Talk on The Highlander Folk School @ Gailor Auditorium
Feb 16 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Please join us to welcome Emily Senefeld, C’05, who will give a talk, More than Song and Dance: The Highlander Folk School’s Cultural Programs, 1934-1962 on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at  2:30 p.m in Gailor Auditorium

Emily is currently a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of Virginia. Her work examines the history of the Highlander Folk School from 1932 to 1962, with an emphasis on how the Summ.erfield-based school used labor and folk music, as well as dramas and documentary  films, as tools for organizing in labor and civil rights.

The talk is co-sponsored by the Collaborative for Southern Appalachian Studies and the Department of History and is being held in conjunction with SAST 330: Place-Based Research Methods and Heritage Site Interpretation.

General Education and Assessment: From My Work to Our Work
Feb 18 @ 11:00 am – Feb 20 @ 12:00 pm

In order to develop high-quality general education pathways that are effective for all students—especially for those students from traditionally undeserved groups—we need to build, enrich, and support greater collaboration among educators of all sorts.  AAC&U’s 2016 conference on General Education and Assessment—”From My Work to Our Work”—is designed to examine research, evidence, and models for effective general education programs and courses that work for all students.  With focused attention on equity, the meeting will examine effective general education teaching and learning methods,  campus cultures that value and support general education, integrative general education frameworks, and transparent approaches to assessment.

A change in perspective from “my work” to “our work” requires rethinking the curriculum and cocurriculum and re-envisioning the nature of faculty roles.  Participants will consider how communities of practice, and other forms of inclusion and collaboration, can support the development and sustaining of effective general education programs.  They will learn how to redesign general education programs to extend from cornerstone to capstone and how to scaffold high-impact practices and—through connections among general education, majors, and co-curricular programs—empower all students with the knowledge and skills required for their professional, personal, and social lives in a pluralistic democracy.

University of North Georgia 2016 Arts and Letters Conference: Culture and Place
Feb 26 @ 12:03 am – Feb 28 @ 1:03 am

Call for Papers University of North Georgia 2016 Arts and Letters Conference

February 26-28, 2016

Culture and Place

The 2016 University of North Georgia Arts and Letters Conference will explore the intersection of culture and place. Place is more than location—it is people, it is material, it is climate, it is culture. Places are made through human practices and institutions and are specifically designed and constructed to evoke memories, trigger identities, and embody histories in material form. Thus, the creation of place assigns meaning and helps to define who we are, and often, who we are not. We must ask not just how places come to be, but how and why they are important for social processes, cultural practices, and historical change. How do these connections play out? Are culture and place best understood as two separate entities, or as two dynamically related processes that are best understood through each other?


This interdisciplinary conference will take up these questions and others concerning culture and place. We welcome proposals from all disciplines on a wide range of topics. Possible themes include (but are not limited to):

  • How have climate, topography, etc., intersected with culture to shape political movements and/or the histories of states?
  • How have culture and place intersected to produce or perpetuate forms of (intersecting) oppression?
  • In what ways do culture and place intersect to produce conceptions of “natural” and “normal”?
  • How do the intersections of culture and place affect or produce notions of objectivity and subjectivity?
  • What is there to discover in the intersections of culture and place in music, literature, art, science, mathematics, history, philosophy, etc.?
  • How do places and material forms intersect with social practices, social structures, norms, values, power and inequality?
  • How does material culture shape and reflect place?
  • What is the relationship between travel, culture, and place?
  • How are places made and shaped through cultural practices and cultural forms (such as tourism, development, popular culture, material culture, the environment, etc.)?
  • How are race, history, power, politics, memory, and culture emplaced?


A CFP will go out at a later time for an edited volume on the conference theme. Faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars are welcome.


Please submit the following

  1. An abstract of 300-400 words
  2. Five key words
  3. A brief biography

to: http://digitalcommons.northgeorgia.edu/alconf/

by October 9th, 2015.

When submitting a proposal for a Panel, please indicate the names of all the panelists under “Presenter

Information” and please upload abstracts for each panelist with a space between each.


Contact Sara Mason Sara.Mason@ung.edu or George Wrisley George.Wrisley@ung.edu with questions.

2016 Diversity, Learning, and Student Success
Mar 17 @ 11:00 am – Mar 19 @ 12:00 pm

The intersection of diversity, learning, and opportunity continues to shape American society and higher education.  The complexities of our history with diversity—in both the distant past and more recently—compel us as educators to engage in difficult, but essential dialogues to identify both institutional and individual barriers that stand in the way of our reaching full and meaningful inclusion in higher education for all students. Those difficult dialogues also must lead to action—specifically, to the dismantling of practices and policies that encourage division and polarization.

