Award-Winning Storyteller Donald Davis to Present Annual Heinze Lecture at YHC

Friday, January 11, 2013

Author: Ali Neese
Media Contact: Krystin Dean
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Award-Winning Storyteller Donald Davis to Present Annual Heinze Lecture at Young Harris College

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Award-winning storyteller Donald Davis will present the annual Heinze Lecture at Young Harris College on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. in Susan B. Harris Chapel on the YHC campus. The event is free and open to the public.

For Davis, storytelling is a way of giving and living life. He invites each listener to personally share and co-create the common experiences that celebrate the creative spirit. For Davis, storytelling “is not what I do for a living—it is how I do all that I do while I am living.”

A native of Waynesville, N.C., Davis earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Davidson College before attending the Duke University Divinity School. He served as a minister in The United Methodist Church for more than 20 years before becoming a full-time storyteller in 1989.

Davis currently tours the country nearly year-round, making approximately 300 storytelling presentations annually. He is a regular headliner at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn., and the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival in Orem, Utah.

He also conducts special week-long workshops on the creation and performance of personal family stories in Orem and on Ocracoke Island, N.C., where he currently resides. These workshops were the subject of a documentary film that premiered on public television in Utah in 2010.

Davis has been a featured storyteller at the Smithsonian Institution and the World’s Fair, and has served as a guest host for National Public Radio’s Good Evening program. He served as chairman of the board for the National Storytelling Network for six years, and was selected for the network’s prestigious “Circle of Excellence.”

He is the recipient of the Anne Izzard Storytellers’ Choice Award and Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and was a finalist for the Audio Publishers’ Association Audie Award. Davis is also a two-time recipient of the Parents’ Choice Awards Gold Title and has received multiple awards from Storytelling World.

The annual Heinze Lecture brings speakers to campus to discuss themes and ideas that encourage college spirit and offer inspiration to the entire college community. Traditionally, the lecture focuses on Southern or Appalachian topics and takes place in the fall semester. Past events include lectures, concerts and community projects.

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For more information about this event, call (706) 379-5139.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit