November 8, 2018

Session 1
The Lasting Influence of Religious Belief & Practice
Location:  MCA, Black Box Theatre
Time: 10:30 – 11:45
Presentations & Presenters:
Religion in Appalachia: Historical Overview
Melinda Bollar Wagner, Professor Emeritus, Radford University
The Baptist Tradition in Appalachia
Marc Mullinax, Mars Hill University

Session 2 
: Belief & Practice in Appalachian Writing: Depicting Body & Soul
Location:  MCA, Black Box Theatre
Time: 1:30 – 2:45
Presentations & Presenters:

The Midrashic Impulse: Appalachian Writers Engaging Biblical Narratives as Fresh Material
Jessie van Eerden, West Virginia Wesleyan College
The Marriage of Body & Soul: The Body as Theology in Appalachian Poetry
Catherine Pritchard Childress, East Tennessee State University

Session 3
Topic: Nurturing Body & Soul: Writers in Schools
Location:  MCA, Black Box Theatre
Time: 3:30 – 4:45
Lynn Powell, Director, Oberlin Writers-in-the-Schools, Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Writing, Oberlin College & Conservatory

Reading & Book Signing
Location: MCA, Black Box Theatre 
Time: 7:30
Author’s Introduction: Jeff Daniel Marion, Professor Emeritus, Carson-Newman University
Author: Lynn Powell, Author of Old & New Testaments, The Zones of Paradise, Season of the Second Thought, & Framing Innocence: A Mother’s Photographs, A Prosecutor’s Zeal, and A Small Town’s Response


McGlothlin Center for the Arts