College offering course to explore Appalachia

Staff Report

Instructor Mecca Lowe will be teaching a course on Appalachian culture at Surry Community College in the fall.

Surry Community College is offering what school offices is calling a “unique” course in the fall — Social Science Course HUM 123: Appalachian Culture, led by Instructor Mecca Lowe.

“Students who enroll in the Appalachian Culture course will embark on a journey through the Appalachian region exploring the history, music, food, religion, visual and literary arts, political and economic realities, and geography of the vast region encompassing nearly 25 million people in 420 counties spread across parts of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia,” the college said in a statement announcing the class.

The course will examine the diversity within the Appalachian region and contrast the characteristics of the region with other areas of the United States and world. “It will also provide students with a deeper understanding of the local culture associated with the northwestern North Carolina and southwestern Virginia mountain and foothills region,” the school said,

Each student will choose a specific related topic to explore throughout the semester that caters to their individual interests, and the course will be complimented by an Appalachian film series during the semester, as well as other cultural events on campus.

Lowe has a B.A. degree from Appalachian State University and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Auburn University where she received her nasters. Before joining Surry as an instructor, Lowe participated in two AmeriCorps programs in Washington state and Montana, and operated an organic vegetable farm in Georgia. All of these experiences helped “shape her deep appreciation of the various cultures and societal constructs in place in our country and globally,” the school said. . Lowe has also gained insight particularly on Appalachian culture through her hobby of playing the fiddle in the traditional Surry County style.

“I hope this course will reveal the unique qualities of the Appalachian region, as well as the similarities that the region shares with other areas of the country and the world,” said Lowe. “It is my goal to add to our students’ worldview an appreciation and understanding of local, regional and global connections across cultures, including their own.”

HUM 123: Appalachian Culture is a full semester course scheduled for the fall 2017 semester, and will meet Aug. 15 through Dec. 18 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Surry’s campus at 630 S. Main St., Dobson. Appalachian Culture is a unique course offering and is not offered each semester, but instead may only be available yearly or even biannually.

Registration for fall 2017 classes is open. Those interested in enrolling in Appalachian Culture must register before Aug. 1. For additional information regarding applying for admission and registration, contact Student Services at (336) 386-3264. For questions regarding HUM 123: Appalachian Culture, contact Instructor Mecca Lowe at (336) 386-3554 or

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Surry Community College was founded in 1964 and serves Surry and Yadkin counties through five

Instructor Mecca Lowe will be teaching a course on Appalachian culture at Surry Community College in the fall. Mecca Lowe will be teaching a course on Appalachian culture at Surry Community College in the fall.

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