Stephenson Center for Appalachia to offer a variety of summer courses

May 09, 2014

While spring advances, at Lees-McRae College everyone will soon be singing, “It’s summer time, and the learning is easy.” The Stephenson Center for Appalachia’s summer courses offer something for everyone. The schedule is staggered to give students the chance to take a variety of options focusing on the mountains and choose either seated or online classes.

Dr. Stewart Skeate’s Appalachian Ecology course will be held May 19 – 30. The class meets from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, as Dr. Skeate takes his students to a wide variety of mountain natural communities.

Also beginning May 19 is Genealogy Research in Appalachia offered by Professor Faith Shaffner. The course runs through July 25 and meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 – 3:15 p.m. as Shaffner provides an intensive introduction to genealogy research using a variety of materials.

Beginning June 2, Dr. Michael Joslin will offer an Appalachian Photography class that will run through June 9. The course meets from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, as Joslin takes the class to various natural and historical sites each morning, then back to the classroom for the students to edit their digital photographs and present them to the class.

For those who prefer studying on their own schedule, several online courses are available. Beginning May 19, Professor Matt Hitechew will offer History of the Appalachian Trail, which runs through June 20, and History of the Southern Appalachian Region, which also runs through June 20; and Professor Jesse Knight will offer Appalachian Documentary Production, which runs through August 1.

Beginning May 26 and running through June 20 is Professor Kathy Oslon’s Feminine Voice in Appalachian Literature. This course examines women writers in Appalachia whose work covers the entire scope of individual experience, wielding literary force as well as political and social influence.

Next, beginning May 26, is Professor Megan Weaver’s Appalachian Dialect which runs through June 30. This course provides an overview of Appalachian Dialect by focusing on its historical roots and current state. Emphasis will be given to the stereotypes, identity, and traditional grammatical and syntactical features of the dialect along with its impact on and relationship with public education in the South.

All of these courses can be taken for credit or can be audited. For further information, visit To register for a course, please contact the Office of the Registrar at or 828.898.3473. Don’t waste another summer looking for something to do. Lees-McRae College offers you many opportunities to learn and have fun at the same time!

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A student in the 2013 Appalachian Photography course.
Dr. Stewart Skeate giving an ecology lecture.