is no cost to those who participate. Parents are also welcome to stay while their children participate.

Music . Food .  Dancing . Soccer . Carnival Games

Come one, come all! Join us on Saturday, April 26 at Regal Soccer Stadium for our fourth annual Knox Kicks World Cup Soccer Festival! Enjoy a day in the sun playing soccer and making new friends. Children and adults of all ages are welcome. This event is free and open to the public. Snacks provided!

Register online! or by emailing

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Villamaría at Maryville College - April 26
8:00am 8:00am

Villamaría at Maryville College - April 26

The Villamaría Symposium at Maryville College:
Highlighting the Latino Communities 
of East Tennessee

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM



Who is Latino? 
Identity and Culture 

In order to be effective representatives of our culture, we need to know not only who we are but how we are seen by the mainstream culture.

Originally from Puerto Rico, Dr. Velázquez has been a resident of Knoxville for the last 37 years.  She is retired from the University of Tennessee where she served as Adjunct Professor, Principal Investigator and Project Director for a federally funded program serving migrant and seasonal farm workers.  She has a B.A. in Humanities degree from the University of Puerto Rico and an M. S. in Counseling and an Ed. D. in Adult Education from UTK.  Upon retirement, she founded Hispanics in Education and Training, a staff development and consulting service to organizations wanting to reach the Latino community.   She is active within the Latino and mainstream communities, serving on the Board of Directors for several organizations. 



25 Years of Mexican Food in Maryville 

Daniel Gomez, a 2010 graduate of Maryville College, and his father, Francisco Gomez, who owns Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant in Maryville, will share their perspective on the changing face of Latin American cuisine in East Tennessee.



Relevant submissions are welcome from educators and students as well as community organizations and their members.

Proposals should be submitted online, or emailed to villamarí, and should contain the following information. Notification of acceptance will be sent by April 10

Name of Presenter(s): 
Title and/or Organization/Affiliation of Presenter(s): 
Title of Presentation: 
Brief Summary of Presentation (200 words or less): 
Preferred Format (all are 45-minute sessions): 

  • Standard presentation w/ question/discussion period afterward 
  • Panel of speakers/organizations 
  • Interactive workshop/activity 
  • Poster presentation

Email Address: 
Phone Number: 
Mailing Address: 



Register by April 19 to attend the conference, either online or by emailing the following information to villamarí

Title and/or Organization/Affiliation of Presenter (if applicable):
Email Address: 
Phone Number: 
Mailing Address: 
Registration fee will be waived and a small stipend will be offered to presenters. For all others wishing to attend the symposium, registration fee will be $10 (includes lunch) payable by credit card (online) or by check mailed to: 

Villamaría at Maryville College
502 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy
Maryville, TN 37804

Villamaría at Maryville College is supported by the Kresge Foundation, Excelencia in Education, and the Appalachian College Association.

Villamaria at Maryville College is a new initiative aimed at improving and increasing access to Maryville College for Latino students from surrounding East Tennessee counties. The program seeks to build and strengthen relationships with the Latino community, including an increase in Latino student enrollment.

Our mission: “We will listen, we will learn, and we will serve our region to become the institution of choice for our Latino community.” 

In cooperation with the Appalachian College Association, Excelencia in Education and the Kresge Foundation

Thank you to our community partners! 

Thanks, too, to our on-campus Maryville College partners!

Diversity Action Team
Office of Multicultural Affairs
BRIDGE Student Inclusion Council
Latino Student Alliance

For more information, contact us at villamarí,

or call Crystal Colter at (865) 981-8269.

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to Apr 30

Quality of Life Survery

Dear community members:

"The Community Health Council is partnering with the Knox County Health Department to ask for opinions from at least 3,500 Knox County residents about health and quality of life in our community with an anonymous online survey. We want to hear from you! Please visit this link ( to answer the survey. Survey results will help us decide as a community how our health improvement resources need to be used. For more information go to the Knox County Health Department website (”

 If you could reach out to professional or group contacts that you have and encourage them to take the survey, it would be greatly appreciated. 



