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Conversations with Gurney featuring Chris Holbrook

Join us as we welcome Appalachian author Chris Holbrook to the University of Kentucky on Monday, April 8, 2019 5:00-6:30PM at the James F. Hardymon Theater in the Davis Marksbury Building. Chris will join Appalachian Center scholar-in-residence, Gurney Norman as a part of the ongoing series Conversations with Gurney to discuss his book Upheaval among other topics related to Appalachia. 
Date: 
Monday, April 8, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Location: 
James F. Hardymon Theater - Davis Marskbury Building
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Celebrating Gurney Coffee Hour

 

Join us Thursday, January 31st 10-11AM for a special coffee hour celebrating Gurney Norman's induction into the Kentucky Writer's Hall of Fame! Coffee, tea, light refreshments and cake will be served. This is a free event for UK students, faculty, staff and community. Help us celebrate our scholar-in-residence and this major accomplishment!!

Date: 
Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Location: 
UK Appalachian Center
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Wayne Riley - Director of the Laurel County African American Heritage Center

Wayne Riley, Founder and Director of the Laurel County African American Heritage Center, visited UK to share his experiences with non-profit work in Appalachia Tuesday, February 19th from 11-12:30 in the William T. Young Library UKAA Auditorium. Located in London, KY, LCAAHC partners with the community to research and preserve the African American heritage of Laurel County. It was a pleasure to host Wayne and hear his story. Shown below is a photo from the Appalachian Center's lunch at Mimi's Southern Style following Wayne's presentation. 

 

Date: 
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 11:00am
Location: 
William T. Young Library - UKAA Auditorium
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Drum and Banjo: African Roots/American Branches

Together with the Niles Center, the Department of African American & Africana Studies, and the Lexington Old Time Music Gathering, the Appalachian Center will host a musical event "Drum and Banjo: African Roots/American Branches" with Joan Brannon and Randy Wilson at the John Jacobs Niles Gallery in the UK Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 3:30PM.  Joan Brannon and Randy Wilson will perform on drum and banjo taking you on a journey from Africa to Appalachia with rhythm, songs and stories linking our past, tunes and beats that have bound us together on this continent, despite all the forces that would drive us apart.

As a percussionist and teacher, Joan Brannon founded the drumming collectives, Sisters of the Sacred Drum and the Sacred Drum Ensemble and has played percussion instruments for the past 20 years. She teaches drumming empowerment classes for youth, enrichment circles for women and facilitates workshops in a variety of settings to bring the power of percussion into community. Joan respects the drum as a sacred instrument that utilizes rhythms for celebration and as a tool for communication, empowerment and community building. She has performed and drummed throughout the US and in Guinea, West Africa.

Randy Wilson's remarkable Appalachian banjo performance marries the excitement of musical virtuosity with the informed perspective of cultural context. He traces the entire sweep of the banjo from the African grasslands to Southern plantations to the mountains of East Kentucky in a way that makes history sparkle with vitality. Jean Ritchie once called Randy "a mountain Pied Piper for kids one to ninety nine." Randy is a very special performer, whose warmth of personality reaches out to the very heart and soul of any audience. 

Date: 
Friday, February 8, 2019 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
John Jacobs Niles Gallery
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Appalachian Forum- Jessica Wilkerson

Join us in welcoming Jessica Wilkerson to UK for her presentation "How Women Led Appalachian Movements for Social Justice" 2:00-3:15PM at the William T. Young Library UKAA Auditorium on Thursday, March 21,2019. The Appalachian Center will also be hosting a special Coffee Hour with Jessica Wilkerson from 10-11AM on the 21st. Join us at 624 Maxwelton Court for coffee, tea and light refreshments!

 

 

 

Date: 
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm
Location: 
William T. Young Library - UKAA Auditorium
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