The 7th Annual Appalachian Lecture in British History

Thursday, April 25, 2019
7:15 p.m.
Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 114

Dr. Susan Dabney Pennybacker, the Chalmers W. Poston Distinguished Professor of European History at UNC Chapel Hill will be delivering the seventh annual Appalachian lecture in British History. This lecture is titled "Exile and refuge in postwar, late-empire London."

Thousands of political exiles from parts of the former British empire arrived in London after the Second World War. Many sought long term refuge from conflict abroad; others sought zones of advocacy and a return. This talk explores a few lives that form part of a larger project on London exile: those from South Africa and India, skilled activists who often led others. London served as a shifting and elusive host—the seat of Cold War intrigue and persistent imperial ambition, while at the same time a place of cosmopolitan opportunity and social-democratic aspiration.

Pennybacker’s research centers upon the political culture of modern Britain and the former British empire. Her book-in-progress, entitled “Fire By Night, Cloud by Day: refuge and exile in postwar London,” concerns the movement of individuals between metropolitan London and South Africa, Trinidad, India and Europe between 1945-94. Pennybacker presently works in archives in the U.K., New Delhi, Port of Spain, Cape Town and Johannesburg. Her work also involves an ethnographic study through oral history interviews, and she has a keen interest in visual media sources, especially documentary photography and film. Pennybacker is a founding member of the Triangle Global British History Seminar and Immediate Past President of the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS), 2018-20.

This event is sponsored by the Department of History, University Libraries, the Center for Judaic, Peace and Holocaust Studies and Mr. Bill Rhinehart.


About the Department of History
The Department of History offers a broad curriculum in local, national, regional and world history at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, which encourages history majors to develop a comprehensive approach to human problems. The study of history is an essential part of a liberal arts education and offers valuable preparation for many careers, such as law, journalism, public history, public service and business, as well as in teaching and the advanced discipline of history. Learn more at

About University Libraries
University Libraries at Appalachian State University contributes to the campus mission of learning, teaching, advancing knowledge, engagement and effectiveness. Belk Library and Information Commons along with the Nicholas Erneston Music Library provide academic resources for all students and faculty. Within the library, students and faculty find group and quiet study spaces, the Digital Media Studio, the inspire lab, the Idea Factory, digital devices to check out, and special collections such as the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection and Instructional Materials Center. Learn more at

About the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies
Appalachian State University’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies was founded in 2002 to develop new educational opportunities for students, teachers and the community. Located administratively within the College of Arts and Sciences, the center seeks to strengthen tolerance, understanding and remembrance by increasing the knowledge of Jewish culture and history, teaching the history and meaning of the Holocaust, and utilizing these experiences to explore peaceful avenues for human improvement and the prevention of further genocides. The Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies is an associate institutional member of the Association of Jewish Studies, a member of the Association of Holocaust Organizations and a member of the North Carolina Consortium of Jewish Studies. Learn more at

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Published: Apr 23, 2019 1:00pm