Chattanooga Conference on Southern Literature
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Conference History


mrc.jpg (24632 bytes) In 1981 the Arts & Education Council (AEC) created the Chattanooga Conference on Southern Literature in keeping with the AEC's basic mission to provide the community with learning opportunities in the arts and humanities.

The Conference has achieved a reputation for excellence in bringing together the region's diverse creative talent in celebration of what has now become an internationally known art form. While the primary focus of the Conference is on the works of Southern novelists, poets, historians and other writers, it also offers samplings of related forms, including film, music, theater and photography.


The idea for the Conference originated from Professor Arlie Herron, a member of the AEC’s Humanities Committee and chair of the first Conference. The 1981 Conference featured the authors Margaret Walker Alexander, Cleanth Brooks, Andrew Lytle, Walker Percy and Eudora Welty--towering figures in the fields of fiction, poetry and literary criticism. The large attendance and favorable comments generated by the first Conference demanded succeeding Conferences every other year.

The 1999 Conference marks the tenth anniversary of the program's founding.


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