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Lend-A-Hand Center Spring Creek Cleanup

Saturday, April 10, 2021 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Lend-A-Hand Center, Walker, KY
PLEASE NOTE RESCHEDULED DATE: Join us for a creek cleanup and water testing event on Saturday, April 10th!  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 Kentucky RIVERKEEPER and the UK Appalachian Center, in partnership with the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute. 
This event is funded by a UK-CARES Community Engagement Project Grant.

VIRTUAL SWAP- Sharing Work on Appalachia in Progress

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Virtual Via Zoom
Join us for a VIRTUAL SWAP (Sharing Work on Appalachia in Progress) presentation Tuesday, February 23rd, 12-1:30PM via Zoom (regsitration required). This year SWAPs will showcase the research conducted by recipents of the 2020 James S. Brown Graduate Student Award for Research on Appalachia and the UK Appalachian Center Eller & Billings Student Research Award. 

Dane Ritter, English, “Maybe Mountain: the Devastating Poetry of Mountaintop Removal” - 2020 James S. Brown Graduate Student Award for Research on Appalachia

Rachael Blandau, Political Science, “Substantive Political Representation in Rural Kentucky” - 2020 James S. Brown Graduate Student Award for Research on Appalachia


Hi there, 
You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 
When: Feb 23, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Virtual Spring Coffee Hour

Repeats every 2 weeks every Thursday until Fri May 07 2021 except Thu Mar 11 2021.
Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 10:00am
Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 10:00am
Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 10:00am
Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 10:00am
Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 10:00am
Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 10:00am
Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 10:00am
Virtual Via Zoom

The Appalachian Center will host VIRTUAL Coffee Hours every other Thursday from 10-11 AM during the spring semester. The Center invites students, faculty, staff, and community members to join us via Zoom. Bring your favorite beverage and snacks and 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. Please see the Zoom info below.

[There will be no Coffee Hour on March 11th due to the ASA Conference]

May 6th- Special Recognition of Graduating Seniors and Accomplishments
Hi there, 
Kathryn Engle is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. 
Topic: Virtual Spring Coffee Hour
Time: Jan 28, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
    Every 2 weeks on Thu, until May 6, 2021, 8 occurrence(s) 
    Jan 28, 2021 10:00 AM 
    Feb 11, 2021 10:00 AM 
    Feb 25, 2021 10:00 AM 
    Mar 25, 2021 10:00 AM 
    Apr 8, 2021 10:00 AM 
    Apr 22, 2021 10:00 AM 
    May 6, 2021 10:00 AM 
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Join from PC, Mac, Linux, or mobile device: https://uky.zoom.us/j/81961453777
Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  16468769923,81961453777#  or 13017158592,81961453777# 
Or Telephone:
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Coming Out in Appalachia: LGBTQ* Documentary Film Screening & Discussion

Friday, November 13, 2020 - 5:00pm
National Coming Out Day is an annual LGBTQ* commemoration celebrated on October 11th to mark the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Coming out, an event and ongoing process of living LGBTQ* identities, involves openly embracing who we are and supporting each other in a climate of homophobia and other forms of gender and sexual-based discrimination and oppression. Appalachians face a pervasive narrative that rural spaces like the mountains, farms, and small towns of our homes are not affirming or welcoming and that queer flight is the best option. We also face significant erasure, as though we do not inhabit our home places or are an exception. Contrary to these narratives, Appalachia has a rich LGBTQ* history and queerness proudly mineralizes our bones, homes, and landscapes and is foundational to who we are as a region. Please join us on  for a virtual documentary film screening of three short films directed by young people from Appalachia through the Appalachian Media Institute (AMI) followed by an open discussion. These films by directors Oakley Fugate, Joey Salyer, Robbie Thacker, Destiny Caldwell, and Savannah Swiney present a variety of experiences and open space for recognition, discussion, healing, and pride. Join us in coming out and standing proudly with our Appalachian community as members and allies of the region's diverse LGBTQ* community. 
Not a Daughter (16:55)

The Corbin Expulsion of 1919 Virtual Film Screening & Discussion

Friday, October 30, 2020 - 5:30pm
Virtual Via Zoom
The Sunup Initiative presents a free virtual film screening & discussion on Friday, October 30th, featuring Black in Appalachia’s The Corbin Expulsion of 1919 short film. 
William Isom, director of Black in Appalachia, and Matt O’Neal, a PhD candidate at the University of Georgia, will introduce the film and share their research. A panel discussion will follow.

For more information and for educational materials relating to the 1919 race riot see the Sunup Initiative website at https://sunupcorbin.com/. 

Also please visit our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2452790421690556/ and check out the event page on the Sunup website: https://sunupcorbin.com/events/blackinappalachiascreening