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Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2023
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Location: In-person and virtual
Cost: Free and open to the public, but please RSVP or register for the Zoom link below
RSVP for in-person (Please note that you will not get an automatic confirmation when you RSVP but you ARE on our list!)
Join us on Tuesday, July 11, 7:00 p.m. for our next Speaker Sessions with Dr. Angela Keaton of Tusculum University as we explore Appalachian stereotypes.
Misconceptions have always existed about Appalachia – too often with negative consequences. Dr. Keaton will examine how myths about the region became embedded in people’s minds, while also highlighting the region’s diversity, economy, and activism to dispel these myths. Her presentation will provide a more nuanced understanding of Appalachia and its residents that goes beyond the stereotypes, and give attendees the chance to consider how distortions of history have negatively impacted perceptions of the region and the lives of contemporary Appalachians.
About the Speaker
Angela Keaton, Professor of History, joined the Tusculum Department of History and Museum
Studies in 2006 after earning her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Keaton has published work focused on both history and pedagogy. Her research investigates the many ways Americans encountered firearms in the post-World War II period, a “golden age” of gun use that ended abruptly in the 1960s due to a host of political, cultural, and social factors. Her article, “Backyard Desperadoes: American Attitudes Concerning Toy Guns in the Cold War Era” published in the Journal of American Culture, earned the Carl Bode Award for the best article published in that journal in 2010. Her most recent article about hunting and gun culture will be included in Red Reckoning: A New History of the Cold War and the Transformation of American Life (LSU Press).
She has served in a variety of leadership positions at Tusculum and earned the Tusculum Excellence in Teaching and Campus Leadership Award in 2009 and 2018, in addition to being awarded a National Living Alumni Faculty Award in 2018. She teaches American history as well as classes on historical research, gender, Asia, and the contemporary Middle East. She especially enjoys sharing history with the public, giving numerous lectures and workshops each year ranging in subject matter from material culture to the history of food.