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Appalachian Center Spring Shindig

Join us for the UK Appalachian Center Spring Shindig Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 5PM at the Center (624 Maxwelton Court) as we celebrate our accomplishments from 2018-2019. We will be recognizing both our 2019 award recipients and our graduating undergraduate certificate and minor students. This is a FREE event open to the public and all UK students, faculty, and staff. Food will be provided. We hope to see you here!

Date: 
Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 5:00pm
Location: 
UK Appalachian Center
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Talking About the Black Experience in Kentucky: A Conversation with Historian Dr. George Wright

Talking About the Black Experience in Kentucky- Why is it urgent to have this conversation now? Dr. George Wright, noted author and incoming Visiting Professor of History at the University of Kentucky, hosted an interactive webinar exploring the Black experience in Kentucky in dialogue with Judi Jennings and Sharyn Mitchell.

This online webinar hosted by the University of Kentucky Appalachian Center took place Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 4:00-5:00 pm. It was also available through the University of Kentucky Appalachian Center Facebook Page and has been featured on the May 2019 issue of Balancing the Scales.

 

Participant Bios

Dr. George Wright is the author of three books written from his unique perspective as a native Kentuckian: “A History of Blacks in Kentucky: In Pursuit of Equality, 1890-1980, Volume II; Racial Violence in Kentucky, 1865-1940: Lynchings, Mob Rule and "Legal Lynchings," and Life Behind a Veil: Blacks in Louisville, Kentucky, 1865-1930.  He will be a Visiting Professor at the University of Kentucky in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020.

Dr. Judith Jennings, also a native Kentuckian, first met  George Wright when they were graduate students in history at UK. Jennings has written on the abolition of the British slave trade and co-edited Helen Matthews Lewis: Living Social Justice in Appalachia.

Sharyn Mitchell is from central Kentucky and is currently the Research Services Specialist at the Special Collections & Archives at Berea College. She is on the board of the Madison County Historical Society and President and Co-Founder of the ​African American Genealogy Group of Kentucky.

This webinar is partially funded by ARTWORKS, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Partners:

University of Kentucky Appalachian Center & Appalachian Studies Program

Berea College Special Collections & Archives

Date: 
Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
UK Appalachian Center & Online through Facebook Live & Zoom

Conversations with Gurney featuring Chris Holbrook

Appalachian author, Chris Holbrook, visited 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 joined 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. 

 

Convo with Gurney from UK College of Arts & Sciences on Vimeo.

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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