April 28, 2008
Summer Enrichment Series announced

Lees-McRae College offers exciting and enriching programs throughout the summer months, and is pleased to announce the schedule for summer 2008. Programs include exceptional Summer Theatre performances, fun and educational non-credit courses and enriching lectures on Appalachia.

If you are looking to broaden your experiences this summer, or simply want to learn new things, our summer enrichment courses are for you. Designed for the general public, these non-credit courses are offered between June 7 and August 23.

The topics, listed by the date of the first class and instructor, are:

  • June 7 - Ethnic Conflict: East versus West - Dr. Anatoly Isaenko
  • June 7 - International Terrorism - Dr. Anatoly Isaenko
  • June 16 - The Nature of the Appalachians - Dr. Stewart Skeate
  • June 23 - Justice and Reconciliation: The Irish Troubles - John Mosbey
  • July 7 - Square and Contra Dancing - Dr. Warren Doyle
  • July 7 - Couple Dancing - Dr. Warren Doyle
  • July 7 - The Water of Life: Appreciating the Finer Points of Scottish History and Culture - Dr. Fiona Chrystall
  • July 14 - The Appalachian Trail - Dr. Warren Doyle
  • July 15 - Beginning Clogging - Stacey Trivett
  • July 15 - Beginning Tap - Stacey Trivett
  • August 2 - Approaching Wine: A Basic Introduction - Dustin Ellis
  • August 5 - Creative Explorations - Dr. Tessa Carr

The John B. Stephenson Lecture Series on Appalachia also offers enriching and educational experiences on Wednesday evenings during July.

First in the series is Dr. Peter Crow, Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Ferrum College and Director of the NEH Summer Institutes on Appalachia, presenting his lecture titled "Do, Die, or Get Along (Some Unexpected Coalfield Lessons in Cultural Exchange)" on July 9 at 7 p.m. in Abrams Auditorium in the Carson Library. He will be talking about his field research in the towns of St. Paul and Dante in the southwest Virginia coalfields, which was the basis of his recent book, Do, Die, or Get Along: A Tale of Two Appalachian Towns.

Next up in the series is Dr. Amy Clark on July 16 at 7 p.m. in Abrams Auditorium with her lecture, "Quiltin', Cookin', and Testifyin' (Central Appalachian Women Writing Their Lives)." 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.

Ending the series with "Appalachian Women during the Civil War" is Dr. John Inscoe on July 23 at 7 p.m. in Abrams Auditorium. Inscoe is a University Professor of History at the University of Georgia and considered an authority on the Civil War in the mountains of western North Carolina and north Georgia.

As an addition to the Stephenson Lecture Series on Appalachia, Dr. Warren Doyle, noted Appalachian scholar and Assistant Professor of Education at Lees-McRae, will a series of lectures called Summer Sunday Evenings.

Doyle's lectures begin June 30 at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium with a slide/music lecture on The Appalachian Trail. This presentation on the famous 2,174 mile trail that runs through our neighborhood on its way from Georgia to Maine, has been well-received by audiences in many states who have described it as "informative, inspirational, entertaining and thought-provoking."

On July 6 at 7 p.m., Doyle will present "The Life and Poetry of Don West." Don West was a noted Appalachian educator, minister, activist, and people's poet as well as Doyle's mentor for many years while West served as the director of the Appalachian South Folklife Center in Pipestem, WV.

The final lecture in Doyle's series titled "30,000 Miles of Trail Stories" takes place July 13 at 7 p.m. in Abrams Auditorium. This storytelling session has entertaining and thought-provoking tales from Doyle, who has hiked the Appalachian Trail 14 times.

FORUM and Lees-McRae Summer Theatre also offer wonderful experiences during the summer. For additional information regarding Lees-McRae Summer Theatre, visit Please visit for additional information about FORUM programs and patronage.

To view a PDF version of the Summer Enrichment Series brochure, visit

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