Arts & Lectures Events
All of Holmes Community College’s Arts & Lectures events are open to the public and free unless otherwise indicated below. For more information about events at the Goodman Campus call 662-472-9165; for events at the Grenada Campus call 662-227-2354; for events at the Ridgeland Campus call 601-605-3371.
Monday, October 14, 2013, 4 p.m.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
|Paula J. Lambert, Visiting Author|
Thursday, November 14, 2013, 7 p.m.
|Ballet Magnificat! Most Incredible Christmas|
Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
|Jessica W. Brown,
2013 Humanities Teacher Award Recipient
Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 7 p.m.
|"Carols of Christmas” Concert & Holiday Bake Sale|
Saturday, February 22, 2014, 7 p.m.
|Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives in Concert|
Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
|Randy Blythe, Poet|
Monday, March 17, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
|Sandy Middleton, "Human Trafficking: Is it Really That Close to Home?"|
Sunday, March 23, 2014 – 2 p.m.
Monday, March 31, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
|Ruth White, Guest Lecturer|
Wednesday, April 14, 2014, 2 p.m.,
|Beverly Derden Fatherree, Guest Lecturer|
Paula J. Lambert, Lecture/Reading. Monday, October 14, 2013, 4 p.m.
Goodman Campus, McDaniel Hall Auditorium | Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Ridgeland Campus, D.P. “Pat” McGowan Workforce Training Center
As part of its Arts and Letters Series, the English and Foreign Language Department
of Holmes Community College hosts a lecture/reading by former HCC English instructor
Paula J. Lambert.
Ms. Lambert, author of The Sudden Seduction of Gravity (Full/Crescent Press, 2012) and The Guilt That Gathers (Pudding House, 2009), was born and raised in north central Massachusetts. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University.
She received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in 2004 and was a resident fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in 2005. She has published poetry, fiction, and essays in numerous journals, including Hawai’i Review, Wisconsin Review, Other Voices, Zone 3, Cleveland Magazine, SLAB, Lake Effect, and The Awakenings Review. She currently resides in Dublin, Ohio, with her husband and children.
Ballet Magnificat! presents Most Incredible Christmas, Thursday, November 14, 2013, 7 p.m., Grenada Campus, Corey Forum
The Grenada Arts Partnership: Grenada and Holmes Partner for the Arts proudly presents Ballet Magnificat!’s Most Incredible Christmas.
Most Incredible Christmas is a Broadway-style contemporary ballet that tells the story of a town’s contest to find the most extraordinary and incredible thing about the Christmas season.
Contestants entertain the audience with loveable traditions, songs that capture the spectacle of the season, and reflections on the first Christmas. Set to heartwarming, familiar Christmas tunes from around the world, the evening’s contest comes to a close as the winner – Jesus, King of kings, Lord of all – is declared and adored!
You will be uplifted by an evening of lively variety, including “Winter Wonderland,” “We Three Kings” and “Joy To The World” as you join the celebration of Emmanuel – God with us.
Jessica Brown grew up loving all things involving literature and fashion, thanks in large part to her mother, an avid reader and shoe enthusiast. She attended University of Mississippi where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English and History. While there, she enjoyed studies of Mississippi, from its literature to its history to its music.
Two weeks after graduating, Jessica married her college sweetheart, Jeffrey Brown, and the two found themselves in Goodman, MS where Jeffrey took a job as assistant band director at Holmes Community College. Not even a month after moving to Goodman, Jessica received an offer to teach English at Central Holmes Christian School where she found her calling as a teacher.
Within a year, Jessica enrolled in graduate school at Mississippi State University where she received her Master of Arts degree in English. It was there she discovered an enthusiasm for contemporary literature, particularly the works of Margaret Atwood.
Jessica began teaching in the English Department at Holmes Community College in 2006 and is currently in her eighth year there. During her time at Holmes, she has taught developmental English courses, English Composition I and II, and British Literature.
When Jessica is not teaching or when J. Crew is not offering a sample sale, she enjoys
hanging out at her home in Canton with Jeffrey; their two-year-old son, Vincent Jude;
and their first “child”, Weezy-cat.
