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Appalachian Research Community

About Us

The University of Kentucky's Graduate Appalachian Research Community (GARC) is an official graduate student organization promoting interdisciplinary dialogue on Appalachian research. Our mission is to foster a supportive community in which students from various disciplines learn from each other's findings, discuss research obstacles and successes, can have a venue to present their Appalachian‐based research, and collaborate. To be added to the GARC listserv to receive email updates about events, resources, and opportunities please email Jed DeBruin at

GARC Activities & Outreach

  • Collaboration and participation in Appalachian Center events
  • Appalachian film screenings
  • Sharing relevant events, resources, and opportunities with colleagues, faculty, and students
  • Co-sponsoring events with other organizations with similar missions and interests
  • Organizational meetings to elect officers, plan events, and discuss the focus and direction of GARC
  • Discussion meetings to share interdisciplinary interests, research and questions
  • Lunch meetings with campus guest lecturers with relevant interest and expertise in the broad field of Appalachian Studies
  • Member presentations at the annual Appalachian Studies Association (ASA) Conference and other conferences with Appalachian Center support

GARC Symposium

In February or March of each year we sponsor a yearly Research Symposium and Arts Showcase for student researchers and artists. This event is open to students of all disciplines and all academic levels in Kentucky. Click HERE for more information! 


Appalachian Book Club

This reading group centered on Appalachia-based and/ or Appalachian-written novels resumes with Silas House's Lark Ascending - please see this helpful Google sheet for which pages we will be reading for the 11th! If you can't make the 11th, the next meeting will be on Monday, September 25th at the same time, and will be every other Monday from 7-8 pm the rest of the semester. We will meet in the Appalachian Center Annex Conference Room (641 S. Limestone; entrance is in the back by the gravel lot beside the Appalachian Center) and via Zoom (please email Shelby Roberts ( if you have any questions!). Click HERE for more information!


2022-2023 Officers

President: Jed DeBruin - Contact

Vice President: Michelle Roberts

Secretary-Treasurer: Jacob Johnson

Social Chair: Allen Fletcher


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