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Okra2Opera Southern ConferenceOKRA TO OPERA 3: SOUTHERN STORYTELLING

April 8 & 9, 2016
Converse College, Spartanburg, SC

FEATURED SPEAKERS: JOE NEWBERRY & LAUREL HORTON

“Long before I wrote stories, I listened for stories.”
– Eudora Welty, One Writer’s Beginnings

The focus of O2O 3 will be storytelling; approaches that take an interdisciplinary approach are especially welcome. As in the past, we are conceiving this topic broadly – stories are passed along through oral traditions, of course, but stories also are told in the ways families interact, the way communities function, in churches, synagogues, and other religious settings, around campfires and the dinner table. For better or worse, in our modern digital age, stories are told from a multitude of platforms. Books, television shows, and movies often tell stories about the south, and sometimes we experience them as true, sometimes we do not.

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About the speakers:

Joe Newberry is a North Carolina musician and teacher of traditional music and song, Joe is a frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, and for the last six years he has served as coordinator of Old-Time Week at the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, WV.

Laurel Horton is an independent quilt researcher, writer, and editor; she attended the U of Kentucky and UNC Chapel Hill and is the author of Mary Black’s Family Quilts: Memory and Meaning in Everyday Life. Her current research focuses on quilts and counterpanes as documents of women’s expressive culture.

For More Information

Contact Anita Rose, Conference Chair @ Anita.rose@converse.edu