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Remembering the Trail of Tears Arts and Lecture Series

Georgia Humanities CouncilRemembering the Trail of Tears is a series of five lectures and performances during the 2013-2014 academic year commemorating the 175th anniversary of that event. The Trail of Tears, forced removal of south-eastern Native  Americans from their homeland, occurred during 1838-1839. More than a fourth of those uprooted died as they traveled. This year we will remember and try to understand this sad event in our history. 

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This project is supported by the Georgia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. For more information, visit them on their website at www.georgiahumanities.org. Additionally, Berry College would like to thank the Chieftains Museum for their participation and contribution to this series. Be sure to visit them on-line at chieftainsmuseum.org and to visit the Chieftains Museum in Rome, GA.

Upcoming Guest Speakers

Dr. Sarah H. Hill: March 13, 2014

Sarah H. HillSarah H. Hill is an independent scholar residing in Atlanta, Georgia. A Ph.D. from Emory University in American Studies, her Weaving New Worlds:Southeastern Cherokee Women and their Basketry (University of North Carolina Press: 1997) tells the story of Cherokee women through an examination of the changes in their basketry. More recently, her attention has turned to the Cherokee removal and the forts in north Georgia in which Cherokees were held during the removal.


Cherokees, Georgians, and the Trail of Tears from Rome, 1838
Where: Krannert Ballroom E
When: Thursday, March 13; 7:00 PM
Cost: Free   

Past Guest Speakers

Grant Lee Phillips: September 28, 2013

Grant Lee Phillips

Grant-Lee Phillips is a singer-songwriter and Americana musician who is a registered member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and a descendant of both those who were forced to relocate and those who forced them to relocate. Phillips' latest album, “Walking in the Green Corn,” draws from his intensive investigations into his native lineage. Widely revered as one of the most important songwriters of his generation, Grant-Lee Phillips will walk us through some of our troubled past and into a hopeful future. Visit him on his website.

An Evening with Grant Lee Phillips
Where: Ford Auditorium
When: Saturday, September 28; Doors open at 7:00 PM and the concert starts at 8:00 PM
Cost: Free for students, faculty and students with Berry ID; others $10 at the door


Brian Hicks: October 10, 2013

Brian HicksBrian Hicks is the author of five books, most recently Toward the Setting Sun: John Ross, the Cherokees and the Trail of Tears. Hicks and his books have been featured on National Public Radio and in major newspapers, including The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Chicago Tribune. Visit him on his website.

Toward the Setting Sun: John Ross, Major Ridge and the Battle for the Cherokee Nation
Where: Krannert Center Ballroom E
When: Thursday, October 10; 7:00 PM
Cost: Free  



Diane Glancy: November 14, 2013

Diane GlancyDiane Glancy is a Cherokee novelist, poet and playwright who has taught Native American literature and creative writing courses at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota and at Azusa Pacific University in California. Her Pushing the Bear: A Novel of the Trail of Tears and its sequel, Pushing the Bear: After the Trail of Tears, tell the stories of the tale of Cherokee brothers O-ga-na-ya and Knobowtee and their families, as well the Reverend Jesse Bushyhead, a Cherokee Christian minister. Visit her on Azusa Pacific University's website.

"Pushing the Bear": A Reading
Where: McAllister Hall Auditorium
When: Thursday, November 14; 5:00 PM
Cost: Free


Tim Alan Garrison: February 24, 2014

Tim Alan GarrisonHistorian Tim Alan Garrison of the Department of History at Portland State University is a native Georgian. He has written numerous essays on the United States Native American  removal policy, as well as a recent book, The Legal Ideology of Removal: The Southern Judiciary and the Sovereignty of Native American Nations. Dr. Garrison’s fields of expertise include American legal history, history of the southern United States, American Indian legal history, U.S. Indian policy and history of the removal crisis. Visit him on University of Georgia Press'  website

Culpability for the Trail of Tears: The Trial of Andrew Jackson 
Where: Krannert Center Ballroom E 
When: Monday, February 24; 7:00 PM 
Cost: Free  

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