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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.

2024 Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture

Carolyn Finney

Join us for a conversation with Carolyn Finney. Carolyn Finney, PhD, is an author passionate about topics covering identity, creativity, and resilience. Dr. Finney’s work revolves around developing cultural awareness within environmental organizations. Her experience backpacking across the world led her to complete a BA and MA in gender and environmental issues, as well as a PhD in African American and environmental issues in the United States.

Thursday, February 29, 2024 7:00 pm

East Tennessee History Center
601 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902

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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

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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