 Liliana Burbano-Bonilla  | Safe Routes to School| Healthy Kids Healthy Communities

Knox County Health Department| 140 Dameron Ave| Knoxville | TN | 37917 | USA

+1 865 215 5546|  F +1 865 215 5148  

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Centro Hispano - VISTA Recruitment
to Apr 30

Centro Hispano - VISTA Recruitment

Dear Community Members,
I am pleased to announce that Centro Hispano de East Tennessee is currently recruiting a VISTA Member to reduce dropout rates increasing the academic performance of students, enrolled in grades K-12, in math and reading and encouraging them to continue their studies. 

Please forward this E-mail to your appropriate contacts and anyone who you feel may be interested in serving.  We are looking to fill this position quickly, and would like to thank you in advance for your assistance in getting the word out.  

VISTA Member for The School Success Program Activities will include: Develop an Educational Success Plan in math and reading for students enrolled in grades K-12; identify Knox County Schools with the highest Hispanic populations and discuss with them the Program; identify students that are behind in math and reading and enroll them in the Program; recruit volunteer tutors and organize trainings, and present a final report with the results and evaluation of the Program. The VISTA Member should be proficient in English and Spanish and have skills in Children and Youth Development.

VISTA stands for Volunteers In Service To America, and the VISTA Program is a lot like the PeaceCorps, but Members serve within the United States at a non-profit organization.  VISTA Members serve as full- time volunteers and focus on building capacity and infrastructure to make a lasting impact for the organization and the community.  Benefits of service include an annual living allowance of $11,106, health benefits, relocation allowance, and the choice between two different post-service awards: an education award of $5,645 or a cash stipend of $1,500 (a full list of benefits is attached to this E-mail).    

Interested candidates should apply online following the attached application instructions.  You will need to submit your completed application to the listing titled “The STAR Center (Centro Hispano, Knoxville)”.  Please contact for any questions and/or assistance with the application.   

Best regards,

Nijole Vileikis|Program Director|CENTRO HISPANO de East Tennessee|

Helping families reach their dreams | Ayudando a familias a lograr sus sueños

2455 SUTHERLAND AVE.| KNOXVILLE,  TN  37919 | O: 865.522.0052 M: 865.306.6724 W:  WWW.CENTROHISPANOTN.ORG

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to May 18

Putting Their Dreams on Hold

Dear Anahi,

Each year, thousands of undocumented students graduate in Tennessee with hopes of continuing their education. But no matter how long they have lived in the state, they must pay over three times as much as their US-born peers to attend a public college or university—even if they meet all other residency requirements. Under the leadership of our youth group, JUMP, we have been fighting for tuition equality in Tennessee since 2012. We believe that all Tennessee graduates should be given the same opportunity to continue their education, regardless of their country of birth or immigration status. This year, we brought our fight to the state legislature. 

In January, two bills were filed that would have expanded access to in-state tuition rates to many undocumented Tennessee graduates. One of these bills, SB1951/HB1992, was discussed in committees for more than a month. Yesterday, the bill was moved to the General Subcommittee of the Senate Education Committee, signaling that the bill will not be voted on this year. 

Cesar Bautista, a youth leader and our campaign coordinator, had this to say about the decision to shelve the bill for the year: "It is unfortunate that the legislature has missed an opportunity to strengthen our state's economy, generate revenue for our universities, and give every student the opportunity to pay their fair share for college. When undocumented high school seniors graduate this May, they will have to pay 3 times as much for school, making higher education impossible for most. Immigrant youth have advocated for this bill for two years and we won't quit until every student can pay a fair price for college. Our dreams are what's at stake, and we will never give up."

While we're disappointed by the legislature's inaction, we have many signs of progress to celebrate. Here are just a few:

House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick signed on as co-sponsor. “I think it’s a good idea,” he said. “It’s better to have educated kids than uneducated kids, and it not only helps them and their future, it helps our economy and everyone in Tennessee.”

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce endorsed the bill. According to their release, “The annual cost difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition can be as much as $8,000 for a public university in our region....The proposed legislation aligns with the chamber’s policy principles of increasing the number of postsecondary degrees in the region and immigration-related reforms that address workforce needs.” 

The Interim President of the University of Memphis urged legislators to support the bill and announced a new scholarship fund for undocumented students. President Martin said, "The economic contributions that this group of students could make to our community and our state merit a fresh examination of this issue, one that will encourage degree attainment.”

