Can growing up in Appalachia give you the skills to succeed in life? Dr. Roberta Herrin thinks so and is happy to share her story in her talk Life Words and Life Lessons, which she will present at Lees-McRae College on July 22 as part of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia Lecture Series.
This Carter County, Tennessee, native, the Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University, has literally made a career from her experiences and education in the hills of East Tennessee. Herrin received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from ETSU and her doctorate from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and has been a professor in the English Department at ETSU since 1976.
She credits her upbringing, particularly her mother’s driving lessons, and experiences in the Ripshin Ridge section of Carter County with providing her with the skills that have served her well. Herrin is a widely recognized expert in Appalachian Studies, and has served as President of the Appalachian Studies Association and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Appalachian Consortium.
“We are privileged to have a speaker of Dr. Herrin’s stature as part of our summer lecture series,” said Dr. Michael Joslin, director of the Stephenson Center. “Her talks are full of humor and wisdom that have descended to her through her deep Appalachian roots.”
Herrin will present her program in the Stafford Room of the Carson Library on the Lees-McRae campus on Wednesday, July 22, at 7:00 p.m. The Stephenson Center for Appalachia Lecture Series is open to the public and free of charge. For information call Meghan Wright at 828-898-8729.