Fall 2013 Filson Institute Public Conference: “Understanding the American South: Entering the 21st Century with The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.”
“Viewing the South from a 21st-century Perspective” will kick off with a reception and keynote speech on Thursday, September 19. The keynote speaker is Charles Regan Wilson, Kelley Gene Cook Sr. Chair of History and professor of Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi. Wilson is a former director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and the series editor of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. On Friday, September 20, the day of lectures will commence with the following topics being covered: “Looking South: Form and Meaning in Southern Studies” with Estill Curtis Pennington, Art Historian; “Rolled Oysters, Bison Barbecue, and Lunch Counters: Our Foodways, Our Selves” with John T. Edge, director, Southern Foodways Alliance; “The Creole South” with Celeste Ray, professor of anthropology, University of the South; “A Gift to the World in Black and White: The Music of the South” with Bill Malone, professor emeritus, Tulane University.
The day of lectures will end with a panel discussion featuring lecturers and series editors, including Jimmy Thomas, Ann Abadie, Ted Ownby, and Charles Reagan Wilson. On Saturday, September 21, Estill Curtis Pennington is offering a driving tour of Bourbon County to share his love and enthusiasm for this area of the commonwealth. Pennington has selected the sites, both private and public, to showcase this jewel of the Bluegrass. Lunch will be held at the Grey Goose Restaurant for a moderate fee. This tour is free and open to members of The Filson Historical Society and those participating in the conference. Participants will provide their own transportation. Those who are interested in the tour must sign up in advance and will meet at the Bourbon County Courthouse at 11 a.m.
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