July 22, 2011
Dr. William Turner presents third Stephenson Lecture July 27 on black Appalachia

Dr. William Turner, Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Studies and Regional Ambassador from Berea College, will present a program as part of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia's Summer Lecture Series this Wednesday, July 27th, at Lees-McRae College in the Carson Library. Beginning at 7:00 p.m., Turner will share his experiences and insights as Southern Appalachia's premier scholar of black Appalachia.

Born in Lynch, Kentucky, Bill Turner pioneered the study of African Americans in Appalachia. Turner's mentor at the University of Kentucky where he received his B.A. degree in 1968 was John Stephenson, whom the lecture series celebrates. Turner proceeded to receive his master's degree and doctorate from the University of Notre Dame. His book Blacks in Appalachia published in 1985 is a seminal work in the field.

"Dr. Bill Turner is a unique voice in Appalachian scholarship. He is an excellent speaker as well as scholar," said Dr. Michael Joslin, director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia. "His personal experience, his writings, and his wide acquaintance throughout Southern Appalachia provide an illuminating perspective on the black Appalachian experience. We invite everyone to join us for this important program."

Turner's lecture is free and open to the public beginning at 7:00 p.m. on July 27th in the Carson Library on the Lees-McRae campus. For information call Meghan Wright at 898-8729.

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