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Prof. Ben Bankhurst co-organized a one-day conference in England, which focused on the work and legacy of Cecil Sharp. As an English folklorist and musician, Sharp traveled to southern Appalachia to document and record the region’s music. For the full story, see

Prof. David Gordon presented a paper titled “‘Always in Love with Great Ends’:  Pearl S. Buck’s Response to Sun Yatsen and His Nationalist Revolution” at the Pearl S. Buck Living Gateway Conference, held September 11-13, 2016 in Morgantown, West Virginia. Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973) was a Nobel Prize-winning West Virginia author who was raised in China and wrote primarily about that country.  To view the video of Dr. Gordon’s presentation beginning at the 21:30 mark, follow the link.