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"Seeking the Good Life in America: Lessons from the Appalachian Past" with Ron Eller

In April of 2012, Ron Eller delivered the annual Distinguished Professor Lecture. Eller is a professor in the Department of History and has spent more than 40 years teaching and writing about the Appalachian region. His lecture was entitled “Seeking the Good Life in America: Lessons from the Appalachian Past,” and is available in this podcast in its entirety. Opening remarks were given by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Mark Kornbluh

Eller served as the director for the UK Appalachian Center for 16 years. Eller has also served as chairman of the Governor’s Kentucky Appalachian Task Force, the first chairman of the Kentucky Appalachian Commission and as a member of the Sustainable Communities Task Force of President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development.

This podcast was recorded by Stephanie Lang and produced by Cheyenne Hohman

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Eller to Deliver Distinguished Professor Lecture

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Kyle Longley

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Jeff Keith

History Ph.D. Student

Sallie Powell

History Ph.D. Student

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Tom Riley and Julie Sweet

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“Our professors were genuinely nice people who went out of their way to help us,” Riley said. “I wasn’t the best writer, but Dr. Eller understood that.” Riley, a retired naval officer from West Virginia, focused his dissertation on his home state during World War II, combining both his childhood and military experiences to write it. Serving as a teaching assistant under Dr. Ireland, Riley named this professor as a dynamic pedagogical mentor from his graduate experience.

Jami Bartek

History Ph.D. Student

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