Journey Stories: Celebrating the Rich Cultural Heritage of Between the Rivers
Presented by Constance Alexander, Kentucky Writer and Columnist
When dams and bridges were built and the land between the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers in western Kentucky and Tennessee became Land Between the Lakes, the history and heritage of Between the Rivers communities was disrupted. Families that lived on land that had been handed down the generations since the end of the American Revolution were forced to move, leaving behind homes, businesses, schools and even churches.
Constance Alexander conducted scores of oral history interviews with former residents of Between the Rivers and wrote and edited a documentary radio series based on the interviews. This presentation celebrates the cultural heritage of the people and communities, and focuses on the challenges overcome by the people displaced.
A New Jersey native, Constance has lived in Kentucky since 1988. She completed her undergraduate work at The College of NJ and University of Copenhagen. She has an MA is from Kean University (NJ), an MBA from Pace University (NY), and an MFA in Creative Writing from Murray State University. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Academy of American Poets.
Alexander is an award-winning poet, playwright, newspaper columnist, civic journalist, public radio commentator and arts activist. She currently teaches in the English Department at Murray State University, is a freelance journalist, and is a business consultant specializing in the management of organizational change. She serves on the advisory board of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, and is third VP of the Kentucky Historical Society board.
Her work has been recognized for excellence by the Kentucky Press Association, Newspaper Association of America, Pew Center for Civic Journalism, Batten Foundation, Pilgrim Project, Association of Health Care Journalists, the Helmsley Foundation, Ragsdale Foundation, Kentucky Arts Council, and Kentucky Foundation for Women. She is a two-time recipient of prestigious Al Smith Fellowships, in playwriting and fiction.
Co-sponsored by The Kentucky Humanities Council
November 5, 2015 | 7:00 pm | 2nd Floor meeting room
All programs are free and open to the public.
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