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Macon Artist Connie Redd Wins Juried Art Exhibition

In News on April 5, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Macon artist Connie Redd won the top prize at Monday’s World in Conflict Juried Exhibition opening on the Middle Georgia College Cochran campus.  She won for her piece “The News at 4 A.M.” (pictured above), which was made with oils, oil sticks, and oil pastels.  The piece was made in 2009.

Artist Jessica Eanes of Barnesville, Georgia, earned an Honorable Mention for her digital photograph, “This Won’t Hurt a Bit.”  The photograph was made in spring 2010.

Both award-winning works are for sale.

For more information, contact Mr. Charlie Agnew, Associate Professor of Art and Peacock Gallery Director at Middle Georgia College (478.934.3043).

Journalist Michael Sallah is Big Read Keynote Speaker

In News on March 28, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Michael Sallah is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist whose powerful presentations on soldiers in war have captivated audiences across the country.

Sallah was the lead reporter in 2003 who uncovered one of the great military secrets of the last century:  the Tiger Force case — the story of an elite platoon that dangerously spun out of control in Vietnam in 1967, slaughtering hundreds of civilians.  The case was substantiated by the military in the longest war crimes case of the Vietnam conflict, but later buried by the Pentagon.  Sallah and his colleagues received the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for exposing the events.  He recently co-authored the book, Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War, which has been hailed by literary critics as one of the most important books ever written about the Vietnam War.

During his career, Sallah has received numerous state and national awards for his investigative stories on topics ranging from white-collar crime and clerical sex abuse to terrorism.  Now investigations editor for The Miami Herald, Sallah has interviewed hundreds of veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq to explore one of the most fascinating and least understood aspects of war: why soldiers lose control.

Sallah will speak on MGC’s Cochran campus on Monday, April 9, in Russell Hall.  The event is free and open to the public.

Big Read Coming to Cochran in April

In News on March 13, 2012 at 2:43 pm

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded Middle Georgia College $7,500 to host a Big Read project in Bleckley County in April.

According to the NEA, the Big Read is “an initiative…designed to restore reading to the center of American culture” by funding and sponsoring community activities related to a work of literature.  MGC was one of 76 not-for-profit organizations selected nationwide to host the Big Read, with over $1 million in grants awarded in 2011.

The Cochran-Bleckley Big Read will focus on award-winning author Tim O’Brien’s collection of Vietnam-era stories, The Things They Carried.  Events will include a keynote address, public film showings, small-group discussions of the book, the MGC International Festival, a memoir writing workshop, a student writing contest, and more.

Dr. Crystal O’Leary-Davidson, Chair of the Division of Humanities at Middle Georgia College and the grant’s author and coordinator, said, “O’Brien’s collection is a perfect choice to promote the value of reading. The Things They Carried is not only about the effects of war on the individual but also the power of storytelling as a way to better understand ourselves.”

Local organizations partnering with the Middle Georgia College Big Read initiative include Bleckley County High School, The Tessie W. Norris Cochran-Bleckley County Public Library, the Cochran-Bleckley Chamber of Commerce, and the Bleckley Arts Alliance.  Events and activities are planned and coordinated by faculty and staff from Middle Georgia College and Bleckley County High School, as well as the Friends of the Library and the Chamber of Commerce.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.