This week at Austin Peay, the university celebrates 100 years of Governor Austin Peay, faculty books and a new podcast episode.
Centennial of Governor Austin Peay
Austin Peay State University announced it was celebrating the centennial of the governor who inspired its name.
100 years ago, on November 7, 2022, Governor Austin Peay was elected, securing a majority of nearly 40,000 votes, something no previous governor had accomplished.
Austin Peay previously served as a lawyer for six years before being elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives to represent Montgomery County, eventually earning his way to Democratic state executive committee chairman.
His legacy includes the establishment of the Tennessee Department of Transportation, eight-month school terms, and the ability to enjoy Great Smokey Mountains National Park and Reelfoot Lake State Park through his foresight.
Collection of short stories “Enough to lose”
Raymond Deeren, assistant professor in the Department of Languages and Literature at APSU, publishes a new collection of short stories centered on working-class life in the Michigan Thumb area.
The collection will cover stories from 1986 to 2016 on topics including historic floods and presidential campaigns.
“But most of the stories themselves aren’t about these huge concepts; they focus on working people,” Deeren said. “I have a working-class background, a first-generation student, and I always thought, ‘Who would I be if I hadn’t gone to college? What would I have done?”
The book will be published as part of Wayne State University’s Made in Michigan Writers series and is slated for release around fall 2023.
“The War at Home: German POWs in TN”
The second episode of Austin Peay’s “Experience Austin Peay” podcast was recently released and covers German POWs living and working in Tennessee during World War II.
The episode covers the research of APSU history professor Dr. Antonio Thompson, which resulted in two upcoming books based on the same subject – Tennessee and Kentucky POWs.
One of the points covered will include how Fort Campbell once had prison complexes that dealt with the political dynamics between the German POWs housed there.
The podcast is now live and available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Podbean and other popular podcast sites.
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