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Abrams to lecture on female Appalachian learners at UVa-Wise

Erica Abrams, a language and literature professor at The University of North Carolina, will present a lecture based on her new book, “Negotiating a Perilous Empowerment: Appalachian Women’s Literacies,” Friday, March 1 at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

This free event will begin at 4 p.m. in the Chapel of All Faiths and is open to the public.

In her presentation, Abrams will explore the issues of Appalachian learners, particularly women, encounter when seeking formal education that puts them at odds with cultural norms. She addresses the accusations that they “have gotten above their raisings,” which can create personal conflict regarding individual and community identity.

Abrams’ book, published in 2011 in Ohio University Press’ Series in Race, Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia, looks at how mountain writers portray the identity conflicts literacy attainment can cause for Appalachian women.

The event is sponsored by the lecture committee and the Department of Language and Literature. Students will receive cultural credit for attending this event. For more information, contact College Relations at 276-393-0130.