environmental and sustainable studies

Lectures Focus on How Appalachia Is Portrayed in Film

A series of lectures about Appalachians on film, begins January 27, with “Genre and Jessica Lynch” at 2 p.m. in William T. Young Library Auditorium.

Stacy Takacs: "Genre and Jessica Lynch"

Lecture by Stacy Takacs, author of "Terrorism TV." Was West Virginia soldier Jessica Lynch really a female Rambo, and did the military make her a damsel in distress to be saved from Iraqis?: Explore how to spin a war.

The events are sponsored by American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Appalachian Center, the English Department, and the Environmental Sustainability Program. All events are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Young Library Auditorium

'Standing Up for the Mountains' Book Talk at UK

Three University of Kentucky authors will present recent books about mountaintop removal mining, and the treasured landscapes and Appalachian communities that lie in its midst, at a book talk and signing Thursday, Feb. 27.

Appalachian Women and the Fight for Environmental Justice: Shannon Bell

Shannon Bell, an assistant professor of sociology with strong interests in the Appalachian region, has written a book called Our Roots Run Deep As Ironweed: Appalachian Women and the Fight for Environmental Justice. In addition to her book, Bell has done a 'photo-voice' project to help residents advocate for their communities, and given students opportunities to create positive change in their own lives and across campus. In this podcast, Bell talks about the book and other recent projects. 

(Update - September 15, 2014) - Bell's book has been receiving many accolades and awards - among them:

-2014 Association for Humanist Sociology Book Award;
-2014 Silver Medal Winner for the Nautilus Book Awards;
-2014 Runner-up for the Green Book Festival

Bell is also a co-director of Greenhouse, a new living-learning community that engages students in learning about many aspects of the local environment, all in the context of sustainability. Greenhouse opened its doors this fall in Woodland Glen II, one of the brand new residential life buildings at UK. 

More info about Bell's involvement with Greenhouse can be found here:
Fresh Perspective - Podcast
Inside Greenhouse - Video

This podcast was produced by Cheyenne Hohman. 


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