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First Friday Speaker Series - Literacy in The Mountains: Community, Newspapers, and Writing in Appalachia

Title: First Friday Speaker Series - Literacy in The Mountains: Community, Newspapers, and Writing in Appalachia

Start: August 6, 2021, 12:00 pm

End: August 6, 2021, 1:00 pm

Virtual First Friday – Literacy in the Mountains: Community, Newspapers, and Writing in Appalachia, with Dr. Samantha NeCamp

Friday, August 6, 2021; Noon – 1 pm

Cost: KHS Members – FREE; Non-members – $5

For decades, the popular media has often wrongly depicted Appalachia as a place of ignorance and isolation.  Dr.  Samantha NeCamp takes on these misrepresentations. University Press of Kentucky lauds NeCamp’s book as “reclaim[ing] the long history of literacy in the Appalachian region.”  Focusing on five Kentucky newspapers published between 1885 and 1920, Dr. NeCamp explores “the complex ways readers in the mountains negotiated their local and national circumstances through editorials, advertisements, and correspondence…reveal[ing] an engaged citizenry specifically concerned with education…and demonstrat[ing] that Appalachians are not – and never have been – an illiterate, isolated people.   Join us via Zoom* to come and join the conversation!

Dr. Samantha NeCamp is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati.  She earned both her B.A. and M.A. in English at the University of Kentucky and received her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Louisville.

Please register here, and you will receive information on how to connect. The registration deadline is 10 am on the day of the event. Questions? Contact us at or call 502-782-8070.

*TECHNOLOGY: This virtual event will take place via Zoom, an online meeting platform. For optimal experience, guests should connect using a device with a screen, a speaker, and a keyboard. (A web-enabled camera is also nice, but not necessary.)  To accommodate guests who may not have access to this technology, a phone number will be provided at registration, so they may dial into the event, and listen to the presentation from any landline or mobile phone. Need help using Zoom? Check out this short video. You can also contact us at or call 502-782-8070 with any questions.

Samantha NeCamp

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