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Dr. Dwight Mullen, now retired, served as Professor of Political Science at UNC Asheville.

Dr. Dwight Mullen, community activist and retired professor at UNC Asheville, to speak at Lenoir Rhyne University.

On August 23, 2018, The Joseph Initiative is hosting its third annual “What’s Your Story?” storytelling event from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Lenoir Rhyne University’s Asheville campus (36 Montford Ave.). Dr. Dwight Mullen, who retired this summer after 30 years as Professor of Political Science at UNC Asheville, will be the guest speaker. The program will be in three parts: a 5-o’clock story time for small children followed by light refreshments at 5:30 p.m., and Dr. Mullen’s presentation beginning at 6 p.m.

In our divided nation, finding ways to come together regardless of differing beliefs demands difficult conversations in which we tell, and listen to, each others’ stories, allowing those on various sides of issues to better understand each other. As a professor, Dr. Mullen’s overarching goal has been to enlighten every student who takes his class as to the importance of their role—as individuals, and as citizens—in making their community safe and our system fair and just.

Dr. Mullen earned his MA in Political Science in 1978 and his PhD in 1987, both from Atlanta University. He received his undergraduate degree in History and Political Science from Loma Linda University in California in 1976. He is also a Fulbright Senior Scholar and an instrumental participant in the annual seminar The State of Black Asheville. During his years at UNC Asheville, Mullen and his wife, Prof. Dolly Mullen, both served terms chairing the Political Science Department.

An RSVP is requested, though not required. To RSVP, call (828) 691-5603 or go online to

The Joseph Initiative

The Joseph Initiative is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that partners with members of our local community and non-profit organizations to offer enrichment programs that strengthen families and unite our community.

For more information contact Anne Lazo at (828) 691-5603 or

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