Winners of the Weatherford Awards for the best books about Appalachia in 2017 are The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash (fiction), Palindrome by Pauletta Hansel (poetry), and James Still: A Life by Carol Boggess (nonfiction).
The Weatherford Awards honor books that best illuminate the challenges, personalities, and unique qualities of the Appalachian South. Granted by Berea College and the Appalachian Studies Association for 47 years, the awards commemorate the life and achievements of W.D. Weatherford Sr., a pioneer and leading figure in Appalachian development, youth work and race relations, and his son, Willis D. Weatherford, Jr., who was Berea College’s sixth president (1967-84). Continue reading Weatherford Awards for Best Appalachian Books Announced →
Dr. Dwayne Mack, Carter G. Woodson chair in African American History
Dwayne A. Mack, the Carter G. Woodson chair in African American History at Berea College, has collaborated on a newly published book Freedom’s Racial Frontier: African Americans in the Twentieth-Century West along with Herbert G. Ruffin II.
Between 1940 and 2010, the black population of the American West grew from 710,400 to 7 million. That growth has prompted a burgeoning interest in the history of the African American West—reflected in the remarkable range and depth of the works collected in Freedom’s Racial Frontier. Editors Ruffin and Mack have gathered established and emerging scholars in the field to create an anthology linking past, current and future generations of African American West scholarship. Continue reading Berea College Professor Publishes Book Exploring New Facet of African American History →
Berea author, feminist and social activist, bell hooks, is one of four writers to be inducted into the 2018 Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame on Jan. 31 at the Lexington Carnegie Center.
“bell hooks is one of the most influential cultural critics of our time,” said Neil Chethik, executive director of the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. “She has built a worldwide readership over 40 years with unique insights on such topics as love, race and power.” Continue reading bell hooks to be Inducted Into Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame →
Silas House, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Chair of Appalachian Studies at Berea College, was recently inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers. The induction took place at a ceremony held in Chattanooga, Tennessee, during the SouthWord Festival—a biennial conference for the Southern Lit Alliance and the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Continue reading Silas House Inducted into Fellowship of Southern Writers →
Reconciling a Spiritual Hunger with a Womanist Thirst: Growing up Black, Female, Christian, and Black Panther
Berea College welcomes Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems, a biblical scholar, academic administrator, writer, ordained minister, and public intellectual who will be the convocation speaker on September 28th at 3 p.m., in Phelps Stokes Chapel. She is known nation-wide as a theologian whose learned perceptions into the Bible and the role of spirituality in everyday life has made her a well-respected speaker and author. Continue reading Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems to Speak at Convocation →
Berea College welcomes the public and campus community to its weekly convocation this Thursday, September 21, 2017, featuring award-winning poet, playwright, performer, novelist and educator Ntozake Shange. In her presentation, Wild Beauty, Shange will explore the many contradictions people of color confront in their daily lives emotionally, psychologically and politically. Through music and language, Shange approaches her material with delicacy and brutal honesty, leaving the audience with a textured mosaic of what it means and how it feels to be a 21st century colored person who speaks English. This convocation is co-sponsored with Theatre. Continue reading Berea College Welcomes Ntozake Shange →
Silas House, an award-winning writer and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Chair in Appalachian Studies at Berea College, will speak at the 2017 Literary Luncheon in Lexington, KY on June 10, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. The farm-to-table lunch, hosted by the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, will take place in downtown Lexington’s Gratz Park (the Carnegie Center’s backyard). House will conduct an intimate conversation and be available afterwards for a book signing. The Literary Luncheon is part of the Carnegie Center’s 2017 Books-in-Progress Conference, slated for June 8-10. Continue reading Best-selling Author Silas House Named Keynote Speaker at Carnegie Center Books-in-Progress Conference →
C. E. Morgan
Photo credit: Guy Mendes
Berea College alumna C. E. Morgan ’02 has been named a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the nation. Continue reading Alumna C. E. Morgan Named 2017 Pulitzer Prize Finalist →
Revolution and Revelation: An Archival Legacy
Celebrating the formal opening of the bell hooks Papers at Berea College
April 10, 2017 – Facebook Live stream starts at 3:30 p.m. EDT. Join the livestream on our Facebook page. Continue reading Facebook Live Interview with bell hooks →
Healing the Soul of America: Reclaiming our Voices as Spiritual Citizens
Berea College welcomes the public and campus community to this week’s convocation featuring spiritual teacher and author Marianne Williamson. In this convocation, Williamson will call on Bereans to turn the passion that is in their hearts into a powerful force for social good. This Convocation is co-sponsored with Women’s and Gender Studies. Continue reading Berea College Welcomes Marianne Williamson →
The winners of the 2016 Weatherford Awards are Crystal Wilkinson’s The Birds of Opulence (fiction), Marc Harshman’s Believe What You Can (poetry), and Steven E. Nash’s Reconstruction’s Ragged Edge: The Politics of Postwar Life in the Southern Mountains (nonfiction).
The Weatherford Awards honor books that “best illuminate the challenges, personalities, and unique qualities of the Appalachian South.” Granted by Berea College and the Appalachian Studies Association for forty-seven years, the awards commemorate the life and achievements of W.D. Weatherford, Sr., a pioneer and leading figure in Appalachian development, youth work, and race relations, and of his son, Willis D. Weatherford, Jr., who was Berea College’s sixth President (1967-84). Continue reading 2016 Weatherford Award Winners for Best Appalachian Books Announced →
Congratulations to bell hooks, professor in residence in Berea College’s Appalachian Center for being named as one of “50 Iconic Black Trailblazers Who Represent Every State In America” by Huffington Post. Continue reading bell hooks Named Iconic Black Trailblazer, Represents Kentucky →
Prize Honors Rising Authors, Literary Legend Ernest Gaines
Kentucky writer, poet and educator Crystal Wilkinson’s novel, “Birds of Opulence,” has been named winner of the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence.
