June 26, 2008
Summer Sunday Evenings begin June 29

As an addition to the John B. Stephenson Center Lecture Series on Appalachia at Lees-McRae, Dr. Warren Doyle, a noted Appalachian scholar and member of the faculty at Lees-McRae, will present a series of lectures called Summer Sunday Evenings at Lees-McRae College.

Dr. Doyle opens the series June 29 at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center with a slide and music lecture about the Appalachian Trail. Learn more about the famous 2,174 mile trail that runs through the area on its way from Georgia to Maine in what audiences have described as an "informative, inspirational, entertaining, and thought-provoking" lecture.

The next presentation is July 6 at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. This time he will be discussing the life and poetry of Don West. West was a noted Appalachian educator, minister, activist, and people's poet, as well as an early advocate of Appalachian Studies. West holds the distinction of being the most heavily investigated southern Appalachian during the McCarthy period.

Dr. Doyle ends his series with "30,000 Miles of Trail Stories" July 13 at 7 p.m. in Abrams Auditorium in the Carson Library. Someone who has walked 30,000 miles on the Appalachian Trail (14 times to be exact) should have some entertaining and thought-provoking stories to share. This storytelling session will cover a variety of themes and is sure to entertain.

The 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

"I invite area residents to spend three Sunday evenings at our beautiful campus experiencing the beauty and adventure of the Appalachian Trail and the wonderful, thought-provoking poetry of an amazing Appalachian - Don West." said Dr. Doyle.

Before coming to Lees-McRae in 2004, Dr. Warren Doyle taught Appalachian Studies for four years at Concord College and for eleven years at George Mason University. Besides his appreciation of the history and culture of Appalachia, he has expressed his wonder of the physical geography by walking the entire Appalachian Trail a record fourteen times. National Geographic referred to him as a 'legend' and Sports Illustrated a 'hiker-philosopher trek star'. He is the founder and honorary lifetime member of the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association.

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