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Berea College Board of Trustees Elects Three New Members

Berea College Trustees Elected

­­­Diane Artist Wallace, Miriam (Mim) R. Pride and Ken Koh have been elected to the Berea College Board of Trustees.

Wallace is an independent contract editor for Kinesis-Cem, a market research company with which she has worked since 2007. Much of her career has been associated with the Social Security Continue reading Berea College Board of Trustees Elects Three New Members

Hillbilly Documentary Film to Debut, Berea College Faculty Featured

Hillbilly, a new documentary film that explores the historical basis of cultural stereotypes about people from Appalachia in film and television, is scheduled to make its worldwide debut at the Nashville Film Festival on May 19, 2018.

The film’s two directors, Ashley York and Sally Rubin, both with Appalachian roots, interviewed Berea faculty, including Chad Berry, bell hooks and Silas House. Other Bereans connected with the film are musician and alumnus Sam Gleaves, and Sam Cole, who is the associate producer of the film. Continue reading Hillbilly Documentary Film to Debut, Berea College Faculty Featured

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation President Earl Lewis to Speak at Berea College Commencement

Earl Lewis

Dr. Earl Lewis, president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will speak at Berea College’s 2018 Commencement Ceremony, May 6 at 2 p.m.

A noted social historian, Lewis has held faculty appointments at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Michigan. During his career he has championed the importance of diversifying the academy, enhancing graduate education, re-visioning the liberal arts, exploring the role of digital tools for learning and connecting universities to their communities. Continue reading Andrew W. Mellon Foundation President Earl Lewis to Speak at Berea College Commencement

Berea College Alumni Receives ‘President’s Lifetime Achievement Award’

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith, 1979 Berea College graduate, has received the ‘President’s Lifetime Achievement Award’ in recognition of his commitment to volunteerism on behalf of the 45th President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump. Now, more than ever, our country relies on volunteers investing their time and talent to resolve the most pressing issues of our time. Thomas Smith said, “It is such an incredible honor to be recognized.” Continue reading Berea College Alumni Receives ‘President’s Lifetime Achievement Award’

Jessie Ball duPont Fund Extends Grant to Berea College, Supports Berea’s Latino Male Initiative

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund (Jacksonville, Fla.) has awarded a grant to Berea College to extend the Jessie Ball duPont Fund Postdoctoral Fellowship in Latino Male Academic Success. The grant of $54,060 supports Berea’s Latino Male Initiative, a program to enhance first-to-second-year retention and encourage a sense of belonging among Latino male students at the College. Continue reading Jessie Ball duPont Fund Extends Grant to Berea College, Supports Berea’s Latino Male Initiative

Berea College Concert Choir to Perform Annual Spring Concert

The Berea College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will present their annual spring concert in Gray Auditorium Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free performance. The choirs are conducted by Dr. Stephen Bolster and will feature several student conductors. Lindsay Clavere will accompany on the piano. Continue reading Berea College Concert Choir to Perform Annual Spring Concert

“Three Women” to Discuss being African-American and Growing up in Appalachia

Three Berea Women—Monica Jones, Dr. Alicestyne Turley, and Crystal Wilkinson—will be the featured speakers at the Berea College Appalachian Lecture on Thursday Apr. 5 at 3 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. This roundtable discussion will focus on what it was like being African American and growing up in Appalachia. Continue reading “Three Women” to Discuss being African-American and Growing up in Appalachia

83rd ANNUAL MOUNTAIN FOLK FESTIVAL AT BEREA COLLEGE CELEBRATES HISTORY OF FOLK DANCE

The 83rd Annual Mountain Folk Festival will take place in Berea, Kentucky on April 6 and 7, 2018. The public is invited to a free performance and participatory dance on Saturday, April 7 at 7:15 pm in the Berea College Seabury Center’s upper gym. Musicians and dancers will begin the performance with a processional, or parade dance, welcoming the coming spring season in a centuries-old tradition of “dancing in the branches of May.” Guests may come at 6:15 for a pre-show of group performances demonstrating skills learned in Festival workshops. Continue reading 83rd ANNUAL MOUNTAIN FOLK FESTIVAL AT BEREA COLLEGE CELEBRATES HISTORY OF FOLK DANCE

Weatherford Awards for Best Appalachian Books Announced

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 Continue reading Weatherford Awards for Best Appalachian Books Announced

Berea College Professor Publishes Book

Dwayne Mack

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 Continue reading Berea College Professor Publishes Book