Please join us for this month’s Friendshippers program. The Friendshippers group gets together once a month for lunch and entertainment. Friendshippers is open to all—we don’t check IDs at the door!
Tuesday, February 10, 2015: Rob Heller: "Telling Stories in a Tennessee Coal Town." PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS MONTH’S PROGRAM IS ON A TUESDAY INSTEAD OF OUR USUAL WEDNESDAY.
Rob Heller is a professor of Journalism and Electronic Media at UT, with a specialty in photojournalism and graphic design. He's in his 29th year at UT. In 1993, Mr. Heller decided that he wanted his advanced students to do a group project on a small town, and chose LaFollette, a former coal-mining town in the Cumberland Mountains a 45-minute drive north of Knoxville. The publisher of the town’s weekly newspaper taught at the university and agreed to Mr. Heller’s class’s producing an eight-page photo section for The LaFollette Press. What started as a two-day class trip has become a 22-year project in which most of Mr. Heller’s successive classes have documented the town. The LaFollette photography project was recently featured in the New York Times Lens blog on photography, video, and visual journalism blog. A preview of the project can be seen at http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/06/telling-stories-in-a-tennessee-coal-town/
Program location: Sherrill Hills Retirement Community, 271 Moss Grove Blvd. Knoxville, TN 37922
The luncheon begins at noon and the program begins at 12:45. Lunch is $8. There is no cost for attending the program alone. Transportation is available upon request—please have your ride requests in by Friday, February 6. For more information, please contact Laura Berry at 690-6343 ext. 18 or LBerry@jewishknoxville.org