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Diversity Lecture Series Continues Nov. 9

Article Published: Oct. 28, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Appalachian State University alumna Susan Pepper will continue the Office of Multicultural Student Development's Diversity Lecture Series with her lecture "Southern Appalachian Women's Music: Stories of Song and Strength" on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union's Blue Ridge Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

Pepper's lecture is about traditional Appalachian ballads and folk songs and their historic context and significance in the lives of several Southern Appalachian women. Her multimedia and musical program will draw from her recent CD publication "On the Threshold of a Dream: Unaccompanied Singing from the Blue Ridge Mountains" featuring Hazel Rhymer, Zora Walker, Pearl Hicks and Rosa Hicks. Pepper will play clips from her CD and perform some of the songs herself. She will also discuss the history and the lives of the women featured on her CD.

Pepper has a B.A. in comparative literature from Yale University and an M.A. in Appalachian studies from Appalachian. She is director of the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program at Alleghany County schools. Pepper enjoys singing and playing dulcimer, banjo and guitar, as well as writing some of her own songs.

For more information about this or other events in the Diversity Lecture Series, visit or contact Augusto Pena at (

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