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The Welsh of Tennessee: An Interview with Eirug Davies

Dr. Eirug Davies describes himself as a physicist who tried to retire. Now he teaches in the Celtic Department at Harvard University and is a preeminent researcher on the history of Welsh populations and Welsh language in the US. Davies says the first great influx of Welsh immigrants was in the 1830's, mostly to coal-mining towns in Pennsylvania. Davies was in Knoxville and spoke to WUOT's Morning Edition host Chrissy Keuper about some Tennessee connections to his research: Knoxville, Lake City(once called Coal Creek) and a man named David Thomas.

Chrissy is WUOT's News Director, as well as host of monthly talk show Dialogue. Her first job with the station was as a weekend student announcer while earning her bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. From 2004 to 2015, she served as the station's local host for Morning Edition. In 2019, she returned to the station as the local host for All Things Considered.