"Carols of Christmas” Concert & Holiday Bake Sale, Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 7 p.m.,
Goodman Campus, McDaniel Hall Auditorium
Admission: General Admission - $5, Holmes CC Students - $3, Children Age 12 or Under – Free Admission; ** One (1) Free Admission with each item purchased from the Holiday Bake Sale**
There’s no place like Holmes, especially at Christmas!
Carols of Christmas, an annual festive concert on the Goodman Campus, has become an anticipated mainstay at Holmes Community College. Featuring students and faculty from the Choral, Vocal, Piano, and Guitar Divisions of the Fine Arts Department, this inspirational night is the musical highlight of the Christmas season. Performing ensembles include the Holmes Concert Chorale, Coachmen Singers, and The Holmes Connection!, as well as vocal soloists, piano duets, and more.
Favorite holiday classics from various eras and styles are intermingled with specially prepared newer works. From the reverent and sweet, to the catchy and upbeat, the audience is blessed with an aural and visual treat. With an occasional visit from Santa himself, there are familiar sights and sounds for all ages to enjoy.
Paired with this year’s concert is an annual Holiday Bake Sale Fundraiser in the McDaniel Hall Lobby. Whole cakes, pies, baked goods, casseroles, and cookies by the dozen will be sold. Some items will be fresh and some already frozen, ready to heat and serve at Christmas parties or family gatherings. Prices range from $10-$25. One (1) free admission to the concert will be given with each item purchased from the Bake Sale.
Come join us for a delightful night of traditional and contemporary sounds of the season!
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, Saturday, February 22, 2014, 7 p.m., Grenada Campus: Corey Forum
The Grenada Arts Partnership: Grenada and Holmes Partner for the Arts proudly presents Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives in concert.
Marty Stuart is a five time GRAMMY-winner, platinum recording artist, Grand Ole Opry star, country music archivist, Southern culture historian, photographer, musician, songwriter, TV show host, charismatic force of nature, and country music fan.
Since starting out singing gospel as a child, Stuart has spent over four decades celebrating American roots music with a missionary's zeal. His teenage years on tour with bluegrass legend Lester Flatt in the '70s were followed by six years in Johnny Cash's band during the '80s and a chart-topping tenure as a solo artist in the '90s.
Stuart's zest for every conceivable flavor of country music is also seen regularly by TV viewers these days, on RFD-TV's "The Marty Stuart Show", a musical variety show and the number one program on the Network. Marty is supported by his band, The Fabulous Superlatives: guitarist Kenny Vaughan, drummer Harry Stinson, and bassist Paul Martin.
Musicologist Peter North cites, "Marty Stuart seems wrapped in his destiny at this point in time. Not only as country music's most notable ambassador/caretaker, but as its main archetypical crusader. He has without question evolved into one of the most important roots musicians and visionaries in America."
Randy Blythe, Poet, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 6:30 p.m., Ridgeland Campus, D.P. “Pat” McGowan Workforce Training Center
As part of its Arts and Letters Series, the English and Foreign Language Department of Holmes Community College hosts a presentation by poet Randy Blythe.
Randy Blythe was born in Alabama and studied at the University of Alabama. He edited Aura from 1986 to 1988, then co-founded Birmingham Poetry Review, co-editing (1988-1998) and assistant-editing (1998-2008) that publication for two decades. He lives in Birmingham where he teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has published poems in numerous little magazines, among them The Laurel Review, Tar River Poetry, South Carolina Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, and Black Warrior Review. His latest book is entitled The Human Part.
'Human Trafficking: Is it Really That Close to Home?' assembly, Monday, March 17,
2014, 6:30 p.m., Ridgeland Campus, D.P. “Pat” McGowan Workforce Training Center
Sandy Middleton, Executive Director of The Center for Violence Prevention, will discuss human trafficking and the dangers it can cause to our community during an assembly presented by the Holmes Community College Paralegal Technology Program on the Ridgeland Campus.
She has a background in political and non-profit development and consulting. Sandy has served as the Legislative Director for the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and she works in partnership with the Attorney General’s office to pass legislation to improve victim safety and to hold offenders accountable. Middleton is presently serving as the Chair of Mississippi’s Domestic Violence Task Force.