Dr. Jesse Register, Director of Metro Nashville Public Schools, endorsed the bill and urged Governor Haslam to include undocumented students in the new Tennessee Promise program. “Let’s provide every Tennessee high school graduate the same access to affordable higher education through tuition equality by including all of them in both the in-state tuition promise and the opportunity for two years of community or technical college tuition free,” Register wrote. 

We changed the conversation. One of our goals this year was to shift the narrative about tuition equality, helping people to understand the issue and recognize the real impact of tuition policies on Tennessee students. And we succeeded. We were in the media several times every week during the legislative session--bringing DREAMers' stories into living rooms across Tennessee. Journalists noted the changing tone and softening stance of legislators on this issue. 

Don't worry, we'll be back! 
We're already looking ahead and planning our next steps forward. We are committed to building support for tuition equality across the state and bringing a bill back next year, but we'll need your help! Please join us, and become a TIRRC member today!


Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition
2195 Nolensville Pike
Nashville TN 37211

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How 2B a Responsible Pet Owner - Spanish
9:00am 9:00am

How 2B a Responsible Pet Owner - Spanish

How to be a responsable pet owner  - Cómo ser un dueño de perro responsable - and UT College of Veterinary Medicine Open House

José Grenet, student from the UT-College of Veterinary Medicine, is putting on an event in Spanish, especially for our Hispanic community on Saturday April 19, from 9 AM to 11 AM, at the Young Williams Animal Center, 3201 Division St NW, Knoxville, TN 37919.

 Centro Hispano is on the same campus, but the Animal Center is at the entrance of the John Tarleton Park on your left. If you set your GPS for Centro’s address 2455 Sutherland Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37919, you can also find it that way.

 José will have fun things for children to learn, and will talk about how to take care of your pet and your health, as well as how to be a responsible pet owner.

 Each family will get a FREE voucher at the event so they can have their pet spay or neutered.

 For more information contact José at


José Grenet, estudiante de medicina veterinaria en el Colegio de Knoxville (UT),  presentará un evento en español especialmente para la comunidad hispana, el sábado, 19 de abril de 9 Am a 11 AM, en el Centro de Animales Young Williams, situado en 3201 Division St NW, Knoxville, TN 37919.

 La entrada principal está a la izquierda entrando al parque John Tarleton, que es el parque donde también está Centro Hispano. Si pone la dirección de Centro en su GPS también lo puede encontrar: 2455 Sutherland Avenida, Knoxville, TN 37919.

 José va a tener actividades divertidas para que los niños aprendan, y hablará de cómo cuidar su mascota y su salud. Y como ser un dueño de perro responsable.

 Cada familia que participe en el evento recibirá un vale GRATIS para la esterilización de su perro, o gato.

 Para más información contacte a José at

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to May 6

Fantastic Scholarship Opportunity to attend LMU Duncan School of Law

Estimados Amigos,

My dear friend Bruce Beverly, Associate Professor of Law at Lincoln Memorial University (LMU), Duncan School of Law, has asked me to pass along some very exciting news and possibly what can be described as a once in a lifetime opportunity. LMU is offering unprecedented scholarship opportunities to Hispanic students. 

LMU Law will pay:

·        for an applicant to take the LSAT

·        upwards of 100% three year scholarships

·        for the Bar examination prep course

·        for the Bar examination and licensure. 

They have full and part-time programs, technological advantages, and full support from Lincoln Memorial University as our main collegiate support.  The next LSAT is June 9th, however, the deadline to sign up to take the LSAT is May 6th,  so time is of the essence.

Essentially, LMU Law School is offering – for successful LSAT test takers and folks with bachelor’s degrees -  an amazing chance to have their law degrees paid for, with an incredible amount of academic support and skills classes available.  LMU Law is always looking to increase their diversity, and would heartily welcome applicants from diverse racial and economic backgrounds. 

Please note: LMU is not looking just for the best test scores, but applicants with life experience and a willingness to help the underserved populations of Appalachia.  While currently LMU Law graduates would only be certified to sit for the Tennessee bar, and therefore only be able to practice in this state, the university is confident that they will secure ABA accreditation within the next three years, which would make any entering first year student’s degree from this school sufficient to allow that student to take the Bar in any state.

If you have any questions or need more information, please do not hesitate to reach out to Bruce. His contact information is below. Feel free to pass along this email to any you think might be interested. This is truly a GREAT opportunity!

