Two exciting speakers will be gracing the campus of Lees-McRae College in the coming weeks, including one of our own - Humanities Professor Dr. Allen Speer.
On April 27, Dr. Speer will present his program My Little Postage Stamp of Native Soil in the Stafford Room of the Carson Library as part of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia Lecture Series.
Based on the three volumes of his survey of his family heritage, his presentation will focus on the final volume recently published by Overmountain Press, From Boonville to Banner Elk, Speer's personal memoir that draws together his heritage and his life.
A reception and book signing will begin at 3:00 p.m., with a presentation at 3:30. The event is open to the public and free of charge.
Continuing the Stephenson Center for Appalachia Lecture Series will be Dr. Mark Banker, a history professor at the Webb School of Knoxville.
On May 6, Dr. Banker will present a lecture based on his recently published book, Appalachians All: East Tennesseans and the Elusive History of an American Region, in the Stafford Room of the Carson Library at 7:00 p.m.
Banker will focus on the process of creating this important contribution to the study of Appalachia, discussing how his personal history, the courses he teaches, and the research he followed combined to produce a study that challenges stereotypes of Appalachia and Appalachians.
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