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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



Virtual Fall Coffee Hour

Repeats every 2 weeks every Thursday until Fri Nov 13 2020 .
Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Online Via Zoom
The Appalachian Center will host VIRTUAL Coffee Hours every other Thursday from 10-11 AM during the fall 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.
Hi there, 
Kathryn Engle is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. 
Topic: Virtual Fall Coffee Hour
Time: Sep 3, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
    Every 2 weeks on Thu, until Nov 12, 2020, 6 occurrence(s) 
    Sep 3, 2020 10:00 AM 
    Sep 17, 2020 10:00 AM 
    Oct 1, 2020 10:00 AM 
    Oct 15, 2020 10:00 AM 
    Oct 29, 2020 10:00 AM 
    Nov 12, 2020 10:00 AM 
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A&S Students Receive Appalachian Center Research Awards

By Jenny Wells-Hosley

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 27, 2020) — The University of Kentucky Appalachian Center has honored 12 students with its annual research awards. Nine graduate students received the James S. Brown Graduate Student Award for Research on Appalachia, and two graduate students and one undergraduate student received the center's Eller and Billings Student Research Award. 

The College of Arts & Sciences Commitment to Equity and Anti-Racism

The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to learning and working environments that are diverse, inclusive, and equitable for students, staff, and faculty.

We stand in solidarity with those working to confront systemic racial injustice in our communities and in the United States. We recognize the disproportionate burden of racism and other forms of violence on many within our A&S community during this time. We affirm our support of faculty, students, staff, and alumni in standing against all forms of racism, discrimination, and bias.