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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. 

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

Jessica Wilkerson visited UK to present "How Women Led Appalachian Movements for Social Justice" from 2:00-3:15PM at the William T. Young Library UKAA Auditorium on Thursday, March 21,2019. The Appalachian Center also hosted a special Coffee Hour with Jessica Wilkerson from 10-11AM on the 21st at the UK Appalachian Center - 624 Maxwelton Court!



Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm
William T. Young Library - UKAA Auditorium
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Join us on April 18th at 6PM in the Gatton Student Center Cinema for a showing of the Ashley York and Sally Rubin Film "Hillbilly," which has garnered a lot of praise at a number of festivals and exhibitions. There will be a reception at the UK Appalachian Center (624 Maxwelton Court) at 8PM following the showing of the film. We hope to see you there!
Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Gatton Student Center Cinema
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Conversations with Gurney feat. Robert Gipe

Robert Gipe, author and illustrator of the critically acclaimed novels Trampoline and Weedeater, joined the Appalachian Center's scholar-in-residence, Gurney Norman for a visit and reading. Since 1997, Robert has served as the Director of the Appalachian Program at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. Through his fiction and work with the community-theater project, Higher Ground in Harlan, Kentucky, Robert has tackled tough issues in the mountains including drug abuse, environmental degradation, mining, outmigration, and discrimination.

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Convo w Gurney Robert Gipe from UK College of Arts & Sciences on Vimeo.

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
James F. Hardymon Theater in the Davis Marksbury Building
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Coffee Hour

The Appalachian Center will host drop-in Coffee Hours on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month 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.
Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu Apr 18 2019 except Thu Jan 24 2019, Thu Jan 31 2019, Thu Feb 14 2019, Thu Feb 28 2019, Thu Mar 07 2019, Thu Mar 14 2019, Thu Mar 21 2019, Thu Mar 28 2019, Thu Apr 11 2019.
Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
UK Appalachian Center - 624 Maxwelton Court
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