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EPG Directed Field Experience Student Presentations

Posted on September 10, 2014 by Christopher Miller

Students from Cohort 10, now in their second year of LJAC’s Entrepreneurship for the Public Good (EPG) program will present on their summer Directed Field Experiences.  All are welcome.  Local foods dinner served at 5:30pm.

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CFS 103 Course in Gallery

Posted on September 9, 2014 by Christopher Miller

CFS 103, the Food Studies I course, taught by Professor Janice Blythe. will visit the LJAC, explore the Gallery and have a directed encounter with artifacts in the Appalachian Studies Teaching Collection.   LJAC Associate Director and Curator Christopher Miller … Continue reading

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Community Writers Workshop: (de)Forming Histories, Gretchen E. Henderson

Posted on September 4, 2014 by Christopher Miller

Are you a writer curious to engage images, or an artist wishing to deepen your engagement with text?  This workshop will open up a variety of creative practices to generate new content and form by deforming different media.  In the … Continue reading

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Gallery Closed for Opening Convo

Posted on August 28, 2014 by Christopher Miller

The LJAC will be closed for the President Roelofs’ Opening Convocation at Seabury Center.  Please join the entire Berea Community there.

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KFTC Madison Co. Chapter Meeting

Posted on August 26, 2014 by Christopher Miller

The Madison County, Kentucky Chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) will meet in the LJAC Gallery.

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Appalachian Ballad Night

Posted on April 22, 2014 by Lizbeth Saucedo

The members of the Berea College Folk Roots Ensemble are performing Appalachian ballads from the Berea Archives. Anyone who wishes to perform traditional ballads can sign up at 7:00; it’s a first come, first serve basis. The Berea College Folk … Continue reading

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Introduction to the Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer

Posted on March 12, 2014 by Lizbeth Saucedo

This event will take place Wednesday, March 12, 2014 & Wednesday, March 19, 2014 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm     Adrian and Margaret Dotson will lead this participatory music event that will focus on new dulcimer players. No musical background is required. Guest … Continue reading

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Crankies, Ballads, Stories, & Tunes

Posted on February 26, 2014 by Lizbeth Saucedo

Anna & Elizabeth host a night of traditional ballads, fiddle tune, and stories, and their mesmerizing shadow puppets and ‘crankies’ — a storytelling box with series of scrolls of paper or fabric, which is then cranked to accompany the old … Continue reading

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Acoustic Singer-Songwriter Night (hosted by the Berea College Folk Ensemble)

Posted on January 31, 2014 by Lizbeth Saucedo

Singer-Songwriters from the Folk/Roots Ensemble will be hosting a night of music. The Berea College Folk Roots Ensemble studies and performs roots-based music, starting with Appalachian and working out from there to include other kinds of American roots music. Acoustic singer-songwriters … Continue reading

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Dinner on the Grounds: Appalachian Health & Well-Being

Posted on November 18, 2013 by Lizbeth Saucedo

The Dinner on the Grounds presentation will be a brief overview of key factors influencing health across the Appalachian region: genetics,environment, lifestyles, and health care systems. It examines the current health status of Appalachians in the areas such as cardiovascular health, diabetes … Continue reading

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The Doris Ulmann Foundation at Berea College: Documenting the Crafts in Southern Appalachia by Lisa Kriner AND Appalachia and the Construction of Race by Alicestyne Turley

Posted on October 14, 2013 by Lizbeth Saucedo

Click Here to read the Introduction to the Presentations (see below for details on the presentations and their presenters) The Doris Ulmann Foundation at Berea College: Documenting the Crafts in Southern Appalachia As Appalachian Scholar for 2011-12, Lisa Kriner spent … Continue reading

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A Community Writers Workshop on Fiction with Novelist Marie Manilla

Posted on October 9, 2013 by Chris Green

“The Importance of Emotional Honesty and Urgency in Fiction” This workshop will focus on finding those critical light-bulb moments in our lives that provide excellent fodder for fiction. The class will include brief sample readings, group discussion, and writing exercises. … Continue reading

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Dinner on the Grounds: Bill Best, “Heirloom Seeds: Appalachia’s Gift To The World”

Posted on September 9, 2013 by Chris Green

Click here to read the Introduction to Bill Best’s Presentation  This talk will be about the history of seed saving in Appalachia and how the food plants of the region are continuing to be grown and utilized, not only in … Continue reading

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Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap

Posted on August 29, 2013 by Lizbeth Saucedo

Paul C. Gorski is an Associate Professor of Integrative Studies in George Mason University’s New Century College, where he teaches in the Social Justice and Education programs and the founder of EdChange. He has authored or edited several books, including … Continue reading

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Dolly Arrived

Posted on June 26, 2013 by Christopher Miller

The Dolly Parton Pinball machine arrived at the LJAC. Continue reading

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A Community Writers Workshop on Non-Fiction with Rachael Peckham

Posted on April 18, 2013 by Webteam

Peckham will offer writing exercises and revision strategies as well as read from and discuss her work. Rachael Peckham is the author of Muck Fire (Spring Garden Press) and the recipient of the 2010 Robert Watson Poetry Award. Her nonfiction … Continue reading

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Talking Appalachian: Voices of Place

Posted on April 16, 2013 by Webteam

History, power, and sociopolitical institutions shape our attitudes about language and whether we view them with pride or prejudice. This presentation blends voices of scholarship and creative writers in an attempt to define what it means to speak one of … Continue reading

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bell hooks on her book Beyond Race

