The John B. Stephenson Center for Appalachian and Comparative Highland Studies was founded in July 2001 in order to further understanding of Appalachia. Our main purpose is to encourage students and faculty to experience and study the rich culture and history of our mountains. We house the Appalachian Studies Minor and support campus speakers and outreach for highland topics.
But the need for leadership and vision and the ability to think ahead is real. The changing mix of population brought about by immigration (to the mountains) only serves to heighten the importance of the need for sharper native vision. It is not only nature that abhors a vacuum. Where there is no vision the people may not perish as individuals, but they may well perish as a people.
-John B. Stephenson
The Stephenson Center celebrates a man who dared, dreamed and achieved. We strive to inspire and encourage students, faculty and community members to emulate this outstanding Appalachian scholar and leader.
Dr. Michael Joslin
Stephenson Center for Appalachia
191 Main Street
Banner Elk, NC 28604