The Raymond B. Witt Lecture Series

Perspectives on Popular Culture

January 22-24

Mark your calendar for UTC PERSPECTIVES 2002: The Raymond B. Witt Lecture Series which will examine Perspectives on Popular Culture January 22-24, with three daytime events to be held in the Chattanooga Rooms of the UTC University Center.

On Tuesday, January 22 at 1:30 p.m., Dr. Charles Reagan Wilson of the Center for Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi will speak. His lecture will focus on "The culture of pop; the new culture of the South."

One of the favorite proverbs of former Center director William Ferris is "When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground." The Center for the Study of Southern Culture seeks to preserve and disseminate knowledge about the South that might otherwise be lost.

Along with Ferris, Wilson edited The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, which was 10 years in the making and involved more than 800 scholars and writers in many fields. The University of North Carolina Press published the reference work as a 1634-page, hardcover volume in 1989 and Anchor Books issued it in four paperback volumes in 1991. U.S. News & World Report recognized the Encyclopedia as "the first attempt ever to describe every aspect of a region's life and thought, the impact of its history and politics, music and literature, manners and myths, even the iced tea that washes down catfish and cornbread."

A phenomenal publishing success, the work won the American Library Association's Dartmouth Medal and other awards.

On Wednesday, January 23rd at 1 p.m., Kenneth Paulson, Senior Vice President of the First Amendment Center of Freedom Forum will have "A Conversation with Kenneth Paulson regarding pop culture and the First Amendment." Bill Lloyd, singer-songwriter, will also appear with Paulson.

The First Amendment Center works to preserve and protect First Amendment freedoms through information and education. The center serves as a forum for the study and exploration of free-expression issues, including freedom of speech, of the press and of religion, the right to assemble and petition the government.

The First Amendment Center, founded by John Seigenthaler, has offices at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and Arlington, Va., and is an independent affiliate of The Freedom Forum and is associated with the Newseum. Its affiliation with Vanderbilt University is through the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies.

On Thursday, January 24th at 10:50 a.m., Robert Bernhardt, Music/Artistic Director & Conductor of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will speak about how pop culture applies to music.