Brett Riggs, Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee Studies at Western Carolina University, has received the 2016 Cherokee National Worcester Award for his efforts to preserve Cherokee culture. It is the highest honor the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma presents to non-Cherokees for their dedication to tribal history, heritage and sovereignty.
Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day, an annual regional cultural celebration and the university’s “gift back to the community,” took place Saturday, Sept. 24, on campus under bright skies with thousands of visitors.
Western Carolina University’s Free Enterprise Speaker Series returns on Monday, Oct. 3, with a program on modern views on economics rooted in 18th-century philosophies. Sandra J. Peart of Richmond University will present a talk titled “Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand: 21st-Century Reasons for Optimism and a Caution” at 4 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of A.K. Hinds University Center. The talk is open to the public free of charge.
A three-month ceramics exhibit at the Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum opens Thursday, Oct. 6, with a two-day symposium in conjunction with American Craft Week featuring artist lectures and demonstrations. All events are free and open to the public.
The College of Health and Human Sciences at Western Carolina University will host a panel presentation on stroke treatment and recovery, with multiple opportunities for open dialogue and interaction between participants. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held Thursday, Sept. 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. in Room 204, Health and Human Sciences Building, 4121 Little Savannah Road, Cullowhee.
The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University will host a reception for its exhibit “The Language of Weaving: Contemporary Maya Textiles” on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. at WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.
The Mountain Heritage Center, Western Carolina University’s museum of Appalachian culture, will offer instruction in the unique folk art of constructing dolls from corn shucks, also known as cornhusks, on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 2 to 5 p.m.
“The Importance of Time and Place” is the theme for Western Carolina University’s seventh annual symposium, Rooted in the Mountains: Valuing Our Common Ground, on Thursday, Sept. 22, and Friday, Sept. 23, at WCU’s Health and Human Sciences Building.
Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day, a free family-oriented festival that celebrates Southern Appalachian culture through concerts, living-history demonstrations, competitions and awards programs, will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, on the WCU campus, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.