Upcoming Events

Fall Term 2018

5th-7th: Fall Into Words – Kentucky State Poetry Society Poetry Festival

Loyal Jones Appalachian Center

Attend poetry workshops, network with editors, and attend creative readings by Kentucky authors, including keynote reader Kathleen Driskell.

Registration and More Information Here!

11th – Free Showing of hillbilly: the movie

Baird Lounge – Alumni Building, Berea College Campus


There will be a reception, live music, and producers from the movie will join in a post show discussion. Check out our Facebook Event for more information!

18th – Dinner on the Grounds – Mike Clark

Loyal Jones Appalachian center


Mike Clark is a 1967 graduate of Berea College. While a student, he attended the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March and thus started a life of involvement and activist. After graduation, he worked as an Appalachian Volunteer, a photojournalist for the Mountain Eagle newspaper, and as a program staffer at the Highlander Center. He later became president of the Highlander Center and went on to work with both national and international environmental groups. He has served as the executive director of several organizations including Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, and The Greater Yellowstone Coalition.

24th – Peanut Butter & Gender – Deborah Hicks-Rogoff

Draper 106


A light lunch will be provided

25th – Convocation – Kiesa Kay: Love Makes a Home: The Life of Rebecca Boone

Phelps Stokes Chapel


In Kay’s historical play, Rebecca, the main character, a trail-blazing midwife, shares her memories from 1811. Rebecca didn’t have a home to keep, but her adventures with her husband, legendary American frontiersman Daniel Boone, made up for what was missing. Old time fiddler Bruce Greene will perform tunes from the area crossed by the Boones.

25th-27th – Celebration of Traditional Music

Various Locations

Join us for live music concerts showcasing just a selection of the talent within the Appalachian Region.

View the Schedule Here!


8th – A showing of: The Ballad of Shirley Collins

Loyal Jones Appalachian Center


This year is the 59th anniversary of a seminal 1959 song-collecting trip around the Southern United States by pre-eminent ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax. On the trip with him as his ‘secretary’ was an unknown English singer called Shirley Collins. Alan had met her in the UK, where he’d been avoiding the attentions of the McCarthy witch-hunts, and they became lovers. Together they returned to an America on the cusp of the Civil Rights movement, and embarked on a road-trip where they collected a vital body of music that provides a peerless document of the time. Shirley was to go on to become the most significant English traditional singer of her age, before losing her voice in mysterious circumstances in the 1980s. This film juxtaposes this transatlantic road-trip from the start of her career with the story of her brave attempt (at the age of 80) to rediscover her voice and place in the pantheon of musical greats. The film is both a celebration of the power of tradition and an inspiring story of triumph over adversity, and one that explores the enduring flow of cultural exchange between the US and UK.

The film recently finished a prominent international festival run, and has completed it’s UK theatrical release. The US release is supported by Lush Cosmetics. Alongside regular screenings, we will be following the route of Shirley and Alan’s trip with a series of event screenings. We have already built our audience base through a successful Kickstarter campaign, and have backing from prominent musicians across the States who hold Shirley in high regard.

Spring Term 2019

25th – Songwriter Night with Liza & AJ

Loyal Jones Appalachian Center


Join Liza DiSavino and A.J. Bodnar for a night of music and fun!

Liza & A.J. are in their sixteenth year as faculty and performers at the accredited folk arts school Common Ground on the Hill in Westminster, Maryland. In addition to their performance schedule as a duo and as folk dance musicians, the two currently work at Berea College, KY, where A.J. plays for the dance program including the 75-year-old Country Dancers and sings lead for the Mariachi Band, and Liza leads the college Folk-Roots Ensemble and teaches classes in music education, Appalachian music, and songwriting. She also has served on the committee for the Celebration of Traditional Music for four years. Both appeared on the college’s nationally CBS broadcast Christmas special, and Liza and the Folk-Roots Ensemble appeared last year with the Chieftans, and they host the weekly web broadcast “Sound Politics” on WBER.