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Susan M. Abram, an adjunct history faculty member at Western Carolina University, is recipient of the 2013 Anne B. & James B. McMillan Prize from the University of Alabama Press for her forthcoming book, tentatively titled “The Forging of a Cherokee-American Alliance in the Creek War: From its Creation to its Betrayal.”

The University of Alabama Press Faculty Editorial Board, which consists of scholars from all Alabama public universities that award a doctoral degree, confers the endowed prize on the basis of scholarly excellence.

The board has awarded the prize, which includes a cash award and full publication of the work, annually since 1995 to the manuscript chosen as Most Deserving in Alabama or Sothern History or Culture.

“Susan Abram’s study of the Cherokee-American alliance in the Creek War exemplifies and continues the tradition of superlative scholarship the McMillan award was established to honor,” said Curtis Clark, UAP director.

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Artists transform everyday objects into amazing works of art in the exhibition, Out of the Ordinary, which runs through June 15. Organized by Independent Curator Rebecca Dimling Cochran, the show includes pieces by eight internationally recognized artists who use worn and often discarded materials as the building blocks of their creations.

From items as banal as water bottles, shredded tires and bubble gum, artists Chakaia Booker, Matthew Brandt, Long-Bin Chen, Willie Cole, Mary Engel, Vik Muniz, and Guerra de la Paz (the collaborative team of Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz) make two and three-dimensional works that are fantastically inventive and deceivingly simple. The materials they use, however, are not merely found but chosen specifically for the symbolism or iconography that they add to the conceptual meaning of the work. For example, Chen’s sculpted portraits of important historical figures out of used books can be seen not only as a tribute to the perseverance of history but also as an acknowledgement of the advancement of technology that now makes those bound pages worthless. Similarly, Guerra de la Paz’s works, made from clothing donated in the United States and headed for Haiti, wryly satirizes the disparity between the two countries in sculptural references to the businessmen at the heart of our economic empire. Issues of collective memory, eastern religion, and the environment are also explored in the broad-ranging works.

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Anne Clinard Barnhill will return to City Lights Bookstore to read from her newest historical novel on Saturday, April 12, at 3 p.m. “Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter” is the gripping tale of Mary Shelton, Elizabeth I's young cousin and ward. When Mary falls in love with a man not of Elizabeth’s choosing, her place of privilege is suddenly very much in question. The young couple could be risking death by defying the wishes of a wrathful queen.

Barnhill has been writing or dreaming of writing for most of her life. For the past 20 years, she has published articles, book and theater reviews, poetry, and short stories. She lives with her husband of 30 years in North Carolina. To reserve copies of her books, call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.

The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra will give its final performance of the academic year Monday, April 14, at Western Carolina University.

The concert, open to the public free of charge, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on the WCU campus.

The orchestra is a unique collaboration between students and faculty from the WCU School of Music and community musicians from Jackson, Swain, Macon, Buncombe and Haywood counties, said Bradley Martin, associate professor of music and conductor of the ensemble.

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