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Blue Ridge International Conference on the Humanities and the Arts Held April 18-20 at Appalachian

BOONE–The fourth annual Blue Ridge International Conference on the Humanities and the Arts (BRICHA) will be held April 18-20 at Appalachian State University’s Broyhill Inn and Conference Center.

Sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the College of Arts and Sciences, this year’s meeting is expected to attract more than 200 participants to present scholarly papers and perform creative works from more than 30 states.

BRICHA 2002 will begin Thursday, April 18, at 4 p.m. with academic sessions followed by interactive workshops on Tai Chi and Appalachian clogging at 5:30 the Broyhill Inn. A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Linville Falls Room of Plemmons Student Union.

A performance of Dr. Judith Beramendi’s one-act play “Scenes from the Empty Chalices: Life of a Poet” will begin at 7:45 p.m. in the student union.

A viewing of the Brazilian hit film “Central do Brasil” (Central Station) begins at 8:45 p.m., also in the student union.

Academic and creative pursuits will continue Friday and Saturday at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center with more than 50 sessions on subjects relative to the arts and humanities, particularly the study and/or teaching of language, literature, and culture of English, French, German, Russian, and Spanish expression.

Among the sessions are a panel discussion on Native American Women and Art with guests from the Eastern band of the Cherokee, and a tribute celebrating the latest publication of Professor Ram’