About the Appalachian Center

The Appalachian Center contributes to the land grant mission of the University of Kentucky by fostering community-university partnerships in research, learning and engagement in Appalachia. Located right here on UK's main campus, the center is a space for students, faculty, staff and community members to join forces in learning about and educating others about this beautiful region that faces unique opportunities and challenges toward sustainable development in a globalized context.

The Appalachian Studies Program, like the Appalachian Center, has an active 40-year history at the University of Kentucky.  It is an interdisciplinary program based in the College of Arts and Sciences with participation by faculty and students from across the colleges at UK. For more information on courses, affiliates, and opportunities to take part in this program click HERE!

One of the unique opportunities associated with the center is the Graduate Appalachian Research Community (GARC), a very active graduate student research network. GARC hosts various Appalachia related events and meetings on and off campus and organizes an annual Symposium and Arts Showcase held right here in Lexington! Contact GARC President, Leah Vance, or visit our GARC page for more information!

Mission

The University of Kentucky Appalachian Center contributes to the land grant mission of the University of Kentucky by fostering community-university partnerships in research, learning and engagement in Appalachia, a region faced with unique opportunities and challenges toward sustainable development in a globalized context.

Appalachian Center Staff
Kathryn Engle
Associate Director of Appalachian Center & Appalachian Studies Program

Gurney Norman
Appalachian Center Scholar-in-Residence 
 
Emma Kiser
Research Assistant 
 
Carson Benn
Teaching Assistant
 
Nathaniel Lucy
Teaching Assistant
 
Mary Glenn Marsden
Department Manager
 
To stay up to date on all Appalachian Center events and be added to our listserv, please call the center at (859) 257-4852 or email Mary Glenn Marsden.
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