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God In Southern Story and Song

This class is offered weekly in person only from January 15-February 19.

The rich music that arose and was nurtured in the Appalachian mountains is one of the deepest and most sparkling streams in what we now think of as American music. The mountain musicians came from white, Black, and indigenous cultures, and each contributed to the amalgam of sounds and stories in Appalachian music. Lee Smith’s novel The Devil’s Dream and readings from Wynton Marsalis, Joy Harjo, and others provide lively material for discussion, and in each class, we will listen to highlights of this remarkable music.

Susan Ketchin, writer, teacher, musician, and author of The Christ-Haunted Landscape: Faith and Doubt in Southern Fiction leads the class.

Susan and Lee have been friends for many years (no telling how many), and Susan encourages us to read The Devil’s Dream as soon as possible!


Feb 19 2023


9:30 am - 10:30 am


Fellowship Hall
1712 Willow Drive Chapel Hill, NC


Susan Ketchin