Jan Wyatt Symposium | May 30, 2014 9:00am-3:00pm

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The Ninth Annual Jan Wyatt Symposium is quickly approaching and the limited tickets are guaranteed to go fast! We are ecstatic to be hosting New York Times bestselling author and activist Sarah Vowell. Vowell has written six books of nonfiction on American history and culture, most recently Unfamiliar Fishes which was published in 2011. She was a contributing editor for the radio program This American Life on Public Radio International from 1996–2008, where she produced numerous commentaries and documentaries and toured the country in many of the program’s live shows. Vowell is part Cherokee (about 1/8 on her mother’s side and 1/16 on her father’s side). According to Vowell, “Being at least a little Cherokee in northeastern Oklahoma is about as rare and remarkable as being a Michael Jordan fan in Chicago.” She retraced the path of the forced removal of the Cherokee from the southeastern United States to Oklahoma known as the Trail of Tears with her twin sister Amy.

The Ninth Annual Jan Wyatt Symposium, “Unspeakable Journey: The Removal of the Cherokee,” will continue last year’s program on the Cherokee Nation. However, while last year focused on the early history of the Cherokee, this year’s program will delve into the heartwrenching history of the Trail of Tears and its longstanding, continuing impact on culture. The event will take place on Friday, May 30 at High Hampton Inn. The full day of presenters will include lunch. Tickets are $75 and limited so call or email now to reserve your seats. You can reach us by phone at 828-743-7710 or by email at

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