E&H’s Tal Stanley featured in PBS Documentary

Posted by Leah Wilson
Tal Stanley, professor of Civic Innovation and Resident Scholar for the Citizenship of Place, here at Emory & Henry, is featured in a documentary airing Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 7:00pm.

A three year production, working with Blue Ridge PBS in Roanoke, Tal tells of the rich history around the New River. The New River flows through the states of North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia, reaching 360 miles in length. The documentary tells of the connection and interaction between the natural habitat, the built environment, and the human culture and history within the New River region.

This project hits close to home for Stanley because of his own family lineage. Practically growing up on the river, his family has ties dating back to the mid 1700’s. He wishes to share his passion for the place, environment, history and people with all the viewers. As a teacher of Civic Innovation, Stanley explains his core belief that, “Every person has the ability to change the world and the people in it. As true as that is of people, it is also true of places.” 

“There is so much to tell about the New River,” Stanley says, “The river is a dynamic, vibrant, living thing, it allows us perspective on our place that you can’t get anywhere else.” This is the exact reason why people should sit down to watch this amazing documentary on Thursday!

Under the leadership of Tal Stanley, a group of students has contributed their time to this project archiving and digitizing countless photographs and maps, so our Emory & Henry campus has the opportunity to experience the rich local culture.

  • E&H’s Tal Stanley is featured in Blue Ridge PBS’ documentary “The Story of the New River.”

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