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2021 Lend-A-Hand Center Fall Creek Cleanup & Resource Fair

Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Lend-A-Hand Center, Walker, KY
Join us for a creek cleanup and well water treatment demonstration event on Saturday, October 16th! Come learn about different organizations working on water related issues in Kentucky. Both adults and kids are encouraged to participate. Meet at the Lend-A-Hand Center- 3234 KY 718 Walker, KY. Call 606 622-1385 to pre-register (required, spots are limited). Participants will be given $25 Walmart gift cards for their participation. All cleanup supplies and hand sanitizer will be provided. Lunch will be provided. Social distancing will be enforced and the event will be primarily outside. Bring your mask & waterproof shoes/boots. Directions: https://lendahandcenter.org/directions/
This event is hosted by the Lend-A-Hand Center and co-sponsored by the UK Appalachian Center, the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute, and the Kentucky Division of Water, Groundwater Division. 
This event is funded by a UK-CARES Community Engagement Project Grant.

Yes, You Can Come Home Again

Monday, November 1, 2021 - 5:00pm

Join us for the Appalachian Center "Appalachian Forum" series featuring Emily Hudson, community activist and one of the founders of the Southeast Kentucky African-American Museum and Cultural Center. Join us for her talk entitled "Yes, You Can Come Home Again" as she shares excerpts from her book, Soul Miner, and discusses her journey in search of her identity as an Appalachian and an African American. She will share about the genesis of SEKYAAMCC and how it is on a mission to provide a platform for "history to speak." 

5:00 pm Monday, November 1st, 2021

Event location William T. Young LIbrary UKAA Auditorium  & Virtual via Zoom.

To join via Zoom- register for the webinar here: https://uky.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yfwRd000RlmGgvY50fAmAw

This presentation is co-sponsored by the UK Appalachian Center & Appalachian Studies Program, African-American & Africana Studies , and the Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies. 

Gathering on the Porch

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Appalachian Center, 624 Maxwelton Ct.


Come meet with Appalachian Studies Minor & Certificate Students, students from the region, AppalachiaCorps interns, and Robinson Scholars. Drop in and come sit a spell on the porch at the UK Appalachian Center at 624 Maxwelton Ct. We will have yard games and refreshments will be provided. 

Acting Together Beyond the Academy: Partnering Sustainably for Social Change Workshop

Monday, October 18, 2021 - 12:00pm
UK Appalachian Center 624 Maxwelton Ct.

Join us at the Appalachian Center for a special workshop led by Dr. Sasikumar Balasundaram. We are excited to welcome Dr. Balasundaram back to campus! Lunch will be provided. Space is limited so please be sure to RSVP: https://www.as.uky.edu/October18-RSVP 

Overview: This workshop will assist attendees in analyzing social change with a new look and creative strategies. It will serve as a forum to exchange ideas and tools necessary for individual and collective activism.

Abstract: Almost all our communities experience consequences of social inequality, climate crisis, and food insecurity. Developing creative and sustainable local strategies are vital to address these multi-dimensional problems. Analyzing ourselves and our communities from a critical standpoint are vital for collaborative work. In this workshop, I will share the experience of working with different communities and how the lessons learned from them led to developing a long-term sustainable strategy to continue my social justice, food justice, and climate justice activism. This workshop will explore the various way one can engage in social activism. For example, we will explore the role of local farmer’s markets in climate activism. This workshop will emphasize participants identifying their potential in creating social change. Upon completing this workshop, participants will be confident in analyzing their communities and developing creative, sustainable strategies that can lead to positive outcomes. This workshop also will help participants link personal interests to professional development and social activism. 

Bio sketch: Dr. Sasikumar Balasundaram received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. He previously taught at the University of Kentucky and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He co-founded the Confluence Climate Collaborative; an advocacy group focused on environmental justice in Southern Illinois. He had also partnered with local communities to improve race relations in the greater East St. Louis area. He currently teaches at the College of William and Mary and runs the Harvest Earth, a non-profit organization focused on climate change, food security, and racial justice.

Workshop cosponsored by the Appalachian Center & Appalachian Studies Program, Department of Anthropology, and Environmental & Sustainability Studies. 


Coffee Hour (In Person & Virtual)

Repeats every 2 weeks every Thursday until Fri Dec 10 2021 except Thu Oct 14 2021, Thu Nov 25 2021.
Thursday, September 2, 2021 - 10:00am
Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 10:00am
Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 10:00am
Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 10:00am
Thursday, November 11, 2021 - 10:00am
Thursday, December 9, 2021 - 10:00am
Appalachian Center & Virtual Via Zoom

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. 
09/02/2021 - 10:00am
09/16/2021 - 10:00am
09/30/2021 - 10:00am
10/14/2021 - 10:00am CANCELED
10/28/2021 - 10:00am
11/11/2021 - 10:00am
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.