If the natural and human history of Southern Appalachia interests you, come to Lees-McRae College on November 17th to participate in the John B. Stephenson Lecture Series. Dr. Michael Joslin will lead a discussion of life in the Toe River Valley with his slide presentation Our Living Heritage beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Stafford Room of the Carson Library.
The director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia, Joslin teaches in the Communication Arts Program, the Art and Design Program, the English Program, and the Appalachian Studies Program. He has published five books on Appalachia: Mountain People, Places and Ways; More Mountain People, Places, and Ways; Appalachian Bounty; Our Living Heritage, and Highland Handcrafters. The Overmountain Press will publish his latest book, Mountain Spring later this month.
Living in the Toe River Valley since 1983, Joslin has written about and photographed the area to document both the present life of the valley and the traditions that are slipping into the past. He has interviewed hundreds of mountain folks who preserve their heritage in both their memories and their ways of life, and he has hiked many mountain trails and woodlands documenting the natural wonders of the area.
“Our mountain community has a distinctive culture and spirit,” said Joslin. “We must recognize and support the richness of our life and environment. What we have is unique and valuable. I invite everyone interested in Appalachia to join us in our program.”
Stephenson Lectures are free and open to the public. Joslin’s presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Stafford Room of the Carson Library on the Lees-McRae Campus on Thursday, November 17. For information contact Meghan Wright 898-8729.