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

August 6, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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.

The registration deadline is 10 am on the day of the event. Questions? Contact us at [email protected] or call 502-782-8070.


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