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Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture Series
Wilma Dykeman Stokely

The Friends of the Knox County Public Library established the Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture in 2007 to honor the late writer, speaker, teacher, historian, environmentalist and friend of local libraries. Friends of the Knox County Public Library and the Library Society of the University of Tennessee have co-sponsored the lecture since 2014.

Speakers represent a wide range of backgrounds, experiences and work, but all have a deep connection to one or more of Stokely’s passions: Appalachia, the environment, and racial and gender equity.

2023 Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture

Ashley York & Elaine McMillion Sheldon

Join us for a conversation centered around the portrayal of Appalachian culture in film. Ashley York, director and producer, will be discussing the award winning and highly acclaimed documentary film Hillbilly, that she co-directed.  Ashley will be joined by Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-and Peabody-winning filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon, director and producer of King Coal.

Tuesday, February 28 at 7p.m.
Bijou Theatre

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UT Libraries will screen the Hillibilly film twice:

Thursday, February 23, at 5:30 p.m.
Monday, February 27, at 5:30 p.m.
John C. Hodges Library 
Lindsay Young Auditorium, 1st floor 
To attend the screening, RSVP to

Previous Lecture Guests

2022: Kathleen Dean Moore & Chrissy Keuper

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2021: Wiley Cash & Frank X Walker



2020: Michael W. Twitty

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2016: Robert Morgan

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Dom Flemons March 12

2015: Dom Flemons

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Ron Rash

2014: Ron Rash

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