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Gone Country: How Nashville Transformed a Music Genre into a Lifestyle Brand

During the late twentieth century, the music industry branded country as the sound of wholesome, family-friendly white conservatism, disregarding its multiracial and multiethnic roots. In this session, Dr. Amanda Marie Martinez will reframe the country music genre to demonstrate how Black and Brown artists resisted the industry’s exclusionary marketing practices. Dr. Amanda Marie Martinez received…

TN Writers | TN Stories: Dr. Mark Cheathem

Tennessee State Museum, 1000 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37208, USA

The presidential election of 1844 had it all: an unpopular incumbent forced out of the race, a perennial presidential loser, a candidate whose career appeared to be on life support, a long-shot whose political ideology had been transformed by religious conversion, even a political assassination. Out of this collection of contenders emerged James K. Polk,…

Author Event: Jeanne Hardt

Global Education Center, 4822 Charlotte Ave #3, Nashville, TN 37209, USA

Join the Global Education Center in welcoming Appalachian author Jeanne Hardt, who will read from and discuss her Smoky Mountain series. For more information, visit:http://www.globaleducationcenter.org/ The event is one in the Three Roots of Appalachia series, partially funded by Humanities Tennessee.  

“All the Places We’ve Been”: Gil Scott-Heron’s Roots in Jackson

Join the TN Historical Society for a virtual discussion of the music and roots of Gil Scott-Heron with Gio Russonello, Brenda Monroe-Moses, and Carl Cornwall. Info and registration will be found at: https://tennesseehistory.org/home/programs/ The event is part of the Tennessee 101: History of Music series, funded, in part, by Humanities Tennessee.

Film Screening: King Coal

Global Education Center, 4822 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN

Join the Global Education Center for a screening of the documentary, King Coal, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker. For more information, visit: http://www.globaleducationcenter.org/ The event is one of the Three Roots of Appalachia series partially funded by Humanities Tennessee.

TN Writers | TN Stories: Ciona Rouse

Tennessee State Museum, 1000 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37208, USA

Poet, editor, and educator Ciona Rouse is the author of Vantablack, the first chapbook of Third Man Books (2017). Her poetry has appeared in the journals Oxford American, Wildness, Booth, The Account, Still, Talking River, Gabby Journal, Matter: a journal of political poetry and commentary and other publications. She has been featured on NPR Music and has work selected by Ada Limón for the podcast The Slowdown.

Quilts as Storytellers

Global Education Center, 4822 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN

Join the Global Education Center for a reading with Colleen Anderson, whose focuses on the stories quilts tell, alongside a quilt exhibit by the Zuri Quilting Guild. For more information, visit:http://www.globaleducationcenter.org/ The event is one of the Three Roots of Appalachia series partially funded by Humanities Tennessee.

Encore Film Screening: How to Sue the Klan

Downtown Library, Chattanooga 1001 Broad Street, Chattanooga, United States

Join us May 4th the Downtown Chattanooga Public Library for an encore screening of the documentary How to Sue the Klan: The Legacy of the Chattanooga Five, featuring remarks from Mayor Tim Kelly. How to Sue the Klan is the story of how Five Black women from Chattanooga used legal ingenuity to take on the Ku…

TN Writers | TN Stories: Aime Alley Card

Tennessee State Museum, 1000 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37208, USA

The Tigerbelles tells the epic story of the 1960 Tennessee State University all-Black women's track team, which found Olympic glory at the 1960 games in Rome. The author tells a story of desire, success and failure--of beating the odds--against the backdrop of a changing America, but tells it in an intimate way. Readers will come to…