Stephenson Center for Appalachia to host lecture by Lees-McRae professor Dr. Billy Carver

March 14, 2016

Continuing its exploration of Appalachian history and culture, the Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae College will host Dr. Billy Carver on Thursday, March 17. His lecture, titled “Mountain Air: Tuberculosis in Appalachia,” will cover the fascinating facts behind the mountains’ place in medical history. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center and is free and open to the public.

Carver, program director for health sciences at Lees-McRae, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee in microbiology. He continued his studies at Vanderbilt University where he received his doctorate with concentrations in cell and developmental biology while researching transcription factor biology of the lung in preterm infants. An assistant professor of biology, Carver is also the department’s laboratory coordinator.

“We are fortunate to have someone with Dr. Carver’s expertise to discuss Appalachia’s medical history.  He is not only a distinguished scholar; he is also an entertaining and enlightening lecturer,” said Dr. Michael Joslin, director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia. “We invite everyone to join us for this informative 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

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