UVa-Wise is starting the fall semester with Scholars’ Week.

Scholars’ Week, sponsored by the UVa-Wise Lecture Committee, features faculty members delivering lectures and roundtables on a variety of topics that fall within their academic discipline.

“Home provides a great deal of comfort, therefore most college students arrive on campus without having very much experience dealing with alternate viewpoints and challenges to their various positions,” Professor of History Brian McKnight explained. “In an effort to introduce students to the kinds of innovative work that goes on within a college faculty and to illustrate the importance of ideas, the College Lecture Committee decided that the fall semester should open with a week-long celebration of faculty research.  Professors sometimes worry that new students come to us, begin classes, get involved in extracurricular activities, but do not fully appreciate the ‘life of the mind’ that drives our academic mission.”

McKnight delivers the first lecture in the Scholars’ Week series. “Appalachia’s Civil War as a Subaltern Experience” is the topic of his lecture Aug. 28 lecture, which is set for 1 p.m. in the Rhododendron Room of the Slemp Student Center.

Professor of Rhetoric Amy Clark delivers the Aug. 30 lecture on “the Rhetoric of Death in Appalachia.” The lecture is set for 1 p.m. in the Rhododendron Room of the Slemp Student Center.

Associate Professor of English John Mark Adrian lectures on “Feting the Queen: Civic Entertainments and the Royal Progress” on Sept. 1 at 1 p.m. in the Rhododendron Room of the Slemp Student Center.

Roundtables are scheduled for Aug. 29 and Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. in the Rhododendron Room of the Slemp Student Center.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Anthony Cashio moderates “Science and the Ethics Question” roundtable on Aug. 29.

“Science and the Ethics Question is one of the most formidable questions for scientists to address,” McKnight said. “A panel including biologists Ryan Huish, Josephine Rodriguez, and Wally Smith will participate in a broad discussion of this very important intellectual challenge.”

The Aug. 31 roundtable will feature a discussion on the topic “Who Owns This Earth?  Land, Ownership, and the Idea of a Commons.”

“Professor Emeritus David Rouse will lead a discussion of the concept of a commons,” McKnight said. “Associate Professor of History Donald Leech will contribute his expertise as UVa-Wise’s resident Medieval historian, providing a broad, historical background. He will be joined by American historians and Appalachian specialists Luke Manget of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, and Kathryn Newfont, an Appalachian historian at the University of Kentucky, in this discussion of role of public lands in society.

The Scholars’ Week series is free and open to the public. It is also approved for cultural activity credit.