Jack Tales from the Richard Chase Collection

Jack Tales from the Richard Chase Collection Presented by John Williams. (Presentation can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization.) In 1983, while working as a scholar-in-residence for the Tennessee Committee for the Humanities, Dr. Williams had the opportunity to travel around the mountains with Richard Chase, the famous Jack Tale collector. During … Read more

How To Collect Your Community Stories

How To Collect Your Community Stories Presented by John Williams. (Presentation can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization.) This presentation focuses on Oral History and its value to a community. Dr. Williams will share stories from two projects which he directed: the Appalachian Oral History Project and the Great Smoky Mountains Project. … Read more

The Rise of ISIS and the Sunni/Shiite Schism

The Rise of ISIS and the Sunni/Shiite Schism Presented by John Williams. (Presentation can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization.) This presentation focuses on the differences between the beliefs and customs of Shiite Moslems in Iran and those of their neighbors, the Sunnis in Iraq. Focusing on the theoretical underpinnings of these … Read more

Legends and Ghost Stories from the South

Legends and Ghost Stories from the South Presented by John Williams. (Presentation can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization.) The South has a rich tradition of folk literature that draws upon oral tradition and colorful language for its substance. Legends, folk history, songs, foodways, customs, and unique dialects permeate the ghost stories … Read more

Tales From the Mill Villages

Tales From the Mill Villages Presented by John Williams. (Presentation can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization.) The Folklore and oral traditions from the mill villages are rapidly changing as the they go the way of the coal camps in the mountains. Storytelling itself, the connective tissue of the community, has been … Read more

Stories From Our Mountain Heritage

Stories From Our Mountain Heritage Presented by John Williams. (Presentation can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization.) An entertaining storyteller, Dr. Williams portrays the characters from folk tales collected from Appalachian migrants in Cincinnati, Ohio. He highlights the migrants’ deep-seated sense of place as he recreates characters in Appalachian dialect. Especially moving … Read more