Middleton trains law enforcement and other service providers across the state, while working with her staff and board which she calls “the best of the best.”
Middleton is married to Fred Middleton of Natchez, Miss. and they have four children
together, along with 4 dogs, one of which is the Service Dog for The Center for Violence
Prevention. Sandy received her B.A. in English Language and Literature from Millsaps
College and her Master’s in Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State
'Three Billy Goats Gruff' puppet musical, Sunday, March 23, 2014, 2 p.m., Grenada Campus: Corey Forum
The Grenada Arts Partnership: Grenada and Holmes Partner for the Arts proudly presents Bits N Pieces Puppet Theatre production of “Three Billy Goats Gruff.”
Giant glow-in-the-dark puppets dominate the stage in the classic Three Billy Goats Gruff. Children will delight in the lively musical action with these larger-than-life puppets performed by the internationally acclaimed Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre. This toe-tapping musical production features towering nine-foot-tall dancing puppets, live actress Holli Rubin, and a host of other singing and dancing characters. Suitable for audiences of all ages.
Ruth White, Guest Lecturer Monday, March 31, 2014, 6:30 p.m., Ridgeland Campus D.P. "Pat" McGowan Workforce Training Center
As part of its ongoing Civil War to Civil Rights series, the History and Political Science Department of Holmes Community College hosts a lecture by USM graduate student Ruth White. Ms. White has presented at several regional conferences in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama and has experience in the field of public history.
Ms. White's presentation will compare the experiences of Natchez and Vicksburg during the American Civil War and their differing memories of commitment to the Confederate cause as time passed. Much of White's material for the event comes from her Master's thesis, "A Tale of Two Cities: Vicksburg and Natchez, Mississippi during the American Civil War."
Beverly Derden Fatherree, Guest Lecturer, Wednesday, April 14, 2014, 2 p.m., Grenada Center Corey Forum | Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 3:30 p.m., Goodman Campus, McDaniel Hall Auditorium
Beverly Derden Fatherree will present "Flannery O'Conner: In Her Own Words" twice at Holmes Community College. She'll be in Grenada at the Grenada Center on April 14 at 2 p.m. and in Goodman on April 16 in McDaniel Auditorium at 3:30 p.m.
Mary Flannery O'Connor, who was born in Savannah, GA, and lived most of her life in Milledgeville, GA, is known for her short stories and novels, which are usually concerned with the individual's relationship with God. She combines humor, the grotesque, violence, and a flair for the colloquial in a way that is unique, and that uniqueness has secured her a place in Southern literature like no other writer.
While her novels, Wise Blood and The Violent Bear It Away, as well as her collections of short stories, A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Everything That Rises Must Converge, are masterpieces, her nonfiction prose works are equally engaging. Often serious, often funny, often poignant, these pieces present the real Flannery O'Connor. She writes about her family, her friends, her work, her religion, and her peacocks, as well as other topics which are as provocative as her fiction.
"Flannery O'Connor: In Her Own Words" weaves these gems of O'Connor's nonfiction prose into a dramatic monologue that touches many of her favorite topics and invites the audience to visit with Mary Flannery and hear her opinions as only she can deliver them.
Beverly Derden Fatherree has taught English at Hinds Community College for over 30 years and currently serves as the Curriculum Coordinator for English/MFL and the Academic Liaison for Dual Enrollment courses. During her time at Hinds, she has taught every course offered in all levels of English. Her special area of interest is Southern women writers, and she has presented scholarly programs at NCTE, CCCC, and TYCA-SE on topics such as Southern women writers and the civil rights movement, the sense of place in Lee Smith's work, the grotesque in the works of Southern women writers, and Eudora Welty and Race in Photos and Fiction.
Beverly has presented her Flannery O'Connor show at the Flannery O'Connor birthplace in Savannah and throughout the South. In addition, besides teaching full time and serving on a number of committees at Hinds as well as in her regional English organization, Beverly serves as a docent at the Eudora Welty House. She is married to Dr. Ben Fatherree, retired history professor at Hinds, and is the proud mother of Heather Farris Bennett and Catherine Farris Peterson. She is also the doting grandmother to Caroline Farris Bennett, Anna Catherine Bennett, and Henry Russell Bennett.