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“Zebulon B. Vance Reconsidered” Symposium in Asheville Examines Complicated Legacy

Vance Birthplace State Historic Site

UNC Asheville’s Department of History and Vance Birthplace State Historic Site will present a two-day symposium, “Zebulon B. Vance Reconsidered,” Sept. 14-15.

Tickets are required for the symposium events at UNC Asheville, and are free. Seating capacity is limited and each symposium event is ticketed separately. Tickets are available online here. No backpacks are allowed and bags will be checked at the door.

Yale University Professor David Blight is the keynote speaker, Thursday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m., at UNC-Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. Presentations for Friday, Sept. 15, include a 10 a.m. panel discussion with historians Gordon McKinney, Joe Mobley, Steve Nash and Darin Waters. A program at 2 p.m. will feature novelist Sharyn McCrumb on “Vance in Fiction.” A 4:30 p.m. reception at the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Western Office is the closing event that includes opening of a photography exhibit of works by Brenda Scott of scenes from Vance Birthplace.

See the complete Zebulon B. Vance Reconsidered Symposium schedule here.

For additional information on the symposium, contact the UNC Asheville Department of History at or (828) 251-6415. For information on the Zebulon Vance State Historic Site, contact or (828) 645-6706.

Zebulon Vance State Historic Site is within the Division of State Historic Sites of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. 

About UNC Asheville
UNC Asheville is the designated liberal arts institution for the UNC system and one of the nation’s top 10 public liberal arts universities. Enrolling 3,800 students and offering more than 30 undergraduate majors and a Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences degree, UNC Asheville encourages students to take part in a nationally acclaimed undergraduate research program and participate in interdisciplinary learning. From internships and hands-on projects, to study abroad and community engagement, students experience an education that extends beyond campus into the vibrant City of Asheville, the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains and the world.

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