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Celebrating 50 Years of the Lillian Smith Book Awards
Pulitzer-prize winner Hank Klibanoff is the featured speaker Sept. 25 at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Lillian Smith Book Awards.
This celebration will commemorate a half-century tradition, currently a collaboration of the Southern Regional Council, the University of Georgia Libraries, Piedmont College, and the Georgia Center for the Book, of recognizing authors whose books represent outstanding achievements demonstrating through high literary merit and moral vision an honest representation of the South, its people, its problems, and its promise.
The program, open free to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. A reception will follow. For more details, please see the full release from the University of Georgia Libraries.
We hope to see you there.
Upcoming documentary film on Lillian Smith
Breaking the Silence is a documentary film by Hal and Henry Jacobs that will explore how Lillian Smith became a formidable voice of the South — a voice that has been muted in the decades after her death. Just as important, the film will demonstrate her relevance today as we face a rising tide of intolerance and discrimination throughout the world.
Hal Jacobs started his own independent film company in 2014 after years of producing short videos for Emory University and others. His 2017 film, Mary Crovatt Hambidge: Wanderer, Whistler, Weaver, Utopian, was awarded the “Best Documentary” award at the Spring 2017 Southern Shorts Film Festival and was screened at the Atlanta History Center in September 2017.
Henry Jacobs is a photographer, a licensed drone operator, filmmaker, and musician. He is also the Middle Chattahoochee Outreach Director for Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. His photography has appeared publicly in several juried exhibitions and can be found in the permanent collection of the Lamar Dodd Art Center of LaGrange College.
Breaking the Silence is expected to be released in spring 2019. You can see a preview of the documentary, along with more information about the project, at the film’s website at https://lilliansmithdoc.com/
Dana De Greff Wins 2018 Writer-in-Service Award
2017 Symposium Presentations Available on YouTube
Piedmont College hosted The Lillian E. Smith Symposium on Arts and Social Change on March 18, 2017 at the Athens campus. Moderated by the highly-acclaimed and bestselling author, Barbara Brown Taylor, “Between dream and reality” explored art in the public arena as an inspiration for social change and featured keynote speaker Jen Delos Reyes, Associate Director of the School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois Chicago. Other presenters included:
Ellen Elmes, muralist and professor of art at Southwest Virginia Community College
Hope Hilton, professional artist and art instructor at Athens Technical College
Broderick Flanigan, community activist and owner, Flanigan’s Portrait Studio (Athens)
Follow the links provided here to view videos of some of the presentations from the Symposium.
Web-based Resources to Accompany New Book on Lillian Smith
A new anthology of Lillian Smith’s work is being published by the University of Georgia Press in September, 2016. Bringing together short stories, lectures, essays, op-ed pieces, interviews, and excerpts from her longer fiction and nonfiction, A Lillian Smith Reader offers the first comprehensive collection of her work and a compelling introduction to one of the South’s most important writers. The book is edited by Margaret Rose Gladney and Lisa Hodgens. The book is published in association with Piedmont College, which is also hosting a webpage to accompany the book containing a variety of electronic resources associated with Lillian Smith’s life and work. Here you will find audio files of Lillian Smith reading from her own work, along with photographs, text documents, video clips and more.
LES Scholars Program
Piedmont College recently created a new academic program called the Lillian E. Smith (LES) Scholars Program. This program encourages students to fully explore the values and convictions that shaped the life and work of this great humanitarian. By developing skills of critical and creative thinking, enhanced by real-life experiences far beyond the classroom, LES Scholars emerge from this program with a heightened sense of empathy, innovation, and personal responsibility – qualities useful for a number of occupations in non-profits and human services.
LES Scholars will be recognized for their achievements at Commencement. They will also be presented with a framed certificate and will be included in an alumni affinity group. Piedmont College is seeking donations for scholarships for the LES Scholars. We are grateful for annual donations that will support these exceptional students as well as major and planned gifts that can endow the scholarships in perpetuity. Please contact Craig Amason, director of the LES Center, at LESCenter@piedmont.edu if you are interested in supporting our students.