May 10, 2013
Lees-McRae to host summer lectures and performances

After a long winter, and spring, of cabin fever, Lees-McRae has a full slate of summer lectures and performances to get you and your family out of the house for a little fun and education, too!

If you prefer to watch a great show, then Lees-McRae’s Summer Theatre productions are right up your alley. With three fantastic performances scheduled from July 1 – August 10, you’ll have plenty of chances to enjoy the thrills of Broadway in your own backyard. This year’s productions are Chicago, The 39 Steps, and Singin’ In The Rain. All shows are held in the Broyhill Theatre of Hayes Auditorium. For more information on Summer Theatre call 828-898-8709.  Online ticket purchases are available at The Box Office is open in Hayes Auditorium.

After the glitz and glamour of Summer Theatre, dive back into academia with the Stephenson Center for Appalachia Summer Lecture Series.

Scheduled for three consecutive Wednesdays in July, the Stephenson Center will welcome a variety of lecturers focusing their talks on Appalachian issues. This year’s speakers include Joseph Bathanti (July 10), Poet Laureate of North Carolina, presenting a reading of his poetry; Dr. Lloyd Bailey (July 17), professor at Methodist College and Mount Olive College, presenting a lecture: “Old Yancey (The Present Avery-Mitchell-Yancey Counties), the County that Almost Wasn’t and the Character of its Inhabitants”; and Dr. Marie Tedesco (July 24), professor at East Tennessee State University, presenting the lecture “Women and Labor History in Appalachia.” All lectures will be held in the Stafford Room of Carson Library beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. Michael Joslin, director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia, at or 828.898.8758.

For more information about summer programs at Lees-McRae College, please contact Megan Hall, director of communications, at or 828.898.8729.

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Blaine Hansen  |  Vice President of Strategic Planning and Effectiveness
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