Inauguration events begin with focus on rural Kentucky

Published on
March 28, 2013

A presentation focusing on rural Kentucky will be held at Union College, marking the first of many events this month associated with the upcoming inauguration of Union's 19th president, Marcia Hawkins, Ph.D.

The event will be held Thursday, April 4, at 7:00 p.m. in the Patridge Student Center, Conference Rooms A, B and C. The speaker is Kenneth Tunnell, Ph.D., a professor of Criminal Justice and Police Studies at Easter Kentucky University. It is free and open to the public.

The presentation is titled "Once Upon a Place: The Fading of Community in Rural Kentucky," and is based on Tunnell's book of the same name. According to Linda Silber, Ph.D., Union professor who has organized the lecture, the information presented should be of interest to general audiences. She added that anyone who attends should expect Tunnell to present images of rural Kentucky as part of the presentation.

"Kenneth Tunnell was born and raised in rural east Tennessee and currently makes his home in rural central Kentucky," said Silber in an e-mail promoting the presentation. She added that for more than two decades, Tunnell has been writing and publishing books within the discipline of sociology.

The event is sponsored by the Union College Faculty Research and Lecture Committee in conjunction with English Communications, Educational Studies Unit, Criminal Justice and Sociology.

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