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SWAP Event

UK Faculty, Staff, and Students, please join us for our first SWAP (Sharing Work on Appalachia in Progress) Event of the 2015-2015 academic year!  Mary Beth Schmid, a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Kentucky will present her research with a talk entitled Linking Places, People, and Processes: Conventional Tomato Farming in the Southeastern US.  Mary Beth is an awardee of the UK Appalachian Center's 2015 Eller/Billing Summer Research Mini-Grant.  This talk will be at the UK Appalachian Center from 12:30 - 1:30 on Friday, September 11, 2015.  Lunch will be provided.

Date: 
Friday, September 11, 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Location: 
UK Appalachian Center, 624 Maxwelton Court

***EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER***6th Annual Appalachian Research Community Symposium and Arts Showcase

***THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED DUE TO DANGEROUS WEATHER CONDITIONS. WE WILL RESCHEDULE AND POST UPDATES WHEN PLANS ARE FINALIZED*** The University of Kentucky Graduate Appalachian Research Community presents the 6th Annual UK Appalachian Research Community Symposium and Arts Showcase on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the William T. Young Library.  This year's keynote speaker is Lisa Conley, Ph.D. Her research interests focus on foodways, environmental sustainability, and local food politics in motivating the self-provisioning practices of people in rural and urban Kentucky.  Please, find more information about registration or proposal submition here: https://appalachiancenter.as.uky.edu/annual-research-symposium.  The deadline to submit abstracts is February 15, 2015.  Registration for presenters and non-presenters is free.  Undergraduate and Graduate students are welcome to register.

Date: 
Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Location: 
William T. Young Library

SWAP Meeting with 2014 Summer Mini-Grant Recipients

The UK Appalachian Center is proud to host a SWAP (Sharing Work on Appalachia in Progress) Meeting with our 2014 Summer Mini-Grant Recipients.  Dr. Robin Vanderpool is a faculty memeber in the Department of Health Behavior.  Dr. Kang Namkoong is faculty in the Department of Community Leadership and Development in the College of Ag.  Michelle Justus Talbott is a graduate student here at the University of Kentucky.  All of the applicants have research interests and focus in Appalachia.  This meeting will be held from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the UK Appalachian Center on Thrusday, April 2, 2015.

Date: 
Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: 
UK Appalachian Center, 624 Maxwelton Court

Lexington Old-Time Music Gathering

Please, join in the fun at the Lexington Old-Time Music Gathering in Lexington, KY!  This event spans February 12, 2015 through February 15, 2015 and has something for everyone.  This is an opportunity for community engagement, learning about traditional mountain music, and hearing artists perform.  During the Saturday, 2/14/15 event, there will be fun for all ages at the Appalachian Youth Day portion of the event from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Admission for the Youth Day is free, and there will be workshops, open mic, jam sessions, singing, and dances!  (Please note that a parent must accompany children at all times.)  Please, see the Lexington Old-Time Music Gathering website for detailed information, including a full schedule of performers and events: http://lexoldtime.com/.

Date: 
Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 7:30pm to Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 8:30pm
Location: 
Various including ArtsPlace, 161 North Mill Street, Lexington, KY, Al's Bar, Willy's Locally Known, and Windy Corner Market

Dwight Billings on BBC Radio

Professor of Sociology Dwight Billings recently appeared as a guest on BBC World Service Radio to talk about hillbilly stereotypes. Billings says there has always been an interest in the American “other” – an interest that seems to have contrasting parts of fascination and fear.

Her Roots Run Deep: Shannon Bell's Book Continues to Earn Top Honors

Assistant Professor of Sociology Shannon Bell described her recent book, Our Roots Run Deep as Ironweed: Appalachian Women and the Fight for Environmental Justice, as a project that gives voice to her subjects: women fighting against the environmental effects of coal mining in Appalachia.

UK, ARC, and CDC Announce Initiatives to Address Health Disparities in Eastern Kentucky

Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) Health Impact Series will discuss health challenges and announce two new UK initiatives to address them.

Appalachian Film Showcase Coming to UK

On Monday, Nov. 11, in the Whitehall Classroom Building, representatives from AMI’s Summer Documentary Institute will screen three self-produced documentaries.

James S. Brown 2013 Graduate Student Award

The James S. Brown Award is given to honor the memory of Professor James S. Brown, a sociologist on the faculty of the University of Kentucky from 1946 to 1982, whose pioneering studies of society, demography, and migration in Appalachia (including his ethnography of “Beech Creek”) helped to establish the field of Appalachian Studies at U.K. and beyond.

Charting Economic Terrain in Appalachia: Amanda Fickey

Amanda Fickey, a University of Kentucky doctoral candidate was recently granted a year long research fellowship by the Central Appalachian Institute in Research and Development. The Institute, located in Pikeville, Kentucky, focuses heavily on improving educational access and issues of economic development in the Central Appalachian region.

Fickey, an instructor in the Department of Geography as well as in the Appalachian Studies Program while completing her doctoral studies, will spend 2013 as a fellow-in-residence at the institute. There she will focus her research around questions of regional identity and economic development throughout all of Appalachia. The fellowship is the first of its kind for CAIRD and Fickey hopes that her work this coming year will pave the way for other fellows and students to come.
 

This podcast was produced by Patrick O'Dowd.

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