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Dr. Barry Vann, a native of East Tennessee, is a geographer of Scotch-Irish, French Huguenot, English, Welsh, and Cherokee descent with interests in communities, politics, environmental issues, and history. His passion and knowledge of the South derive from his education and firsthand experience-he has lived in seven Southern states, as well as Michigan. After spending a year as an honorary teaching fellow at the University of Dundee in Scotland, he now serves as professor of geography and education at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. He also chairs the Department of Education and directs the University's Center for Appalachian Community and Heritage Studies.