Events at the Stephenson Center
Stephenson Center Programs | Fall 2014
All lectures are held on the campus of Lees-McRae in Evans Auditorium from 7 - 8 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
Thursday, September 18
Joshua Simcox ’05
As the first fall speaker in the Stephenson Center for Appalachia Lecture Series, Simcox will read from his novel Bone and Cinder: A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller and discuss the publication process. Simcox graduated from Lees-McRae in 2005 with an interdisciplinary degree in creative writing. Since then he has worked in the publishing industry and as a freelance writer. His novel is the first in the Zapheads series, which is part of the post-apocalytic world created by local author Scott Nicholson. Nicholson’s After series already has an enthusiastic following, and to satisfy the demand for more books in the series he collaborated with Simcox. Read more
Thursday, October 23
Dr. Aaron Astor | Divided Loyalties along the Tennessee-North Carolina Line in the American Civil War
Aaron Astor, associate professor of history at Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn., has written numerous articles, conference papers and book chapters on the Civil War era, focusing especially on the Upper and Border South. He is the author of the recently released Rebels on the Border: Civil War, Emancipation and the Reconstruction of Kentucky and Missouri, 1860-1872, published by LSU Press. He has also written eight articles for the award winning New York Times Disunion series, addressing such topics as guerrilla warfare, battles and campaigns in the Western Theater, popular politics, emancipation and race, and regional identity in the Appalachian South.
At Maryville College, Astor teaches a wide range of topics in American history from the Revolution to the present. He contributes to several Civil War preservation and public education organizations in Tennessee, and regularly speaks about the Civil War and regional identity in the Upper South. He is a member of the American Historical Association, the Southern Historical Association and the Society of Civil War Historians, where he serves on the Membership Committee. Read more
Thursday, November 20
Dr. Sean Collins | Fire on the Mountain: A Hotspot for Biodiversity
Dr. Collins will cover Appalachian biodiversity, diversity in streams, biological monitoring of aquatic habitats and potential threats to those habitats. Stay tuned for more details!
Dr. Michael Joslin