Harrogate, Tennessee, August 23, 2016—The inaugural “Celebrate Appalachia” festival will be held at Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) August 28-September 1.
“Celebrate Appalachia” is a series of events to showcase the beauty, history and talent of the Appalachian culture. Highlights of the celebration include “Mountain Talk” with Dr. Jessey Gilley, LMU assistant professor of geography, “Folk Medicine” with Dr. Mary Beth Babos, LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine associate professor of pharmacy, a reading with local author Denton Loving, an arts and crafts showcase and a bluegrass and American folk concert by Station Creek. The festival will also include an encore performance of the Appalachian Shakespeare Project’s production of “Taming of the Shrew” in memory of the late faculty member Mark McGinley, who passed suddenly over the summer.
“Celebrate Appalachia” is sponsored by the LMU Office of Multicultural Student Services, which has a mission to promote intellectual understanding and appreciation of diversity and social justice and to provide safe and inclusive spaces where all students are welcome, supported and encouraged to share, learn and grow.
Organizations and offices across the main campus have also embedded “Celebrate Appalachia” programming within their activities. For example, the LMU Organic Community Garden will hold a beekeeping demonstration at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 30 at the Organic Garden and The Hill student ministry will present “Sweet Hour of Prayer Gospel Music Hour” from 5-6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31 in the Elizabeth D. Chinnock Chapel.
“As LMU continues to grow, so does the diversity of our academic community,” said Cathy Eldahan, director of multicultural student services. “We have people coming her who are brand new to the South, brand new to Appalachia and some who are brand new to the United States. ‘Celebrate Appalachia’ will give them the opportunity to learn more of the rich, cultural heritage of Appalachia and it will give those from within the region an opportunity to honor and take pride in their heritage. I am happy to open this series of events to the public and look forward to see it grow in the future.”
Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.