Wilkinson, who serves on the Berea College faculty as Appalachian writer in residence, said she reverted to her 12-year-old self, shrieking and squealing with glee upon hearing that she had won this award for literary excellence. Continue reading Wilkinson’s ‘Birds of Opulence’ Wins 10th Annual Ernest Gaines Award →
Ten national and regional black authors spoke recently at the inaugural Black Women Writers Symposium: Writing the Natural World, Appalachia & Beyond at Berea College. The day-long event, the first of its kind in the region, was presented FREE to the public. Continue reading Notable Black Women Authors Captivated Audiences in Berea →
Noted national and regional black women authors will be presenting at the Black Women Writers Symposium: Writing the Natural World, Appalachia & Beyond, to be held Friday, October 21 at the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center on the Berea College campus. The day-long event, the first of its kind in the region, is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will be served throughout the day. Continue reading Black Women Writers To Gather at Berea College Symposium →
The bell hooks Institute at Berea College will be hosting events called “Conversating: Black Men Speak” on April 9, and April 11-13, 2016.
Acclaimed intellectual, feminist theorist, cultural critic, artist and writer bell hooks will hold conversations with the following guest speakers: Continue reading “Conversating: Black Men Speak” →
The winners of the 2015 Weatherford Awards are Nickole Brown’s Fanny Says (poetry), Robert Gipe’s Trampoline (fiction) and Studying Appalachian Studies: Making the Path by Walking, edited by Chad Berry, Shaunna Scott and Phillip Obermiller (non-fiction).
The Weatherford Awards honor books that “best illuminate the challenges, personalities and unique qualities of the Appalachian South.” Granted by Berea College and the Appalachian Studies Association for 36 years, the awards commemorate the life and achievements of W.D. Weatherford, Sr., a pioneer and leading figure in Appalachian development, youth work and race relations, and of his son, Willis D. Weatherford, Jr., who was Berea College President from 1967 – 84. Continue reading 2015 Weatherford Award Winners for Best Appalachian Books Announced →
Nana Lampton elected to Berea College Board of Trustees.
Nana Lampton, chairman and chief executive officer of American Life and Accident Insurance Company of Kentucky (American Life) and of Hardscuffle, Inc., its holding company, has been elected to the Berea College Board of Trustees at the Board’s recent meeting. Each Trustee is elected for a six-year term. Continue reading Nana Lampton Named Berea College Trustee →
Published Originally in the Winter/Spring 2012 Issue of Berea College Magazine
W. C. Kilby ’13
Keven McQueen, ’89, has found a way to make crime pay. During the day, he appears to be a perfectly respectable instructor at Eastern Kentucky University, where he has been teaching composition and literature since 1989. However, his free time is spent associating with blood-thirsty murderers, rambunctious thieves and the occasional lynch mob. Continue reading Keven McQueen’s Life of Crime →
In June, Jim Wayne Miller, ’58, was honored by Appalachian Heritage, the literary quarterly sponsored through the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center. Miller, a pioneer in Appalachian literature and studies, was former Kentucky poet laureate and the featured author of the Summer 2009 issue of Appalachian Heritage. Continue reading Appalachian Heritage Event Honors Poet Jim Wayne Miller →
Gloria Steinem and bell hooks
Noted American writer, lecturer, political activist and feminist Gloria Steinem and bell hooks, Berea’s Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian Studies, recently spoke at the bell hooks Institute at Berea College. During the event Steinem and hooks shared memories from their distinguished careers, passages from their books and reflections about feminism and other current issues. The occasion was part of a series of ongoing events to celebrate the opening of the bell hooks Institute.
The largest gathering of Appalachian writers in history will happen at Berea College on September 9 and 10. The Appalachian Symposium will be two days of public conversations focusing on the current state of the region’s literature and will feature keynote addresses by famed feminist author and activist bell hooks as well as Pulitzer Prize finalist Maurice Manning. Continue reading Largest Gathering of Appalachian Writers in History to Assemble at Berea College in September →
The Weatherford Awards honor books that “best illuminate the challenges, personalities, and unique qualities of the Appalachian South.” Granted by Berea College and the Appalachian Studies Association for 35 years, the awards commemorate the life and achievements of W.D. Weatherford, Sr., a pioneer and leading figure in Appalachian development, youth work, and race relations, and of his son, Willis D. Weatherford, Jr., late Berea College President. Continue reading Weatherford Award Winners for Best Appalachian Books Announced →
Susan Spalding, author of “Appalachian Dance: Creativity and Continuity in Six Communities.”
After interviewing black and white Virginians, Kentuckians and Tennesseans over a twenty-five year span, Susan Eike Spalding has authored “Appalachian Dance: Creativity and Continuity in Six Communities”, a book that explores the evolution and social uses of dance in each region. Spalding’s book analyzes how issues as different as industrialization around coal, plantation culture, race relations, and the 1970s folk revival profoundly influenced freestyle clogging and other dance forms like square dancing. Her research identifies how African Americans and Native Americans, as well as European immigrants drawn to the timber mills and coal fields of Appalachia, brought movement styles that added to local dance vocabularies. Continue reading Retired Berea College Faculty Member Authors Appalachian Dance Book →