YHC to Present Annual Heinze Lecture as Part of “Festival Appalachia”

Friday, January 27, 2012

Author: Ali Neese
Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310, kndean@yhc.edu

Young Harris College to Present Annual Heinze Lecture as Part of “Festival Appalachia”

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The annual Heinze Lecture at Young Harris College will feature Songs of Water World Folk Orchestra and special guest Molly Skaggs on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of the Clegg Fine Arts Building on the YHC campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Members of Songs of Waterwill also present a workshop earlier in the day at 2 p.m. in Susan B. Harris Chapel. The group will demonstrate musical instruments from around the world and discuss issues related to world music including ethnomusicology and the diverse expressions of Appalachian music. This event is also free and open to the public.

The performance will take place as part of “Festival Appalachia: Celebrating A People… Honoring a Place," a  special event hosted by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement at Young Harris College and the City of Young Harris, Monday-Saturday, Feb. 6-11. This weeklong event will feature a film showing, special chapel service and community outreach event.

North Carolina-based band Songs of Water has been creating music together since 2002, yet their distinct sound has roots in ancient cultures. This seven-piece ensemble blends instrumentation from across the globe in a uniquely American context. The uncommon use of the hammered dulcimer leads many of the group’s instrumental pieces, accompanied by the resonance of acoustic instruments and a foundation of percussion produced by instruments from a wide variety of cultures, from Appalachia to Africa.

Band member Luke Skaggs and special guest performer Molly Skaggs are the children of renowned country and bluegrass musician Ricky Skaggs.The band has released two albums, Songs of Water and The Sea Has Spoken, and is currently touring the Southeastern United States while writing material for a new album scheduled to be released in fall 2012.

“I’m delighted that we are able to bring Songs of Water to our campus as part of our celebration of Appalachian heritage,” said YHC Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement Ron Roach, Ph.D., who is also the brother of Songs of Water band member Stephen Roach. “Music is a vital part of Appalachian culture, and Songs of Water provides a living example of the diverse expressions of music in this region.”

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.

Along with the Heinze Lecture, many additional special events will take place during “Festival Appalachia,” which will kick off on Monday, Feb. 6, at 6:30 p.m. with a film showing of Cold Mountain in Wilson Lecture Hall of Goolsby Center. This 2003 Oscar-nominated war drama is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Charles Frazier and chronicles the journey of a wounded Confederate soldier making his way home to Cold Mountain, N.C.

A special chapel service will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. in Susan B. Harris Chapel that will highlight local music and faith traditions in Appalachia.

On Saturday, Feb. 11, S.E.R.V.E. (Service, Education, Responsibility, Voice and Engagement) at YHC will host a community outreach event at the Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Interpretive Center in Blairsville, Ga. Volunteers will work on landscaping and exterior maintenance at this nine-acre farm currently being developed by the Byron Herbert Reece Society to honor the noted poet and YHC 1940 alumnus and former instructor. The facility will feature historical exhibits about Reece’s life and work as well as Appalachian farm life in the early 20th century.

The mission of the Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement at YHC is to educate, inspire and empower students through study and experience of the rich character and culture of the Appalachian region. Founded in 2010, the Center provides an office for the Academic Service Learning and Bonner Leaders programs, office and work space for student leaders and space for meetings and seminars.

For more information about the Center for Appalachian Studies, contact YHC Bonner Leaders Program Director and Academic Service Learning Program Coordinator Rob Campbell at (706) 379-5104.

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. Long known for nurturing students during the first two years of college, Young Harris College received accreditation in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees. The College currently has approximately 900 students across four divisions—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 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.