Professor to address historians at NCCAT meeting

Western Carolina University history professor Gael Graham will be the keynote speaker Friday, March 22, as the North Carolina Association of Historians holds its annual meeting at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching in Cullowhee.

Graham said her evening address will focus on her research into a Raleigh newspaper editor’s campaign to prevent white people from criticizing the state of race relations in North Carolina and the South, even after black residents lost the right to vote in North Carolina in 1900.

The association meeting is being held in cooperation with WCU’s Department of History and the staff of NCCAT, said James Martin, a faculty member at Campbell University and secretary/treasurer of the association.

David Dorondo, WCU associate professor of history, serves on the association’s executive council and on several of its committees. The cost for individuals to attend the meeting, including all paper sessions, refreshments and dinner, is $40, but WCU students will be allowed to attend the sessions at no cost, Dorondo said. The deadline for registering for the event is Friday, March 15.

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