Bruce L. Beverly, Attorney

Associate Professor of Law

Lincoln Memorial University, Duncan School of Law

601 West Summit Hill Drive

Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

(865) 545-5316

(865) 524-5290 Fax

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to Mar 30




Tennessee-based artist Andrew Saftel will exhibit Las Frutas del Mundo in conjunction with the Big Ears Music Festival, Knoxville, Tennessee, March 28-30, 2014. This exhibit will feature tapestries and related works on paper from an ongoing collaboration between the artist and a family of weavers in Michoacan, Mexico. The exhibit will be open during three afternoon sessions and feature a documentary film about the project by Eduardo Bautista, Morelia, Michoacán. 

Saftel’s tapestry project and works on paper represent a link between the history and culture of the Mexican agricultural heartland and life in rural East Tennessee. 

“What these master artisans have created are not reproductions of the images I drew, but interpretations of them in natural wool: grown, dyed and woven in Michoacán, Mexico. The project has created an ongoing link between two cultures, using the arts to cross a contested border and inject hope and economic possibility into a difficult time for Michoacán,” said Saftel.

Location: Suite 201, The Pembroke, 508 Union Ave., Knoxville, TN  37902

How to find:  at the corner of Walnut and Union, downtown Knoxville

Hours: 2-4 pm on Friday March 28, 11a.m. to 2p.m Saturday March 29, and Sunday March 30 

Las Frutas del Mundo premiered in 2013 at the Centro Cultural Antiguo Colegio Jesuita in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico. La Frontera (The Border), a color woodcut printed in Pátzcuaro, was partially funded by a professional development grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission in 2010. 

The continuing collaboration is documented in a film entitled Las Frutas Del Mundo. Eduardo Bautista/NemesysFilms. <>

For more information about Andrew Saftel, visit 

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to May 10

Tee Off Against Drugs - May 9

The Metropolitan Drug Commission is hosting its third annual "Tee Off Against Drugs" golf tournament. Tom Garner of Harbours Gate is hosting a Walk-A-Thon event to revive the Western Heights community. They are looking for organizations to form teams and participate in this event. (Individuals are also welcomed to sign-up). We would love to promote Hola Hora Latina at this event and bring help to this cause. If you are interested to be part of the "HOLA Team" on Friday, May 9, 2014 at Three Ridges Golf Course, please contact Wanda MacAuley at 865-335-3358 or email Tee time is 1 pm with lunch served at 11:30 am. 

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to Mar 28

Humanities Matters

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Community History Programs Continue to Make Their Mark

Our Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964 exhibit project is in full swing at Casa Azafran in Nashville. More than twenty people joined the public conversation about guest worker programs,"Life on the Fence," in which the bracero period serves as a basis for exploring the 21st century guest worker. The event was facilitated by a panel including Katharine Donato, Edward Wright-Rios, and Lourdes Garza. In partnership with the Nashville Public Library, we spent February collecting the stories of Nashville's foreign-born-folks from Dublin to Havana, Turkey to Bogata and beyond. For more information and a complete tour itinerary visit our project web page.

Our Muslim Journeys: Points of Viewbook discussion series launched in Nashville last fall and will wrap up with a final event in Knoxville on March 10th.  The Knoxville series has seen record attendance at each discussion; an average of fifty audience members gathers to explore the finer points of Muslim-majority cultures, from those in Arabic and Persian nations to the Indian subcontinent.For more information visit our project web page.

Tennessee's Students Write Back

We received 1,534 entries in this year's Letters About Literature contest. Thank you to all of the students who participated this year. We heard from students reacting to Maya Angelou, Melba Patillo Beals, Ray Bradbury, Suzanne Collins, John Green, Langston Hughes, Edgar Allan Poe, Ruta Sepetys, Amy Tan, and many more. 

Congratulations to the following schools with students receiving honorable mentions. 

Read more... 

Presenting Our 2014 Teacher Award Recipients!

We wish to congratulate Brinn Dalton and Jan Loveday Dickens, our 2014 recipients for the Award of Recognition for Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities. Their plans for using the award funding are quite impressive. 

Check them out!

Nashville Reads Kicks Off 2014 Campaign

Humanities Tennessee joins Mayor Karl Dean, Nashville Public Library, the Nashville Public Library Foundation and Parnassus Books to launch the third Nashville Reads campaign. The goal of the yearly initiative is to unite the entire city in reading a great piece of literature at the same time.

