Stephenson Center for Appalachia to host guest speaker Dr. Kristen Deathridge

February 19, 2016

Join us on Thursday, February 25 as we celebrate Black History Month with Dr. Kristen Baldwin Deathridge’s lecture “Public History and the History of an African-American Appalachian Community.” The program, part of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia Lecture Series, will begin at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.

An Appalachian State University professor, Deathridge supervises the graduate program in historic preservation, as well as teaching public history to undergraduate and graduate students. She received her doctorate from Middle Tennessee State University and pursues research in the adaptive reuse of religious buildings, specifically how adaptive reuse preservation techniques may ensure the sustainability of the historic environment in changing neighborhoods. 

“We are fortunate to have Dr. Deathridge share her expertise on the important topic of African-American culture in Appalachia. This subject allows us to celebrate Black History Month in a meaningful way,” said Dr. Michael Joslin, director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia. “We invite everyone to join us for her program.”

The John B. Stephenson Center for Appalachian and Comparative Highland Studies was founded in 2001 with a mission to promote understanding and appreciation of the Southern Appalachian region through education, outreach, and artistic activities. For more information about the lecture or center, please contact Dr. Michael Joslin at

This presentation has been postponed until Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m. in Carson Library, Room 219.

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