Scottish Heritage Symposium rapidly approaching
Laurinburg, N.C. – There is still time to register for the 2011 Charles Bascombe Shaw Memorial Scottish Heritage Symposium presented by the St. Andrews Presbyterian College Scottish Heritage Center.
The annual event will take place March 18 – 20.
“Our symposium has provided a forum for those interested in Scottish history, culture and genealogy to learn from top scholars in their respective fields,” said Bill Caudill, director of the Scottish Heritage Center. “Since beginning in 1989, our symposium has gained national recognition as a leader in the exploration of Scottish culture.”
Festivities will begin with the Scottish Heritage Center open for visitors to explore during the late morning on Friday, March 18.
After registration and opening remarks, the presentations begin Friday afternoon with the work of North Carolina native Rusty Roberson. He is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Edinburgh, who received an undergraduate degree from Pensacola College, has a M.A. in history from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has an M.S. in Education at the City University of New York. Having presented research to conferences in Galway, Ireland, Cambridge and various locations in Scotland and the U.S., Roberson will present “Openly Profane” and “Of a Poor Character”: The Argyll Colony’s Ministerial Needs and the Society in Scotland for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge’s (SSPCK) Response. He will give a second presentation, The Curious Relationship of the SSPCK to the “Great Awakening” Saturday afternoon.
Máiri Síne Chaimbeul is an internationally recognized Gaelic scholar from Plockton, Wester Ross, Scotland. She will present Traditional Tales in Gaelic Friday afternoon and Iain macMhurchairdh (John McRae), His Life and Poetry on Saturday.
A faculty member of the Gaelic College in Skye, She has taught courses in both Gaelic and Communications and has been involved in the development of B.A. courses in Gaelic and related subjects. She has written three children’s books in Gaelic and has written scripts for radio and television. She presented at the 22nd Celtic Symposium at Harvard University in 2002.
The Argyll Colony Plus editor Anne Landin is the third speaker for the weekend. A North Carolina native, she is descended from 18th century Highland emigrants. She will present An Overview of the Gaelic Language and How it Can Help in Genealogical and Historical Research on Saturday morning.
Well-known musicologist, composer, poet, playwright and broadcaster Dr. John Purser serves as the fourth presenter. In 1992, his book and eponymous radio series, Scotland’s Music, won him the McVitie Scottish Writer of the Year and Sony Gold awards respectively. He also received the 2007 Scottish Traditional Music Award for Services to the Industry. After appearing at the Scottish Heritage Symposium in 2008, he returns to share The Prehistoric Music of Scotland.
In addition to the educational activities of the weekend, three additional events have joined the symposium tradition.
Friday evening, the Scottish Heritage Awards Banquet will feature the presentation of the Scottish Heritage Center Award and the Flora Macdonald Award.
“We are honored to be able to present these awards to Ross McKinnon Morrison, Jr. and Bonnie Rideout respectively,” said Caudill. “Both have done so much to contribute to our Scottish Heritage activities in different ways.”
Morrison will receive the Scottish Heritage Center Award for outstanding contributions to the preservation and perpetuation of Scottish History culture and traditions due in large part to his work with Scottish athletics. He first assisted with the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in 1959 and has been instrumental in the development of the Scottish Heavy Events circuit in the Southeast, serving as an advisor, athletics coordinator and judge for up to 18 Scottish Games per year. He has been honored with the Honorary Kentucky Colonel and the most distinguished North Carolina award, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine. He currently serves as president of the now world-famous Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.
The Flora Macdonald Award is presented to a woman of Scottish descent who has made an outstanding contribution either to Scottish affairs or to the human community. For Rideout, her unique style of Scottish fiddling has charmed audiences across the globe, promoting both the arts and the Scottish community. She has authored seven music books for Mel Bay Publishing Company while also recording more than 13 solo albums and appearing as a guest musician on dozens of CDs. She incorporated her own record label, Tulloch Music, Ltd., in 2003. She was recognized in 2007 as one of America’s top 10 most influential traditional fiddlers of the 20th century. She is the only American to hold the honor of representing Scottish fiddle music at the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival. She is the first woman to hold the national Scottish fiddle title and the youngest to have garnered the U.S. Championship, winning it for three consecutive years.
The Grammy nominated Rideout will also be featured in the annual concert on Saturday evening. She will appear with narration by Purser and a Gaelic song by Chaimbeul. Members of the St. Andrews Presbyterian College Pipe Band will be piping and drumming in the concert as well.
The final event of the weekend is the annual Kirkin’ of the Tartans Worship Service at Laurinburg Presbyterian Church on Sunday morning.
For a full schedule of events and registration information, please go to http://www.sapc.edu/shc/scottishheritagesymposium.php or call the Scottish Heritage Center at 910-277-5236. Email reservations are also taken at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember to include Scottish Heritage in the subject line and include names of all participants.
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