This year's Nashville Reads novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler, tells the story of a middle-class American family that is ordinary in every way - except one.


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Scholarships Support Our Community Volunteers

Tennessee is home to several hundred small cultural institutions that are operated solely by volunteers-dedicated community members who seek skills for sustaining their organizations and fulfilling their missions. These volunteers enable their organizations to serve a vital role in community life through education, action, and reflection, connecting Tennesseans to their past, present and future.

Humanities Tennessee is pleased to support the efforts of these volunteers by providing opportunities for professional development. This year we're supporting attendance at two events, the Exhibit Makeovers Workshop hosted by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)and the Annual Tennessee Association of Museums (TAM) conference.  Click here for more information.

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Salon@615 Welcomes Lorrie Moore and Susan Minot

The Salon@615 series welcomes authors Lorrie Mooreand Susan Minot to Montgomery Bell Academy onSaturday, March 29 at 4:00 pm. Click here for more information.

Read of review of Moore's new collection of stories

Complete details of the program, including video of prior events, and upcoming readings, are available at:

Grant Program Offers New Direction

Humanities Tennessee is pleased to announce a new funding priority for our 2014General Grant and Small Project Grant Programs. Although all eligible projects are welcome to apply, our Board of Directors has a particular interest in projects that seek to deepen the understanding Tennesseans have of each other and that model civil behavior by bringing people together to share differing perspectives. Click here for more information and a link to sample projects.

Meet Our Newest Board Members! 

Judy Drescher, Memphis

What inspires you? The opportunity to use the skills and experience that have been granted to me to help people pursue their own dreams. 

What do you do professionally? As of 2013, I describe myself as "successfully retired." 


Shawn Pitts, Selmer 

What do you do for fun? I play music with friends or for my own enjoyment, dabble in various hot glass techniques, read, and write.

What inspires you?Informed, involved, energetic young people and Wendell Berry. Passion is infectious.


Karen Lewis, Manchester

What do you do professionally? I am a middle school speech and theatre teacher.

What is your favorite Humanities Tennessee program? Letters about Literature. [I] see this as a great vehicle for encouraging writing and reading.



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Founded in 1973, Humanities Tennessee is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting civility and a sense of community among Tennesseans. Each year, governmental funding for the humanities decreases. We rely on donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations to present programs like the annual Southern Festival of Books, the Tennessee Young Writers' WorkshopCommunity History programs,, and more

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to Mar 28

Scholarship - for Latinos who want to become Teachers

From: Scott Beck []
Subject: Scholarship for Latinos who want to become Teachersto Listserves

Dear People:
This is a scholarship for Latinos who want to become teachers, the Goizueta Foundation Scholarship for the Initial Certification of Latino Educators at Georgia Southern University. The application is attached here.
Thank you! - Scott

Scott A. Beck, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, Georgia Southern University
   Co-Chair, Goizueta Scholars Fund for Initial Certification of Latino Educators Committee

Mailing Address:
P.0. 8134
Statesboro, GA  30460

Physical Address:
College of Education
275 COE Drive, Room 4136
Statesboro,  GA   30458

phone: 912/478-0354 
fax: 912/478-0026

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Companhia Urbana de Dança - April 12 & 13
to Apr 13

Companhia Urbana de Dança - April 12 & 13

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Greetings to the Hispanic/Latino Community and Supporters, constituents, theatre lovers, Maryville College Community

        The Carpetbag Theatre along with the Clayton Center for the Arts presents Companhia Urbana de Dança! Dança is a dance company from Brazil and they will perform their newest work Eu Dança-8 Solos No Geral at the Clayton Center on Saturday, April 12th at 8:00 PM and Sunday, April 13th at 4:00 PM. Tickets are $10.00 for students and $15.00 or $25.00 for adults. Ticket prices for students are limited due to reserved seating. Accompanying their performances, Dança is going to give two workshops in the area one at Austin East High School of Knox County on Thursday April 10th and one at Morristown Middle School Friday April 11th. Check out the link to the Clayton Center's website for more information -