AAC&U’s 2016 Diversity, Learning and Student Success conference—“Shifting Paradigms and Challenging Mindsets”will examine existing paradigms in higher education that serve as catalysts for marginalization and intolerance and impede the exploration and acceptance of difference as a core value in our democratic society and in effective educational environments.  The program will explore the kinds of entrenched attitudes and policies that rest on deficit-minded assumptions about diversity, student learning, and success.  It will engage participants in “courageous conversations” that are problem-oriented and solution-driven—designed to expand our abilities to fully serve and prepare all students for lifelong success and engaged citizenship.

Conference sessions will examine how to incentivize collaborative action and higher levels of interactivity across institutions to advance student success and build democratic capacity.  Participants will be able to use the conference to develop plans for using equity-minded, student-centered learning frameworks as a resource for developing strategic plans and campus-based change agendas. Those attending as part of campus teams also will be able to explore how to develop guided learning pathways and integrated approaches to diversity and student learning focused on problem-based high-impact practices and emerging innovations in digital learning.

Appalachian Studies Association Conference @ Shepherd University
Mar 18 – Mar 20 all-day

39th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference

Voices from the Misty Mountains: Diversity and Unity, a New Appalachia

March 18-20, 2016
Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, West Virginia


Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt, Conference Chair and Local Arrangements Chair
304.876.3119 or 304.876.5207

Rachael Meads, Program Chair

We invite participation in the 39th annual Appalachian Studies Conference organized by the Appalachian Studies Association. This year’s theme is “Voices from the Misty Mountains: Diversity and Unity, a New Appalachia.” We especially invite presentations that focus on the changing face of the region; the diverse groups that constitute who we are; the educational and community institutions that either accommodate or react to the changes that challenge us and call for our best selves; and the grass-roots efforts to protect the very mountains that are the principal source of our commonality and identity.

Formats might include: individual scholarly research papers and sessions; formed sessions; poster sessions presenting scholarly research OR documenting community work; panels and community presentations; performance or sharing of films, documentaries, videos, poetry, music, plays, art, and writing; roundtable conversations on contemporary issues, e.g. activism in the region; professional development, or a newcomer’s orientation to Appalachian studies.

This preliminary call is for planning purposes only. The primary call for submissions with submission details will circulate on September 1 with a reminder October 1. The final CFP deadline will be October 15, 2015.


“Domain As Backyard” photo exhibit @ Spencer Hall Atrium
Apr 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
We are pleased to announce a multimedia exhibit “Domain As Backyard:  An exploration of our perceptions of home,” featuring student works from the Art 231 class (taught by Dr. Pradip Malde) and photographs by Mr. Sandy Gilliam, to be held tomorrow, Friday April 1st, from 5:30-7:00pm in Spencer Hall.  These works accompany a workshop “Finding Common Ground: Ecological Pluralism on the Domain” and give individual’s perspectives on the Domain as our home.
All are welcome to join the reception to interact with the artists anytime Friday between 5:30-7 pm in the Spencer Hall Atrium. Refreshments are provided.
The event is sponsored by The Collaborative for Southern Appalachian Studies, The Center for Religion and the Environment, The Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, and The School of Theology.
J. Kevin Hiers
Andy Thompson
Robin Gottfried
Lauri Fowler
The Challenge of Immigration Reform with Moira O’Neil, Ph.D. @ Gailor Auditorium, University of the South
Apr 18 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

The Collaborative for Southern Appalachian Studies and the Office of Community Engagement are pleased to announce a lecture by Dr. Moira O’Neil, Senior Researcher and Director of Interpretation at the FrameWorks Institute. She will lecture on “The Challenge of Immigration Reform” on Monday, April 18, 2016 in Gailor Auditorium at 4:30 p.m.

As Senior Researcher and Director of Interpretation at the FrameWorks Institute, Dr. O’Neil works with an interdisciplinary team employing a range of methods to further public understanding of social issues. Frameworks’ work on social policy analysis led to their receipt in 2015 of a MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative & Effective Institutions. In her lecture, Dr. O’Neil will offer the results Frameworks’ research conducted over a period of five years, which addressed the questions of

  • How Americans think about immigration;
  • Why they think what they do; and
  • How advocates might best engage Americans in a discussion about immigration reform.Challenge of Immigration Reform

A reception will follow the lecture.

