Appalachian Studies Association Conference coming to ETSU in March 2015

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JOHNSON CITY (Nov. 6, 2014) – Between 800 and 1,000 scholars, educators, practitioners, grassroots activists and students from throughout Appalachia and beyond will be on the campus of East Tennessee State University from March 27-29, 2015, for the 38th annual Appalachian Studies Association (ASA) Conference.

The theme of this year’s conference,  “Many Mountains, Many Musics,” challenges attendees to view Appalachia from a fresh perspective. As in the past, a key component of the conference will be 10 concurrent sessions dedicated to the varied, rich diversity of Appalachia.

The ASA promotes scholarship and activism in the Appalachian region, and the conference provides an opportunity for colleagues and interested parties to gather, share and inspire. It also encourages networking among those who share interest in Appalachia as a region.

This year, the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services and the Department of Appalachian Studies at ETSU are coordinating programming, local arrangements, and marshalling on- and off-campus support for the conference.

Highlights of the 2015 conference include a Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder evening concert sponsored by the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts on Saturday, March 28, in the D.P. Culp University Center’s Martha Street Culp Auditorium. Additionally, a sampling of Skaggs’ photography work will be on display during the conference in the Reece Museum.

The invited keynote speaker, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, will provide special insight into Appalachia in the 21st century.

In keeping with the conference theme, the Many Mountains Plenary will bring together a panel to discuss “Opportunity and Enterprise in Appalachia.” Also, ETSU’s Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies Program will provide music throughout the conference and will be featured in the “Many Musics: Biscuits, Bluegrass, and Gospel Hour” on the last day.

For more information about the conference, see the Appalachian Studies Association website at To inquire about volunteer opportunities before or during the conference, email Selena Harmon at .

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