“Wilma Dykeman: The Mountain South’s Great Humanist of the 20th Century” by Jim Stokely
August 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Join us for a perspective on becoming the best we can be as individuals and as a society that fosters a web of genuine interconnections among people through the writings, lectures and personal story of best-selling novelist Wilma Dykeman as told by her son Jim Stokely.
Wilma Dykeman, who was born (1920) and died (2006) in Buncombe County, was an early pioneer in environmental thinking, civil rights, Appalachian studies, summer institutes for teachers, birth control, and feminism. As an author with numerous awards, she published 18 books. As a teacher, she taught Appalachian literature and creative writing. As a humanist, Wilma was a deep thinker who was less interested in our place in some great chain of being, but more interested in our current task: Now that we’re here, what should we do?
Jim will begin with a 20-minute video of Wilma’s life in her own words, followed by a talk and discussion about her influences, her personal life challenges, cautionary tales in her novels, along with never-before-heard quotes and stories highlighting why Asheville Citizen-Times reporter Rob Neufeld called Wilma Dykeman “The Mountain South’s Great Humanist of the 20th Century”.
Jim Stokely grew up in Newport, TN and graduated from Yale University (American Studies) and Stanford Graduate School of Business. He began his career writing for the National Park Service, has authored/ edited five books about our regional history, was a Human Resources consultant and director for 25 years and returned to writing when he and his wife Anne moved back to the southern mountains of Weaverville, NC. As President of the Wilma Dykeman Legacy, Jim lectures and produces events to sustain and foster the core values of Wilma Dykeman.