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TV show host, political science professor and writer Melissa V. Harris-Perry will be the keynote speaker for Western Carolina University’s annual celebration in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Host of the weekend news and opinion show “Melissa Harris- Perry” on MSNBC, Harris-Perry will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Harris-Perry also is a professor of political science at Tulane University and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race and Politics in the South. Her publications include the recently released book “Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes and Black Women in America” and the award-winning text “Barbershops, Bibles and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought.” In addition, she writes for The Nation magazine, which features her monthly column titled “Sister Citizen.”


October turned out to be a good month for collecting awards for Western Carolina University faculty member and author Ron Rash, who was honored for his literary body of work by organizations in both Carolinas while also pulling in an award for his latest book from the far away Rocky Mountains of Canada.

Rash, who has been Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Culture at WCU for 10 years, traveled to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill early in October to be recognized as recipient of the 2013 Thomas Wolfe Prize, which is bestowed by that university’s English department to recognize contemporary writers with distinguished bodies of work. Rash also delivered the associated Thomas Wolfe Lecture during his visit. The Wolfe prize honors the memory of one of UNC-Chapel Hill’s most famous alumni, “Look Homeward, Angel” author and Asheville native Thomas Clayton Wolfe.


A new series of evening bluegrass music classes for beginners will be starting at the Log Cabin Cooking & Music Center in Asheville, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 14. These first-timer classes are open to anyone and are designed for novices wanting to learn bluegrass banjo, fiddle or mandolin.

Classes will be held in a vintage log cabin at 111 Bell Road in the Haw Creek section of east Asheville, off Tunnel Road. Teaching the classes will be Wayne Erbsen, known for his ability to teach anyone to play a musical instrument.


The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Art’s holiday lineup will include three performances of “The Nutcracker” this year. Performances will be on Friday, Dec. 20, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 21, at 2 pm and 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 for students and $11 for adults.

“The Nutcracker” ballet is a two-act performance that tells the story of a young girl who is presented with a nutcracker at her family’s annual Christmas party. When she falls asleep, she takes a magical journey to the Snowflake Forest and Land of Sweets.


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