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ECTC to host bluegrass music event

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Free presentation scheduled for Tuesday afternoon

By Kelly Cantrall

While international connections within eastern Kentucky might not be immediately apparent, the local community college will shed light on the topic next week.

The free presentation “Immigrants and Community in the Coal Fields of Eastern Kentucky, 1910-1930” is the next in the series “Celebrating Who We Are — International Connections” at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. The bluegrass presentation, which includes musical performances, is at 3 p.m. Tuesday in room 112 of the Administration Building.

Professor Doug Cantrell presents information about immigrant groups who worked as coal miners in the eastern part of the state and their cultures. After Cantrell’s presentation, musicians Bobby Smith, Wayne Mabe and W.R. Huff perform traditional bluegrass music and answer questions.

The “International Connections” series was designed by Felicia Toliver, director of cultural diversity, after she discovered the number of people at the college who had experiences with or ties to other countries.

“I designed the series to kind of give those people a platform,” Toliver said.

Toliver said she doesn’t want the college only to focus on diversity in the United States.

“We want to embrace all forms of diversity,” she said.

The series also gives participants an opportunity to discuss their travels and what they’ve learned from them, she said. Traveling provides an experience of being “different” in a group, which is informative.

“It’s very eye-opening to our students,” she said.

For more information on the event or to share ideas about events in the future, email Toliver at felicia.toliver@kctcs.edu.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.