Coal Heritage Lecture Series Concludes At The Erma Byrd Center On May 5

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 24 2015

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,         





Event Hosted by Concord University’s Beckley Campus



BECKLEY, W.Va. – Issues facing labor in America today is the topic of the final Coal Heritage Lecture Series. The lecture will feature Kenny Perdue, Executive Director of the WV AFL-CIO and Joe Carter, Vice-President of the District 17 of the UMWA. Sponsored by the Concord University Beckley Center and the Coal Heritage Highway Authority, the final lecture in this series will take place at the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center on May 5 at 7 p.m. in Room E10. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Kenny Perdue and Joe Carter are important labor figures in West Virginia. As Executive Director of the WV AFL-CIO, Mr. Perdue will make connections between West Virginia and national issues in labor.  As a representative of the United Mine Workers of America, Mr. Carter will address issues facing coal miners today.  Both will discuss and answer questions about the recent legislative session in West Virginia and the changes that will affect labor.

This event originates from an Appalachian Studies class held at Concord University, entitled Coal Culture in West Virginia, which presents public lectures on current topics relating to coal mining and energy in general.

Karen Vuranch, course instructor and the event coordinator for the lectures states, “This is the sixth year we have hosted these lectures and I am always pleased with the turn-out for these events.”

Vuranch went on to say that she is happy to be able to have Kenny Perdue present a lecture. “In the past, Kenny’s work with the West Virginia legislature prevented him from being available. I specifically saved this final lecture date to accommodate his schedule.”

Van transportation from Athens for Concord students will be provided to the lecture. The sign-up information sheet will be located in the Student Center at the Housing and Residence Life Office on Concord’s Athens campus.

For additional information concerning this event please contact event coordinator Karen Vuranch at or call the Beckley Center at (304) 256-0270.


Albany Reed assisted with this press release. She is a student in Concord University’s

Public Relations Workshop.  Albany is from Hinton, W.Va.


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if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.