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Reflecting Critically on 50 Yeas of the War on Poverty: Young Volunteers in Appalachia

This panel of historians and representatives of federal volunteer programs will discuss 50 years of US War on Poverty investments in social change in Appalachia throuh youth service programs, from the Appalachian Volunteers in the 1960s, to current Teach for America and VISTA volunteers. Panelists will provide an overview of the larger policy context, experiences as volunteers, community critiques, and the effects of the recent federal sequestration.

                                                                 Reflecting Critically on 50 Years of the War on Poverty: Young Volunteers in Appalachia

Date: 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
Student Center, Center Theater
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'Appalachia in the Bluegrass' Welcomes Skipjack, Stephen Wade

Americana, old-time music, the banjo and vivid stories take the spotlight at the University of Kentucky for the next two performances in the “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series.

Appalachia Historian Ron Eller Donates Papers to UK Libraries

UK Special Collections will celebrate the career of Appalachia scholar and historian Ron D. Eller with the donation ceremony of the Ron Eller Papers Nov. 8.

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.

Experience Appalachian Culture on Nov. 2

Kentuckians will have a chance to experience through music, crafts and cuisine the Appalachian culture that makes the region unique. The Pickin’ Time Mountain Music and Harvest Festival will offer all of those things Nov. 2 at the Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability in Jackson.

UKP Author/Activist Wins Appalachian Writers Book of Year Award

Author Helen Matthews Lewis has been named the recipient of the 2012 Appalachian Writers Association’s Book of the Year Award for Nonfiction for her book "Helen Matthews Lewis: Living Social Justice in Appalachia."

Native Music to Kentucky, Inner Mongolia Featured in 'Appalachia in the Bluegrass' Concert Series

Kentucky's Poet Laureate Frank X Walker

 

 

Kentucky has a rich literary history, and the new Poet Laureate of the Bluegrass State, Frank X Walker, has a deep respect and knowledge of those great writers before him.

Frank’s Kentucky roots have integrally shaped his perspective as a writer and teacher. The Danville native has said "One of the things I know, having lived in other states than Kentucky, is that it means something to be a Kentucky writer."

Frank created the word “Affrilachia,” which identified the African American experience in the Appalachian region.

It was a word that allowed the invisible to become visible. He and a group of his writing friends founded the Affrilachian Poets, and an entire Affrilachian literary movement that prides itself in giving voice to previously muted and silenced people and promotes excellence in teaching, writing, art and activism.

For Frank the position of Poet Laureate is most importantly a chance to teach and educate. Frank is driven by his passion of bringing more attention to prominent African-American writers in Appalachia, both past and present.

To learn more about Poet Laureate Frank X Walker visit these sites: frankxwalker.com as.uky.edu

 

 

UPK Books Offer Readers a Taste of Kentucky

Kentucky may be horse-racing and basketball country, but when it comes to your taste buds, the Bluegrass State is a foodie haven with a rich culinary tradition. From the famed mint juleps of the Kentucky Derby to slow-smoked mutton in the western part of the state, bourbon and barbecue have deep roots in the Bluegrass State.

Sociologist to Talk on 'Early Mortality, Stigma, & Social Suffering in Appalachia'

Matt Wray, a sociologist from Temple University, has been researching suicide across the United States. He will visit UK to give a talk called "Early Mortality, Stigma, & Social Suffering in Appalachia" March 27 in the UK Student Center Small Ballroom.

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