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Tue, Jun 21


CLE Lecture Hall

Senator Sam Irvin: The Humor of a Country Lawyer

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Time & Location

Jun 21, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

CLE Lecture Hall, 348 S 5th St, Highlands, NC 28741, USA

About the Event

"An ounce of revealing humor", wrote Senator Ervin, "has more power to reveal, convince, or ridicule than  do many tomes of erudite argument."  In the 1970's Americans watched  the Bible-quoting "old country lawyer" from Morganton put his mountain stories to  good use as he led the Senate investigation of the Watergate Scandal.   Dr. Karl Campbell, Ervin's biographer and a history professor at Appalachian State University, will discuss the Senator's historical legacy while reminding us of the importance of humor, and civility, in our contemporary political debates.

Location:  CLE Lecture Hall

Presenter:   Karl Campbell is a professor of history at Appalachian State  University, where he teaches North Carolina and recent United States  history.  Originally from Ohio, Karl received his B.A. degree in history  and political science from Warren Wilson College in Asheville and his  M.A. and Ph.D. in history from UNC Chapel Hill.

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