June 26, 2008
John B. Stephenson Lecture Series on Appalachia begins July 9

Learn more about Appalachian culture and the region during the John B. Stephenson Lecture Series on Appalachia at Lees-McRae College Wednesday evenings in July. Named in honor of the late Dr. John B. Stephenson, noted Appalachian and Scottish Highlands scholar, the series features three scholars whose work has contributed to the advancement of the discipline of Appalachian Studies and the region itself.

Dr. Peter Crow opens the series July 9 at 7 p.m. in Abrams Auditorium in the Carson Library on the campus of Lees-McRae. His lecture "Do, Die, or Get Along - Some Unexpected Coalfield Lessons in Cultural Education" will feature his field research in the towns of St. Paul and Dante in the southwest Virginia coalfields. Dr. Crow is a Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Ferrum College where he is Chair of the Division of Language, Literature, Philosophy, and Religion.

Next in the series is Dr. Amy Clark with her lecture "Quiltin', Cookin', and Testifyin' - Central Appalachian Women Writing Their Lives" July 16 at 7 p.m. in Abrams Auditorium. Dr. Clark is an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric at the University of Virginia at Wise where she also serves as the Founding Director of the Appalachian Writing Project.

Dr. John Inscoe closes the series July 23 at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center with his lecture, "Appalachian Women during the Civil War." Dr. Inscoe is a University Professor of History at the University of Georgia and is considered an authority on the Civil War in the mountains of western North Carolina and north Georgia.

"This year's speakers are outstanding teachers and scholars who will provide memorable evenings of stories that celebrate the rich culture and history of Appalachia," said Provost Dr. Debra Thatcher. "Be sure to linger at the end of the presentations for informal chats with the speakers."

The Stephenson Lecture series is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Warren Doyle at (828) 898-8896 or . You can also visit the lecture series website at

"We hope that area residents who are interested in the cultural heritage of these magnificent mountains will visit our beautiful campus on Wednesday evenings to listen to these interesting speakers," said Dr. Warren Doyle, past director of the Stephenson Center.

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