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Arnow Conference on Appalachian Litherature and Culture to Feature Award-Winning Speakers

Silas House, author of five novels, three plays and co-author of a creative nonfiction book about social protest, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Arnow Conference on Appalachian Literature and Culture, on Friday, April 7, at Somerset Community College (SCC).

The conference, sponsored by SCC and the Somerset Tourist and Convention Commission, is named for author and Wayne County native Harriette Simpson Arnow. Events will begin in the Harold Rogers Student Commons on the SCC Somerset Campus, located at 808 Monticello Street in Somerset. The theme of the 2017 conference is “Digging for Our Roots: Exploring and Sharing Our Past.” The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $25 and includes a light breakfast and lunch.

The conference schedule:

8 a.m.: Registration and light breakfast

8:30 a.m.: Welcome

8:45 to 9:40 a.m.: Crystal Wilkinson

9:45 to 10:25 a.m.: Gurney Norman

10:30 to 11:20 a.m.: Silas House (Keynote speaker)

11:30 a.m.: Lunch and musical performance by SCC student and Renfro Valley entertainer Avery Bradshaw

12:15 p.m.: Concurrent sessions: book signings by authors and performances by Jonathan New and Sam Gleaves

1 to 1:50 p.m.: Panel discussion led by Steve Cleberg: Theatre Collaborative Showcase

2 to 2:50 p.m.: Concurrent sessions: Sam Gleaves songwriting workshop or Lee Pennington poetry workshop

3 to 3:50 p.m.: Concurrent sessions: Jonathan New songwriting workshop or Kay Spillman genealogy workshop

4 p.m.: Closing remarks

7 p.m.: SCC Theatre Collaborative Showcase

To learn about the guest speakers, visit the 2017 Arnow webpage.