On Thursday, March 2, 2017, the UK Appalachian Center celebrated its 40th Anniversary and the retirement of three affiliated faculty members: Dwight Billings, Ron Pen, and James Hougland. Guests gathered at the Hilary J. Boone Center on UK's Campus, and the UK Appalachian Center Director, Chris Barton, and the Appalachian Studies Director, Shaunna Scott gave talks about the Center's 40-year history and each of the faculty members' contributions throughout the years.
Please, join us for the 8th Annual GARC (Graduate Appalachian Research Community) Symposium and Arts Showcase! This event will be held on Saturday, February 18th, 2017 at the UK Law Building Courtroom. The specific daily schedule is currently being written and will be updated soon. The keynote panel this year includes a highly-esteemed group of speakers: Crystal Wilkinson, Dwight Billings, Ivy Brashear, and Robert Gipe. Undergraduate and Graduate students with research and work pertaining to Appalachia, from all Colleges and Universities, and from all disciplines are welcome and encouraged to submit poster and presentations proposals through the GARC website abstract submission form. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 1, 2017 by midnight. Students are not required to present to attend. We do ask that all presenters and non-presenters register to attend by midnight on Monday, February 6, 2017. For more information, details, and updates about the coming symposium, please visit the GARC website's Annual Research Symposium page!
We are very excited to announce the 2016 Sustainability Fourm here on UK's Campus! This event is brought to you by the Tracy Farmer Institute on Sustainability and the Environment and the UK Appalachian Center. Students may submit their posters/presentations online here: http://tfise.uky.edu/showcase by Sunday, November 20, 2016. Students will present their work on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at the Hillary J. Boone Center at 4:30 p.m. Awards for the best posters/presentations will be announced at 6:30 p.m. Please, see the showcase's webpage for more information, and join us at the event! Please, encourage other students with sustainability-focused work and research to submit and attend.
The Immigrant Experience and Contribution in Appalachian Coal Fields Exhibit, preceded by Poetry Reading
***EVENT START TIME DELAYED DUE TO TRAVEL ISSUES. 4:30 - 5 P.M. START TIME*** Just Transition not Toxic Prisons: the Fight Against Prison Building in Coal County
Please, join us in welcoming Panagioti Tsolkas as part of our UK Appalachian Center Speaker Series! This talk is entitled Just Transition not Toxic Prisons: the Fight Against Prison Building in Coal Country. Mr. Tsolkas will present his talk in Room 208 of the White Hall Classroom Building on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. He is the current Special Projects Coordinator at the Human Rights Defense Center in Lake Worth, FL, the Prison Ecology Project, has been the editor for the Earth First! Journal, and has worked on many other projects and as an activist. This is a free event and has been co-sponsored by the Departments of Sociology and Political Science.
We Never Met Strangers—We Met People: Using Collaborative Anthropology to Uncover Hidden Histories of Race and Religion in an Indianapolis Neighborhood
Please, join us in welcoming Dr. Susan Hyatt for a talk in the UK Appalachian Center Speaker Series! Friday, October 16, 2015 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Dr. Hyatt will give a talk entitled We Never Met Strangers--We Met People: Using Collaborative Antrhopology to Uncover Hidden Histories of Race and Religion in an Indianapolis Neighborhood. This will be held in the White Hall Classroom Building, Room 102 and is a free event, co-sponsored by African American and Africana Studies, Jewish Studies, and Anthropology. All are welcome to join in a pre-talk conversation from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the UK Appalachian Center, 624 Maxwelton Court (across Limestone from the UK Law Building). Please, see below for her talk abstract and a brief bio.
We Never Met Strangers—We Met People”: Using Collaborative Anthropology to Uncover Hidden Histories of Race and Religion in an Indianapolis Neighborhood
Susan B. Hyatt
Department of Anthropology, IUPUI
Collaborative ethnography, as defined by Luke Eric Lassiter, is "a very specific kind of ethnography that builds on the cooperative relationships already present in the ethnographic research process… and endeavors to engender texts that are more readable, relevant, and applicable to local communities of ethnographic collaborators (i.e. local publics)." Working with what Lassiter calls "local publics" involves not only making anthropological methods and insights "user-friendly"; it also involves developing and implementing interdisciplinary strategies, including archival work, mapping and various other technologies, in order to provide communities with products that are accessible and useful to them.
In 2010, Applied Anthropology students from Indiana University in Indianapolis began collecting oral histories, photographs and other memorabilia from African-American and Jewish elders, who had once lived side-by-side in what had once been one of the most multi-ethnic neighborhoods in the city: the near Southside. While the material setting of the neighborhood has largely been destroyed by successive waves of urban development, post-war upward mobility, and by the construction of an interstate in the early 1970s, its social landscape continues to be fondly recalled by its former inhabitants. In this talk, I explore the stories of those residents, their neighborhood and the project that brought them back together nearly 50 years after the neighborhood was dispersed. I also describe the multiple products that were created and disseminated through this collaboration.
Dr. Susan B. Hyatt
Dr. Susan Hyatt is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Chair of the Anthropology Department. She completed her MA in Anthropology at the University of Michigan in 1980. From 1981-89, she worked as a community organizer in Southwest Chicago prior to returning to graduate school at the University of Massachusetts in 1989, where she completed her PhD in 1996. As a result of her experiences in Chicago, she became interested in the impact of local-level campaigns for social justice on the low-income and working-class women who are often the backbone of such movements. That was the topic of her doctoral fieldwork, which she carried out in a deindustrialized municipality in northern England in the early to mid-1990s. After 8 ½ years teaching at Temple University in Philadelphia, in 2005 she moved to the Indianapolis branch of Indiana University where she founded the state’s first MA program in Applied Anthropology. In 2010, the Indiana Campus Compact awarded her with the Brian Hiltunen Award for the Outstanding Scholarship of Civic Engagement and in 2012, she received the Chancellor’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement. In the fall 2012 semester, she served as the second Robert Harman Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Applied Anthropology at California State University in Long Beach.
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.
The University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences has named Shaunna Scott as the new director of its Appalachian Studies Program and Christopher Barton as the new director of the Appalachian Center.
UK Students, Staff, and Faculty are welcome to join the UK Appalachian Center for a trip to tour the Benham Coal Museum in Benham, KY on Saturday, April 25, 2015. The group will meet at the UK Appalachian Center (624 Maxwelton Court) to leave by bus at 8 a.m. and return to Lexington by about 8 p.m. This tour is an opportunity to learn about the history of coal mining in eastern, KY through exhibits on company towns, viewing a mine portal, and hearing from scholars including Dr. Bill Turner on life in Benham and Lynch, KY throughout time. This is a free event, and we will accommodate as many as we can! Please RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a space on the bus by Thursday, April 16, 2015. (Please, send 1 RSVP per email.)