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Geoscience & Environmental Justice in Appalachia Speaker Series

Join us for the "Geoscience & Environmental Justice in Appalachia" Appalachian Forum speaker series sponsored by the Kentucky Geological Survey, the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences,  the UK Appalachian Center & Appalachian Studies Program, and the student organization the Appalachian Research Community.

Making Higher Education Matter to Kentucky

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 - 2:30pm
E. Britt Brockman, M.D. Senate Chamber, Gatton Student Center

The Department of Sociology and the UK Appalachian Center & Appalachian Studies Program are thrilled to host Dr. Aaron Thompson, graduate of the UK Department of Sociology and President of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. Dr. Thompson will be giving a public lecture entitled "Making Higher Education Matter to Kentucky"  at the E. Britt Brockman, M.D. Senate Chamber, in the Gatton Student Center at 2:30 pm on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022. From his start as a low-income minority youth in rural Clay County to Council on Postsecondary Education President, Dr. Aaron Thompson will share his story about the transformative power of higher education. Thompson will also speak about how his passions for closing opportunity gaps and increasing the value of higher education have influenced the state’s new strategic agenda for postsecondary education. 

If you would like to join virtually, please see the Zoom webinar registration information below.


Also join us also for a special coffee hour earlier in the day featuring Dr. Thompson at 10:00AM at the Appalachian Center or virtually, via Zoom.

Additionally, graduate students are invited to join Dr. Thompson for lunch in the Gatton Student Center, Room 331 at 12:00 noon. Students should RSVP to Justin Conder at justin.conder@uky.edu

About Dr. Thompson

Dr. Aaron Thompson is a passionate advocate for higher education. As a first-generation college student from rural Clay County, Kentucky, he experienced first-hand the transformative power of a college credential. As President of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, he works to ensure all Kentuckians have an equal opportunity to improve their lives through postsecondary education. Before taking the helm of CPE, Thompson served as interim president of Kentucky State University and as executive vice president, provost, and faculty member at Eastern Kentucky University. He has extensive leadership experience within the private and non-profit sectors and is a highly sought-after national speaker. Thompson has authored numerous books on diversity, cultural competence, first-year experience programs, retention and student success. Thompson received his doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Kentucky, with an emphasis on organizational leadership. He earned a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Kentucky, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Eastern Kentucky University.



Coffee Hour (In Person & Virtual)

Repeats every 2 weeks every Thursday until Fri Apr 29 2022 except Thu Mar 17 2022.
Thursday, January 20, 2022 - 10:00am
Thursday, February 3, 2022 - 10:00am
Thursday, February 17, 2022 - 10:00am
Thursday, March 3, 2022 - 10:00am
Thursday, March 31, 2022 - 10:00am
Thursday, April 14, 2022 - 10:00am
Thursday, April 28, 2022 - 10:00am
Appalachian Center & Virtual Via Zoom
The Appalachian Center welcomes you to our drop-in Coffee Hour every other Thursday from 10-11 AM. The Center invites students, faculty, staff, and community members for coffee and light refreshments. Come visit with others interested in the region and learn more about the work of the Appalachian Center and the Appalachian Studies Program. Coffee Hour is a space to exchange ideas for programs, initiatives, and events, discuss regional issues, and share research in a casual, collegial atmosphere.

Join us for our bi-weekly coffee hour, either in person or virtually via Zoom! Come by the App Center at 624 Maxwelton Ct. or register via Zoom to join us virtually!

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
01/20/2022 - 10:00am
02/03/2022 - 10:00am - Special Coffee Hour Featuring Dr. Aaron Thompson
02/17/2022 - 10:00am
03/03/2022 - 10:00am
03/31/2022 - 10:00am
04/14/2022 - 10:00am
04/28/2022 - 10:00am - Special Coffee Hour Recognizing our Spring Graduates


Advocacy in Southeastern Kentucky

Saturday, October 30, 2021 - 2:00pm
Virtual Via Zoom

Join the Sunup Initiative & the UK Appalachian Center for a panel discussing advocacy in Southeastern Kentucky. Learn from local advocates Sherry Tinsley, Venus Evans, John Stewart, and Chase Carson, moderated by Lisa Garrison, as they share their experiences working to make their community a better place. 

Check out our facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/892655231371296?ref=newsfeed

Register for the webinar here: https://uky.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RxoyIpdPQXijfPi5lUaZsg

This event is in recognition and commemoration of the 1919 Corbin expulsion. For more more information on the event and racial justice organizing in the tri-county area visit: https://sunupcorbin.com/

Eliza Griswold

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 6:00pm
Virtual Via Zoom

Join us as we welcome Pulitzer Prize winner Eliza Griswold for a virtual talk as part of our Appalachian Forum series. Her award-winning book Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) is an incredible piece of reporting on limited legal remedies, community conflict, environmental contamination, toxic exposure, and corruption in two small towns deeply impacted by corporate, hydraulic fracturing. Tune in as she discusses: Beyond ExtractIon: Stories, like Resources can be extracted from communities--how do we break the paradigm? 

Join online via Zoom or come to the UK Appalachian Center at 624 Maxwelton Ct. to join the conversation and enjoy refreshments.

This event is cosponsored by the Appalachian Center, the Department of Sociology, and the UK Center for Appalachian Research in Environmental Sciences. 

Register for the webinar here: https://uky.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GzvgWrJ4R0-EIfKAtlrInw or join us in person to view the webinar at the App Center at 624 Maxwelton Ct. 

This programming is presented with support from the UK Office of Institutional Diversity Inclusive Excellence Student Program Grant.