Emma Bell Miles Symposium Focuses on Culture, Environment in Southern Appalachia

REPORTING: MICHAEL EDWARD MILLER

One of Chattanooga’s most prolific nature writers will be celebrated with a free series of lectures, historical tours and musical performances.  The Second Annual Emma Bell Miles Symposium on Southern Appalachian Culture & Nature will happen at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on September 9th and 10th . It’s free and open to the public.

From the Lupton Library Web site:

Emma Bell Miles (1879-1919) was a writer, painter, and naturalist who lived on Walden’s Ridge and in Chattanooga. Her books, which she also illustrated, include The Spirit of the Mountains, Strains from a Dulcimore, and Our Southern Birds. She is recognized as a pioneering ethnographer of the changing Southern Appalachian culture of her time. She also recorded her observations in journals, letters, poetry and paintings.

The symposium is a unique opportunity to experience guided tours of sites in the Chattanooga area that Miles painted and described in her books and journals. In addition, the Special Collections of the UTC Lupton Library house Miles’ journals and other memorabilia.

This interdisciplinary community event intentionally brings together artists, educators, folklorists, musicians, naturalists, regional food enthusiasts, and writers to honor and examine the work of Emma Bell Miles and to place her multifaceted contribution into a broader context.
We are pleased to make this community event free and open to the general public.

Advance registration is appreciated. You can also register at the symposium.

For more information, contact Steven Cox at 423.425.2186 or steven-cox@utc.edu

 

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