Dr. Christopher Johnson, Senior Instructional Designer (left), and Bengt Carlson, Experiential Learning Coordinator (right), Adjunct Instructors in the Honors Program and Department of Philosophy and Religion from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, will reflect on the meaning of a "pilgrimage" and why people become pilgrims. Explore the history of the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in the context of the history of human pilgrimages as a whole, gain insights from theories about the nature of pilgrimages, and share experiences to reflect on what it means to be a pilgrim. This will be an interactive session on Wednesday evening.
Bill Landry, the host and narrator of television's long-running "The Heartland Series", is a featured Storyteller for both Thursday and Friday evening programs.
Bill will present Thursday on: "William Bartram: An Unlikely Explorer". If you are unfamiliar, William Bartram (1739-1823) was an early scientific explorer who visited the Smoky Mountains from 1773-1777 to search for undiscovered species of plants and animals and to document this little explored part of the word at that time. Come learn about Bartram’s travels, discoveries, interactions with Native Americans, and more in this one-hour presentation.
On Friday evening he'll present some selected stories from his newest book, A LAST HURRAH. For example, stories of episodes from the cutting room floor of The Heartland Series or tales from East Tennessee.
Following each presentation, the former television host, 2-time Emmy Award-winning director, and IRIS Award winner for “On-Camera Talent,” will talk to guests and sign copies of "A LAST HURRAH." His previous writings include When the West Was Tennessee, Tellin' It for the Truth and Appalachian Tales & Heartland Adventures.