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The Appalachian, Scottish, and Irish Studies Program at East Tennessee State University makes connections between Appalachia and the region’s major cultural progenitors, Scotland and Ireland, through study on campus and abroad.

For three weeks during the summer of odd-numbered years, students travel to Scotland and Ireland, where they study at Scottish and Irish universities and engage in cultural events and field experiences.

During even-numbered years, students spend five weeks studying on the East Tennessee State University campus, an experience augmented by field trips, guest lectures, and participation by students from the University of Edinburgh.

Students can enroll in these summer courses for either three or six hours of undergraduate or graduate credit in Appalachian Studies.

In addition to our summer courses, ETSU offers a variety of courses pertaining to Scotland and Ireland during the regular academic year.

Invitation to the Scotch Tasting Event

On Friday April 18, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., the Appalachian, Scottish, and Irish Studies Program (ASIS) at East Tennessee State University is hosting a Scotch Tasting in support of the Thomas G. Burton Scholarship. The scholarship, which financially assists student participants in the ASIS Study Abroad course in Scotland and Northern Ireland, is named for Dr. Burton who initiated and developed the ASIS program at ETSU in the late 1980s.

The April 18th event will feature regional single-malt selections from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, plus a special surprise Scotch to conclude the evening. Guests will also enjoy music performed by the ETSU Celtic Pride Band and the gift of a Glencairn Whisky glass.

The event will take place at the Carnegie Hotel in Johnson City. Wellington’s Restaurant will provide a delicious selection of heavy hors d’oeuvres.

Tickets to the Scotch Tasting are $80 per person or $140 for a couple. A portion of the ticket cost is tax deductible.

For tickets, please contact Kevin Masters at 423-979-6718 or kevin@wellingtonsrestaurant.com Guests should RSVP by April 14th. Suggested dress is business casual.
The Carnegie Hotel is offering a special rate for Friday evening accommodations, which includes Saturday breakfast.