Posted on April 8, 2013 by Webteam

A LJAC Dinner on the Grounds

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Appalachian Heritage celebrates its 40th Anniversary Issue with Gurney Norman, Silas House, and Crystal Wilkinson

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Ron Rash, “Tell the Truth, but Tell it Slant: The Past as Present in Appalachia,”

Posted on April 4, 2013 by Webteam

Berea’s Convocation Appalachian Lecture

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A Community Writers Workshop on Comics and Graphic Narratives with Arwen Donahue

Posted on March 19, 2013 by Webteam

Donahue will offer exercises and revision strategies as well as discuss her work. Arwen Donahue is a farmer and multidisciplinary artist whose work is born from the fertile culture of her homeplace in central Kentucky. As an illustrator, her clients … Continue reading

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Cormac McCarthy Society, All the Pretty Horses 20th Anniversary Conference

Posted on March 6, 2013 by Webteam

All the Pretty Horses 20th Anniversary Conference, Co-Sponsored with Appalachian Heritage.

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A Community Writers Workshop on Fiction with Silas House

Posted on February 28, 2013 by Webteam

House will offer writing exercises and revision strategies as well as read from and discuss his work. Silas House is the author of five novels:  Clay’s Quilt (2001),  A Parchment of Leaves (2003), The Coal Tattoo (2004), Eli the Good (2009), Same Sun Here (co-authored with Neela Vaswani, … Continue reading

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Saro Lynch-Thomason on the Blair Pathways Music Project and the Fight to Save Blair Mountain from MTR

Posted on February 27, 2013 by Webteam

A LJAC Dinner on the Grounds You’re invited to our next Dinner on the Grounds program at the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center! Blair Pathways: The Musical History of the West Virginia Mine Wars and the Fight to Save Blair Mountain. … Continue reading

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A Community Writers Workshop on Poetry with Lynell Edwards

Posted on February 5, 2013 by Webteam

Edwards will offer writing exercises and revision strategies as well as read from and discuss her work.  Lynnell Major Edwards is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Covet (October, 2011),  The Farmer’s Daughter (2003) and The Highwayman’s Wife (2007), all from Red … Continue reading

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Mass Incarceration Central Appalachia Prisoner Support Network

Posted on January 23, 2013 by Webteam

A Dinner on the Grounds. Co-sponsored with the Campus Christian Center, the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education, and Women’s and Gender Studies.

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Serving Appalachia Through the Christian Appalachian Project (CAP)

Posted on November 29, 2012 by Lizbeth Saucedo

CAP serves people in need in Appalachia through self-help human service programs that transform lives. It is through serving others that CAP shares God’s love. CAP programs impact lives in both direct and indirect ways. Helping those we serve maintain … Continue reading

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bell Hooks: Appalachian Elegy Poetry and Place

Posted on October 29, 2012 by Lizbeth Saucedo

In Appalachian Elegy, a collection of poems inspired by her life in the Kentucky hills, bell hooks gives voice to her passion for environmentalism and sustainability. Award winning author Naomi Wallace writes, “bell hooks forces us to hear her ‘fierce, … Continue reading

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Janisse Ray: The Seed Underground, A Growing Revolution to Save Food (A Book Release Celebration)

Posted on September 24, 2012 by Lizbeth Saucedo

Across the country, a renaissance of local food, farming, and place-based culinary traditions is taking hold. And yet something small, critically important, and profoundly at risk is being overlooked in this local food resurgence: seeds. We are losing our seeds. … Continue reading

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Berea College Premiers Central-Kentucky Showing of Documentary “Anne Braden: Southern Patriot”

Posted on September 17, 2012 by Lizbeth Saucedo

  In keeping with Berea’s mission to promote social justice and equality for “all peoples of the earth,” the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education, the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center, and the Peace and Social Justice Studies program are … Continue reading

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Silas House Reading; Chinaberry

Posted on April 21, 2011 by Lizbeth Saucedo

A reading from Chinaberry by James Still and edited by Silas House  

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African and African-American Musical Connections in Appalachia

Posted on April 20, 2011 by Lizbeth Saucedo

Professor Bullock explores the connections between African-American and Appalachian music. Beginning with the African musical heritage, she moves to the United States, revealing the origins of African-American folk songs, spirituals, work songs, and blues in their substantial influence on Appalachian … Continue reading

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Reports From Appalachian Fellows

Posted on April 11, 2011 by Lizbeth Saucedo

The Appalachian Fellows program is a faculty development initiative that supports Berea faculty in their teaching or research that deals with Appalachia.  

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Appalachian Heritage featuring Cormac McCarthy

Posted on March 25, 2011 by Lizbeth Saucedo

Peter Josyph, Rick Wallach, and Wes Morgan presenting on Cormac McCarthy’s work in celebration of the Appalachian Heritage Winter 2011 issue.  

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Searching for an American Gospel

Posted on February 22, 2011 by Lizbeth Saucedo

Erik Reece is the acclaimed author of Lost Mountain, which examines a year in the death of a single mountain in the name of mountaintop removal. His most recent book is An American Gospel, which is part family metaphor and … Continue reading

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Our Side of Black Mountain: African Americans in Southwest Virginia

Posted on February 21, 2011 by Lizbeth Saucedo

In 1986 the Carson’s founded the African American Cultural Center in Southwest Virginia. The Center is housed in the former one-room school building that was built in 1939 by Ron’s great-great grandmother, Rachael Scott, to provide education to the Black … Continue reading

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