The Countdown to the 36th ASA

This time Friday I will be at the 36th annual Appalachian Studies Association Conference. I cannot begin to explain the excitement my cohorts and I are experiencing. Several months of scholarship paid dividends as numerous University of North Georgia students begin their trek towards Boone, N.C. on March 22nd. I have to say that I am even more gitty about the event for two reasons: first, because my research on East Tennessee Unionism is being displayed for critique; and second, because Dr. Jonathan Sarris, a noted Appalachian scholar, is evaluating my work, as well as the other members of the panel below.

 Southern Appalachia in the mid-nineteenth Century. Convener: Barry Whittemore, University of North

  • “Religion in Early Dahlonega, Georgia: 1830-1860, ” Jonathan Winskie, University of North Georgia
  • “The Life of William Tate: Lumpkin County’s Well-respected (Welldespised) Unionist, ” Jeremy Conner, University of North Georgia
  • “Bridge Burners: United States Nationalism in East Tennessee Appalachia, 1861, ” Robert L. Baker, University of North Georgia
  • “The State of Student research in Mid-19th Century Southern Appalachia, ” Jonathan dean Sarris, North Carolina Wesleyan College

The keynote speaker of the event is former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Professor William R. Ferris. Ferris’s speech, “The Changing Landscape of Regional Studies: Appalachia and the American South,” will examine the relationship between Appalachia and the American South as well as the importance of Appalachia’s literacy and music. This address is free and open to the public. I encourage any and everyone to come see Ferris’s presentation. Perhaps we all might form a better understanding of where Appalachia fits into this thing we call America.



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