Appalachian Center: Spring Semester 2007 Events



12:00 p.m.

MTR Photos by Kit Cottrell Berea Student

Kit Cottrell shows her photographs of mountaintop removal sites, taken during last summer’s writer’s tour in eastern Kentucky.

Location: Bruce-Trades 226


I Love Mountains Day Rally in Frankfort

Students, faculty and staff will be attending the “I love Mountains Day” Rally in Frankfort, Kentucky. To join the group contact Tammy Horn (x3724); RSVP by February 9.
Co-sponsored by ESE.


7:30 p.m.

Appalachian Heritage Featured Authors’ Reading

Author Darnell Arnoult will read excerpts from her recent works. She is the featured author in the Winter 2007 issue of Appalachian Heritage magazine. Arnoult is from rural Smith County, Tennessee, and is author of the novel Sufficient Grace. Her book of poetry, What Travels With Us, won the 2005 Weatherford Award for the best in Appalachian Fiction and Poetry. It also won the Southeast Independent Booksellers Association award for poetry book of the year 2006. All are welcome.
Co-sponsored by the Department of English, Theatre, and Speech Communication.

Location: Woods-Penn Commons



Maurice Manning — A Poetry Reading

A native of Danville, Kentucky, Maurice Manning has written three books of poetry: Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions, which won the Yale Younger Poets Award in 2007; A Companion for Owls: Being the Commonplace of Daniel Book, Long Hunter, Back Woodsman & c, published in 2004; and Bucolics, due in 2007. He is a professor of Creative Writing at Indiana University.

Location: Frost 218


7:30 p.m.

Dave Cooper and the Mountaintop Removal Road Show

A narrated slide show introduction to MTR, with general information about issues related to the process, including coal and electricity, community and environmental impacts of MTR, reclamation and the Surface Mining Reclamation Act of 1977.

Location: Trustees Room, Seabury Center


4:00 p.m.

Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining:

An information session with Patrick Angel from the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation and Rick Sweigard from UK’s Mining Engineering Department.

Location: Trustees Room, Seabury Center


10:00 a.m.

Tony Oppegard & Steve Earle on Mine Safety and History of the UMW

Tony Oppegard has worked as a mining safety advocate for 26 years as a public interest attorney, a federal (MSHA) mining official, a state prosecutor of mine safety violations, and a private attorney for wrongful death cases. Most recently, he has represented the Darby miners’ widows. Steve Earle has been a United Mine Workers member for 27 years. As representative of UMWA, he lobbies state officials for health benefits related to black lung victims, mine safety, and scholarships for children of disabled miners. He will be speaking about United Mine Workers history in Kentucky. They will be speaking to Dr. Tammy Horn’s APS 299 class. All are welcome. Sponsored by SENS and ESE.

Location: Bruce-Trades 226


Appalachian Studies Conference, Maryville, Tennessee

Many from the Appalachian Center and Berea College will be attending the 30th Appalachian Studies Conference. For more information see Maryville College’s Web site. Scholarships are available for students, but the deadline for applying is February 12.
See the Web site for an online application.

4-2-2007 to

Exhibit: Mountain/ No Mountain
Weavings, Photographs & Broadsides by Dobree Adams

Kentucky artist Dobree Adams weaves rugs and tapestries from her handspun yarns. She also photographs the landscape that so powerfully influences and inspires her work. This exhibit will include pieces that explore MTR’s affect on the landscape and the artist. Half of any sales will be donated to KFTC.

Location: Hutchins Library


3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Reception for artist Dobree Adams.
Gallery Talk at 4:00 p.m.

Location: Hutchins Library


MTR Tour in eastern Kentucky

Co-sponsored by SENS, ESE.
To insure a place or for more information, contact Tammy Horn at 859-985-3724



Randy Wilson, “Spirituality and Environmental Activism”

In a lunchtime session, Randy Wilson will discuss how spirituality informs his environmental activism, sharing some of his music and stories along the way. Randy has been active in the folk music and dance communities of Eastern Kentucky and beyond, as well as in the multi-issue activist group, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and a Master of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. He is currently folk artist-in-residence at the Hindman Settlement School in Knott County, Kentucky, and has been a visiting artist in the schools throughout the state. He plays guitar, banjo, lap dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, concertina, and autoharp and is an inspiring, engaging, and entertaining singer, songwriter and storyteller.
Co-sponsored by the Campus Christian Center.

Location: Bruce-Trades Room 226


10:00 a.m.

Tom FitzGerald, “Environmental Legislation History in Kentucky”

FitzGerald graduated with a law degree from UK in 1980. Since 1984, he has been director of the Kentucky Resources Council. He has received numerous awards for his service to the citizens of Kentucky, most recently by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth in 2006. He will be speaking in Tammy Horn’s APS 229 Contemporary Issues Class about environmental legislation history in Kentucky. All are invited.

Location: Frost 103


3:00 p.m.

Tricia Feeney, “Water Rights Are Human Rights: A Berea Graduate’s Journey to Justice in the Appalachian Coal Fields”

This college-wide convocation features community organizer, 2005 recipient of the Compton Mentor Fellowship, and Berea College graduate Tricia Feeney. Feeney spent her fellowship year based in Boone, North Carolina, strengthening grassroots efforts for local change and developing a Citizen’s Guide for Water Security in Appalachian Mining Communities. This convocation event is co-sponsored with the Campus Christian Center and the Center for Excellence in Learning through Service (CELTS).

Location: Phelps Stokes Auditorium



Tammy Horn, NEH Appalachian Studies Chair, “The Potential Impact of MTR on Honey Bees”

Location:Hutchins Library, Room 106


7:30 p.m.

Erynn Marshall, Chris Coole, Arnie Naiman Old Time Music Concert

Former Appalachian Music Fellow (2006), Erynn Marshall, returns with friends for a concert as part of a CD release tour to perform many of the tunes she learned from her time studying in the sound archives at Berea College. Lively, fun, and skillful fiddle, banjo, and guitar playing with sweet harmony singing! Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for Berea College students, children, and youth (under 18). For more information, call 859-661-6538.

Location: Danforth Chapel in the Draper Building

5-17-2007 to

Berea International Festival