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McKinney Center

Conversations That Matter Program

Conversations That Matter August 2022


with Skye McFarland

Calendar Aug 11, 2022 at 7 pm

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Conversations That Matter will host another event in their series this August. In this upcoming “Conversation,” hear from Dr. Daryl Carter and Ken Mijeski, both have taught at ETSU. This conversation will be moderated by McKinney Center Advisory Board Members and friends of the McKinney Center, Michelle Treece and Brittany Butler. It will take place via Zoom on August 11, at 7pm. Register at

Dr. Daryl A. Carter is Associate Dean for Equity & Inclusion for the College of Arts & Sciences. Dr. Carter is also the director of Black American Studies and a professor of history. He has been at ETSU since 2008. During his time here Dr. Carter has been a graduate coordinator, interim director in the Office of eLearning, Tennessee Board of Regents Maxine Smith Fellow, ETSU Presidential Fellow, and an emerging leader for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Dr. Carter is an expert in American political history. Brother Bill: President Clinton And The Politics of Race and Class, published by the University of Arkansas Press, is his well-regarded first book. Currently, he is working on an examination of Senator Edward M. Kennedy and American liberalism. Dr. Carter holds a B.S. in Political Science and M.A. in History from East Tennessee State University. He earned his Ph.D. in American history at The University of Memphis.

Ken Mijeski was born and raised in Miami, Florida where he attended public schools from elementary through high school. He graduated from Florida State University (1966) with a BA in International Affairs. Earned a PhD in Political Science from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1971). Joined ETSU in Fall 1971 until his retirement in 2010. He taught a variety of courses, although his primary area of research and publication was in Latin American politics. He has served as president of the Tennessee Political Science Association and president of the South Eastern Council of Latin American Studies. His last publication was a co-authored book, Pachakutik and the Rise and Decline of Ecuador’s Indigenous Political Movement, Ohio University Press, 2011. Ken is currently president of the Alliance for Continued Learning, an organization dedicated to bringing lectures/presentations by experts on a wide variety of subjects to a general audience.

Supported by a grant from the East Tennessee Foundation, “Conversations that Matter” is a monthly series produced by the McKinney Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee. In each “Conversation” two local guests from different backgrounds (age, race, religion, culture, etc.) explore their own culture and perspective, and talk to each other about what makes them unique, discover their similarities, and explore their differences. They will look at where their lives might intersect personally and in the community. The goal of each “Conversation that Matters” is for guests and participants to hear real stories, from real neighbors. This month will feature personal experiences along with real history questions about local Black History and Black History throughout American history.

This monthly series is inspired by the Diversity & Equity Subcommittee at the McKinney Center, and their desire to highlight the experiences of all voices in Washington County, Tennessee, with an intention to include marginalized groups. By showcasing these conversations, the Diversity & Equity subcommittee hopes to open doors to new ideas and perspectives amongst our very own neighbors. Questions such as, “What was your experience in grade-school and how did that make you feel?” or, “Have you experienced exclusion or racism?” For many of us the answers are different and unique. The McKinney Center believes it is time to talk about our experiences and share them.

There is value in uplifting these stories so that we may learn from one another. Then, after hearing from one another our moderators and guest conversationalists will give insight on how to move forward.

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