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to Mar 30

Cultural Diversity Weekend - March 29 & 30

Dear Prospective Students,

My name is Larry Ervin, and I am the Director of Multicultural Affairs at Maryville College. Many folks have asked me what that title means, and I often say that I celebrate all things diverse about Maryville College! Diversity among students, faculty, and staff has always been an important value at MC. Back in the day it was a black and white issue, but now diversity includes a broad spectrum of color, ethnicities, cultures, and orientations.
Since its founding in 1819, Maryville College has stood for educational access, equal rights and dignity for all peoples. Our founder, Isaac Anderson, educated a slave, George Erskine, who later became the first Black missionary of the Presbyterian Church. Today, we continue their quest that all people have a seat at the table of education, integrity and respect, and we hope that you will take your place at that table as well.  
You can begin by attending our annual Cultural Diversity Weekend on March 29-30, 2014 when current students, MC alumni, and staff gather to honor YOUR diversity, remember our historic legacy, and celebrate the ever changing gift of DIVERSITY at MC. It is a great event that will help you learn more about our campus community. And, I believe it will be YOUR first step in helping Maryville College stay true to its legacy of respect and inclusion as you become one of us!

The weekend will begin on Saturday, March 29 with check-in from 3:00 - 3:30 pm EST followed by student & parent info sessions. That evening, you and your family will be our guests for the Nancy Smith-Wright Reception. The evening will conclude with an informal social and dance party for students. On Sunday, we invite you to attend the Interfaith Worship Service from 10 - 11 am.
If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Admissions at 800.597.2687 or 865.981.8092 by March 14, 2014.
Some local hotels offer discounted rates for students and families from out-of-town. Please visit our websitefor a list of local hotels. I hope to see you and your family in March!
 Larry Ervin
Director Maryville College Multicultural Center

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Consejería de Inmigración Gratis - 15 Marzo
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Consejería de Inmigración Gratis - 15 Marzo

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Centro Hispano y el colegio de leyes de la Universidad de Tennessee y de la Universidad Lincoln Memorial realizarán una consejería de Inmigración gratuita el próximo sábado, 15 de marzo desde las 9 am - 12pm en la Escuela Elemental de Lonsdale (1317 Louisiana Ave NW, Knoxville, TN 37921). Habrá intérpretes disponibles. Favor sacar su cita llamando al 865-522-0052.

Centro Hispano in partnership with UT Law School and Duncan School of Law (Lincoln Memorial University) will host a free legal immigration clinic next Saturday, March 15th from 9-12pm at Lonsdale Elementary School (1317 Louisiana Ave NW, Knoxville, TN 37921). Interpreters will be available. Please make an appointment by calling 865-522-0052.

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Children Museum of Oak Ridge International Festival - Feb 15

Children Museum of Oak Ridge International Festival - Feb 15

Children's Museum of Oak Ridge

461 West Outer Drive
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830

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This annual festival showcases the world’s cultures through international performances, food, crafts, children’s activities and more than two dozen booths highlighting countries and regions of the world. The event takes place from 10am-4pm. For more information, call 865-482-1074 or visit


CMOR Brings You the World!  CMOR will host its 16th annual International Festival on Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 10AM to 4PM. Come and enjoy entertainment, culture, crafts, and food from around the world for the whole family!


Appalachia, Belgium, Bolivia, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Spain, South Korea, Ukraine,Venezuela,  Vietnam, and West Africa


Belgium, Bolivia, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Greece, India, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Poland, Scotland, Spain, South Korea, Ukraine, and Venezuela.

Crafts for Kids: Egyptian necklaces, Spanish clothes pin dolls, Chinese drums, and Aboriginal masks – throughout the museum!

Festival Admission: $12 for adults, $11 for seniors (62+), $10 for children (3-18), Free for children under 3, $15 for children participating in Kids’ Fest, $1 off in each category for museum members.

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Maryville College News

Sent by Geoffrey Mitchell, Professor at Maryville College.

This is part of Oral Traditions Proyect.

     El proyecto Historias Orales Hispanas del East Tennessee (HOHET), es una iniciativa de la División de Idiomas y Literatura de Maryville College y en el trabajan estudiantes que están estudiando español. Personas latinas/hispanas que quieran contar su experiencia, pueden escribir a 

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      The Hispanic Oral Histories of East Tennessee (HOHET) project is an initiative of the Division of Languages and Literature at Maryville College. Those who work on it are students studying Spanish. Any member of the Latino/Hispanic community in this region who would like to share their experiences can send an email to

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