Discover the area’s most beautiful adventures: A Stephenson Center for Appalachia lecture

August 31, 2017

With beautiful summer weather here and more to come with the arrival of autumn, discover places to explore in the area’s mountains during the Stephenson Center for Appalachia’s presentation, So You Say You Have Nothing To Do?: Plunging Waterfalls, Invigorating Hikes, Entertaining Beasts and Entrancing Sights.

The first Stephenson Center for Appalachia presentation of the academic fall semester at Lees-McRae will take place in Evans Auditorium, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Lees-McRae, the highest elevation campus in the East, sits in the midst of some of the most vibrant natural attractions in the country, providing students, visitors and residents with unmatched opportunities for outdoor adventure and relaxation.

“Over the years I have taken students in my photography classes to many beautiful sites only to hear them say that they wished they had known these places were so close. This year I want to introduce our freshmen and others to a variety of scenic attractions and hiking trails that lie within easy access to the campus,” said Michael Joslin, director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia, who will present photographs and stories of waterfalls, hiking trails, scenic locations and area wildlife.

Joslin has published six books on the region and written hundreds of articles for newspapers and magazines. He has taught journalism, photography and English courses for over two decades at Lees-McRae and has spent many years exploring and photographing the area.

“We invite everyone who is interested in experiencing the natural wonders of the mountains to attend the program,” Joslin said. “We will present a variety of opportunities to fit people of all ages and conditions.”

The Stephenson Center for Appalachia serves as a resource for anyone interested in learning about the mountains, the culture and history of the area and its natural wonders. Each semester and during the summer the Center hosts a series of lectures on Appalachia. Following Joslin’s lecture will be a program on foraging for wild edibles on Oct. 3 and a poetry reading by Melissa Mercer on Oct. 31.  All programs begin at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium.

For additional information, contact Michael Joslin at

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