Manuscript Deadline: Journal of Appalachian Studies Forum on Economic Development in Appalachia
Jul 1 all-day

Call for Papers
for a Journal of Appalachian Studies Forum
On Economic Development in Appalachia

The Journal of Appalachian Studies announces a special two-year forum on sustainable economic development in Appalachia, starting with the journal’s Spring 2016 (Vol 22, No 1) issue and ending with the Fall 2017 (Vol 23, No 2) issue.

We invite the submission of manuscripts dealing with practices relevant to sustainable economic development in Appalachian communities. We will consider a wide-range of scholarship from a variety of disciplines and applied fields. Manuscripts focusing on economic development theory, empirical and/or applied research, or narrative essays on development issues will be welcome. We also seek research, which compares Appalachia to other regions in the world.

Scholars are encouraged to submit papers addressing, but not limited to, the following topics:

Tourism and development Social capital, trust, politics, and development
Infrastructure Broadband and technology
Education, labor, capital, and development Funding community and economic development
Entrepreneurship Place-based development
Local food movements Downtown development
Local currency Land ownership
Environmental capital and sustainable development Gender and development
Taxes and development The creative class in Appalachia
Vision-building Public participation methods
Health care and its effects on development Globalization
The Commons Privatization and neoliberalism
Cooperatives, non-profits, employee-owned business Credit, access to capital
Out- and in-migration and development Social change, policy and movements

The deadline for manuscripts to be considered for publication for the Spring 2016 issue is July 1, 2015. The deadline for the Fall 2016 issue is February 1, 2016; the Spring 2017 deadline is July 1, 2016; and the Fall 2017 issue deadline is February 1, 2017.

Articles should be submitted electronically to the JAS online manuscript submission portal. This secure, personalized resource will allow you to track your manuscript through each step of the review and acceptance process. To get started, and view manuscript submission guidelines, visit the Journal’s submissions page. Questions about the forum and/or the review process should be directed to the Journal’s Editor, Shaunna Scott, atshaunna.scott@uky.edu or to the Forum’s Special Editor, Will Hatcher, at william.hatcher@eku.edu.


Post-Secondary Readiness in Rural Communities @ Renaissance Nashville Hotel
Jul 25 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

REL(Regional Educational Laboratory) Appalachia is teaming up with REL Mid-Atlantic and REL Northwest for a cross-REL event: Post-Secondary Readiness in Rural Communities. The event will take place on July 25, 2016 from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM CDT at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel – 611 Commerce Street, Nashville, TN 37203.

Key Topics:

  • Research on preparing students in rural areas for college and careers.
  • Educator perspectives on/experiences with programs assisting rural students.
  • Student perspectives on barriers to college and career readiness, including their successes overcoming them.


  • Dr. Aaron Thompson, Executive Vice President, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
  • Dr. Thomas Brewster, Superintendent, Pulaski County Schools (VA)
  • Dr. Kathy D’Antoni, Chief Career and Technical Education Officer, West Virginia Department of Education
  • Education researchers from all three RELs, as well as students and practitioners from across the three REL regions.

Who Should Attend:
Individuals and/or teams of practitioners and leaders from rural schools and districts, as well as education researchers interested in rural education.



Aspire Appalachia: Collaborations in Rural Development @ Millennium Centre
Aug 30 – Aug 31 all-day

Aspire Appalachia: Collaborations in Rural Development

An Appalachian Regional Commission Conference
Hosted by the State of Tennessee

August 30–31, 2016
Millennium Centre
Johnson City, Tennessee

Rural communities are the backbone of the Appalachian Region. The people, places, and development potential in these areas are valuable assets that can help Appalachia build a robust and resilient economy. ARC’s August 30-31 Aspire Appalachia conference, hosted by the state of Tennessee, will explore how rural workforce development, entrepreneurship, infrastructure development, leadership, and asset development can continue making Appalachia America’s next great investment opportunity.

Conference sessions will focus on ARC’s strategic plan goals, highlighting examples of investments in rural Appalachia that:

  • Support entrepreneurial and business development to strengthen rural economies;
  • Increase knowledge, skills, and health for a ready local workforce;
  • Increase access to broadband to spur economic activity in rural communities;
  • Leverage natural and cultural assets to increase local economic development potential; and
  • Build leadership capacity to advance community and economic development.

Join community thinkers, next-generation leaders, and development colleagues in Johnson City, Tennessee, this August to learn how rural communities are building new opportunity for Appalachia’s future.

See the conference Web site to learn more and to register.