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Panel on Women and Culture in Appalachia Set for King University, Birthplace of Country Music Museum Sept. 12

BRISTOL, Tenn., August 29, 2016 – King University’s Institute for Faith and Culture and the Birthplace of Country Music Museum will host a Panel on Women and Culture in Appalachia on Monday, Sept. 12. Included in the panel are three notable Appalachian scholars – Dr. Emily Satterwhite, Dr. Jessica Turner, and Dr. Theresa Burriss. The morning event will take place at 9:15 a.m. in Memorial Chapel on the main campus in Bristol, Tenn., and the evening event at 7 p.m. at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, located at 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, Va. The events are co-sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier.

“The King Institute for Faith and Culture is delighted to sponsor the special panel events with these three talented and intelligent women, Jessica Turner, Emily Satterwhite, and Theresa Burriss,” says Shannon Harris, director for the Institute. “These women exemplify commitment to our regional community, to Appalachia, and to scholarship, arts, and learning. They will engage in important conversations with each other, and with the community. I know their contributions will be extraordinary and unique, reflecting their individual experiences and professional backgrounds. This is an opportunity to hear from three of our own. The King Institute welcomes you to come and join the conversation, and celebrate these women’s contributions and stories.”

The King Institute for Faith and Culture is proud to highlight these three scholars in our Panel on Women and Culture in Appalachia:

Emily Satterwhite is an associate professor at Virginia Tech, where she teaches Appalachian Studies and Popular Culture Studies. Her book, “Dear Appalachia: Readers, Identity, and Popular Fiction since 1878” (University Press of Kentucky, 2011), is the winner of the 2011 Weatherford Award for the best work of non-fiction illuminating the Appalachian South and the 2013 Phi Beta Kappa Sturm Award for Faculty Excellence in Research at Virginia Tech. Her current research projects include environmental health in Tazewell County, Va., and rural-set ‘backwoods’ horror movies. She is program chair for the Appalachian Studies Conference to be held March 9-12, 2017, on the Virginia Tech campus.

Jessica Anderson Turner has served as the director and head curator of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum since April 2013. She also served on the board of the organization from 2011-2013. Previously, Turner directed a program in Cultural Heritage Studies at Virginia Intermont College where she taught courses in Ethnography and Heritage Studies. She has also taught at Indiana University and abroad in China. Her work in the fields of folklore and ethnomusicology examines heritage, community, and the arts in Appalachia and Southern China, with particular interests in heritage tourism as economic development and community revitalization.

Theresa L. Burriss serves as the chair of Appalachian Studies and director of the Appalachian Regional & Rural Studies Center at Radford University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate multidisciplinary classes on Appalachia. She has published literary criticism on the Affrilachian Writers, including chapters in “An American Vein: Critical Readings in Appalachian Literature” (Ohio UP 2005) and “Appalachia in the Classroom: Teaching the Region” (Ohio UP 2013), for which she served as co-editor with Patricia Gantt. In 2015, she was awarded an NEH Summer Institute Grant for “Transcendentalism and Reform in the Age of Emerson, Thoreau, and Fuller,” in Concord, Mass. She serves as Appalachian cultural consultant for the Community Health Center of the New River Valley and is a board member of the nonprofit organizations Appalachian Community Fund, Appalachian Sustainable Development, and MountainTrotter. She is Education Committee chair for the Appalachian Studies Association.

The Panel on Women and Culture in Appalachia events are both open to the public and free of charge. Visit or contact Dr. Shannon Harris, director of the King University Institute for Faith and Culture at, 423-652-4836, or 423-747-3524 for additional information.


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